Home for Recovery
The Red Road Lodge located at 631 Main Street was formerly known as the New Occidental Hotel. This once infamous Main Street hotel has been transformed into a 40-room transitional housing facility providing safe, affordable housing with support services to at-risk individuals. A holistic individual-centred focus is maintained, recognizing each individual’s emotional, psycho-social, intellectual, physical and spiritual needs and potential, in addition to their right to self-determination.
The Red Road Lodge provides a respectful place for these at-risk individuals and is committed to assisting them through their periods of crisis, helping them make the best possible use of rehabilitation services offered in throughout the City. Empowering programs have been designed and are being delivered which build life-skills, assist in finding permanent housing enhanced income and employment opportunities.
In addition to providing safe, affordable housing, the Red Road Lodge is home to “Studio 631 – an Urban Art Centre” that serves as an Arts and Culture Community Resource, Education and Wellness Centre providing event/meeting space, classroom and library space, arts and culture programming at little or no cost to the inner-city residents and Main Street Homeless population.
Please direct Red Road Lodge and Studio 631 inquiries to Bev Roberts at 218-7845.
The Red Road
The Red Road is a concept in Native Aboriginal Spirtuality of the right path of life. In the traditional worldview of many Aboriginal people, the Red Road is a spiritually balanced, harmonious, fulfilling, meaningful, respectful life of growth and progression into wisdom and maturity.
Stemming from traditional spirituality of the North American prairies, the Red Road concept is being used widely in contemporary pan-Aboriginal beliefs to signify personal development in a positive direction regarding addictions, self-sufficiency, mental health and participation in traditional ceremonies.
“The Red Road”
The long road winding began in the stars, spilled onto the mountaintops, was carried in the snow to the streams, to the rivers, to the ocean.
The Red Road is a circle of people standing hand in hand, people in this world, people between people in the Spirit world, Star people, Animal people, Stone people, River people, Tree people, The Sacred Hoop.
To walk the Red Road, you are given rights. You have the right to pray, you have the right to dance, you have the right to think, you have the right to protect, you have the right to know Mother Earth, you have the right to dream, you have the right to vision, you have the right to teach, you have the right to learn, you have the right to grieve, you have the right to happiness, you have the right to fix the wrongs, you have the right to truth, you have the right to the Spirit World.
To walk the Red Road is to look for beauty in all things. To walk the Red Road is to know you will one day cross to the Spirit World, and you will not be afraid.
I walk the Red Road.
-Unknown (abridged version)