A message to our community from President and CEO Roy Butler
Atlohsa Family Healing Services (Atlohsa) and the City of London were in need of a new location for an Indigenous-led winter shelter following a senseless act of arson that destroyed the planned location on River Road. St. Joseph’s Health Care London is pleased to be able to support this urgent need and is providing a location for the shelter on the grounds of our Parkwood Institute site at the corner of Commissioners Road and Wellington Road.
St. Joseph’s has a long history as an organization that cares for the most vulnerable in our society. We believe we must work together as a community to find meaningful solutions that address homelessness in our city.
The Atlohsa shelter will include two large trailers, two teepees on our site and access to a stand-alone building currently not in use. The Atlohsa team will oversee and provide 24/7 support and services, maintaining this as an independent and self-sufficient shelter for up to 30 Indigenous people experiencing homelessness.
The Parkwood Institute campus serves a multitude of purposes as a place of care, rehabilitation, healing and recovery, a home to our veterans and a proud place to work. This shelter is a welcome addition and is expected to be in place until spring 2022.
I would like to thank Atlohsa, the City of London, and the leaders and staff at St. Joseph’s who worked together to create this solution.
President and CEO