SOS (Street Outreach Services) Program
As of December 3, 2014, the SOS Team has hit the road for another season!
The SOS Team, which is a highly trained, skilled team of compassionate people, will be out on the road everyday. This team will be out in teams of two from 2PM - 2AM daily, offering their services to homeless, intoxicated and high risk people in our community.
The team will be answering calls from individuals, businesses, emergency service providers and other agencies. These calls can be made by anyone who wants to help people move to a safer, warmer location better suited to their needs. The SOS team works closely with many agencies in the community including the Thunder Bay Police, Emergency Services, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Balmoral Withdrawal Management Centre to ensure prompt access to services that people may need.
The SOS program has received funding from The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board that will allow the program to run for six months. TBDSSAB has also donated a gently used van that will be used to not only transport people but also to carry much needed supplies. The team will have on hand supplies such as warm clothing, blankets, food and harm reductions supplies for distribution as needed.
In the programs four month pilot study, January - April 2014, the team transported 950 individuals and provide support and compassion to those who needed it most whether through a blanket, a sandwich or just a friendly check in once in a while. This program was deemed a success and received an "Outstanding Community Project" Award through the Mayor's Community Safety Awards.