Unlike many other businesses, Residents in Recovery ended up benefiting from COVID-19 after going through a financial set back in January.
“We were able to apply for some COVID related funding, so that got us through,” said Lorenz.
Since most people were feeling the negative financial affects of the pandemic, Lorenz mentioned that he wasn’t able to get very much community funding which is what Residents in Recovery runs off of.
Residents in Recovery is still waiting on government funding to continue improving the community they built for recovering addicts.
The staff has a meeting with Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) on Monday to discuss future potential funding.
“[During COVID-19] we did receive one grant through Reaching Home to open our fourth house to allow us the opportunity to have a quarantine area in one of the houses.”
Considering the sober living homes house a max of 25 people in total, residents had to be isolated.
“We locked down all of our houses. Three of the houses remain locked down where they’re not able to interact with the community or the public at all,” Lorenz explained.
The Residents in Recovery centre downtown remains closed to the public, however, it is open to sober living residents as of this week.
There are many different programs for recovering clients which also needed adjusting once the COVID pandemic hit.
“All of our programming now is a combination of face-to-face programming at the centre and virtual programming,” said Lorenz.
Although the doors Residents in Recovery are still closed to the public, Lorenz mentioned that they are not closed to newcomers in need of help.
“Any new clients we bring in, we put them through 14 day quarantine before we integrate them with the other houses just to make sure they’re free of the virus.”
The affects isolation had on residents turned out to be positive.
“We have actually only had one relapse since the middle of February so we’ve done quite well,” said Lorenz. “The one relapse really has shocked me. I still can’t believe that we’ve only lost one person while they were locked up. It’s pretty amazing.”
The recovery centre was meant to host their annual golf tournament in May which is their largest fundraiser of the year.
The tournament was postponed due to COVID-19 but they are hoping to reschedule.
“We’re actually looking at the possibility of maybe having it in September but we’re talking about that tonight at our board meeting so we’ll see.”