Local Business Supports GoHere App

Local Business Supports GoHere App

Local business owner Tyler Smith has opened his bathrooms to help people in need while traveling along Highway 17, as part of the GoHere program.

Local Business Supports GoHere App

GoHere is a free app that helps people locate a participating business that provides washroom accessibility, no questions asked.

People suffering from diseases like Crohn's, colitis, IBS, or other conditions such as pregnancy can experience incontinence. Knowing there are facilities available to use in an emergency, can give people the confidence to get out in the community and travel knowing they have somewhere to stop if needed.

Former 17E Trading Post employee, Nolan Ford was diagnosed with Crohn's in January of 2019. Nolan is doing very well, and along with his mom, Carole Hunt-Ford, they've been doing their part to raise awareness of the disease, help with fundraising for Crohn's and Colitis Canada and now spreading the word about the GoHere app.

They approached Tyler about participating when they discovered there were no GoHere stops along Hwy 17 between Sault Ste. Marie and Lively.

Participating businesses, like the 17E Trading Post will be identified by displaying the GoHere decal on their storefront window. The decal signals to people with incontinence that washrooms are open and available, no questions asked. The locations can be identified on a map, by using the GoHere app.

"It only took a minute online to sign up. They had me on the map the next day", says Tyler.

Carole and Nolan are hoping that other businesses with extended hours will consider participating in the program.