SASHA clients have the option of living in SASHA Housing, or independently in the community, depending on their assessed needs. Our 4 homes are located in lovely, quiet neighbourhoods near the heart of Lethbridge. We provide a family atmosphere with common spaces for meals and entertainment, weekly house meetings, and shared household chores. Most clients share rooms. Clients have access to supports 24 hours a day.
SASHA homes are recovery focused. We provide:
Permanent Supportive Housing
Transitional / Stabilization Housing
Assertive Intensive Case Management
Independent Living Skills Support
Community Treatment Order
SASHA Residential Program
A team of multidisciplinary staff offer support to individuals in our residential program 24 hours a day, with16 transitional and 8 long term bed spaces, across four homes. Staff offer teaching in managing mental illness, living in physically and emotionally healthy ways, managing medications, nutrition and meal preparation, household maintenance, money management and budgeting, the development and maintenance of life skills and independent living skills, community integration and meaningful activity, and any other supports needed as directed by the client. Individualized Service Plans are utilized to outline the direction and support provided to clients, and to connect service goals to client goals.
Staff are trained to assess symptoms and to provide therapeutic interventions, and all clients are connected to an AHS mental health therapist. Length of stay varies from a few weeks in respite to permanent residential living. In between, clients are also supported in transitioning into supported housing within the community, independent housing, or other housing options.
VERSA Permanent Supportive Housing Program
The Versa program provides permanent supportive housing (PSH) for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. This program builds on the success of SASHA’s residential mental health support program. The main goal of PSH programming is to provide safe and stable housing to participants based on the principles of housing first. Having a home at Versa gives participants who have a suspected or diagnosed mental illness the ability to focus on addressing mental health or addictions issues with staff support.
The Versa PSH program has space for 10 participants and 2 staff are available 24 hours a day. Staffing supports also include access to a registered nurse and a case manager to help individuals connect with community resources. Participants are offered support in the areas of physical health, mental health, justice, substance use, daily living supports and recreation. Support services are based on the principles of recovery, community integration and self-reliance.
SASHA 2.0 Permanent Supportive Community Living
SASHA clients who develop the skills to live independently in the community can do so while still receiving supports from SASHA. We have helped many clients successfully make the move to their own housing, achieving the dream of independent living.
Permanent supportive community living is client driven. SASHA provides outreach support to continue empowering clients to make healthy choices, while helping connect them to a wide range of other community services so that each client has an inclusive network of supports. This includes:
Social Supports & Inclusion
Independent Living Skills Support
Engaging with Natural and Community Supports
A Continuum of Supports
SASHA realizes that each individual progresses towards their goals at their own pace. Sometimes people need to go backwards and forwards in order to get to where they ultimately want to be.
No one loses their space at SASHA. As an individual’s circumstances change, SASHA adjusts support plans and housing with them, allowing the client to know that no matter what happens, they have a safe place with SASHA.
This means that clients may move amongst the 3 different SASHA homes based on their needs. It also means that clients living independently in the community can come back to SASHA homes for a period, or permanently, based on their needs.
SASHA programming is always individualized to the client. As the client evolves, our supports, skills development, activities and connections do too.
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