The Twelve Days of Giving
December 13th: HomeBridge
HomeBridge believes in the strength and resilience of vulnerable youth. Through six youth care facilities, an accredited school & therapeutic programs, they work to help the youth heal from their past trauma, build healthy relationships & develop the skills & awareness to be their best self.
Read more about HomeBridge or donate here - www.homebridgeyouth.ca
December 14th: Laing House
A drop-in centre with a non-judgmental, come-as-you-are attitude, Laing House offers young people with lived mental health experience a safe space to access peer support and work on their recovery goals. Laing House is a place to meet and socialize with others dealing with similar issues, a place to try new activities (yoga, painting, music) and a place to have a snack and just relax for a while. Whether someone needs help developing coping strategies—or help finding a job or an apartment - Laing House is there for them.
Read more about Laing House or donate here - www.lainghouse.org
December 15th: Souls Harbour Rescue Mission
Souls Harbour Rescue Mission exists to rescue people from poverty, addiction and despair by offering emergency help such as food, clothing and shelter, life changing recovery programs and a message of hope.
SHRM has 3 drop-in centres: Halifax, Bridgewater & Truro. This year SHRM will serve approximately 90,000 meals from those drop-in centres. Their location in Halifax and Truro operates a "Free Mart" - a free clothing & household goods store. This fall they opened a women and children's home on the Eastern Shore and a men's recovery shelter in Halifax.
SHRM also operate Mission Mart - a charity thrift store where all the proceeds go towards their feeding & shelter programs.
Learn more or donate at shrm.ca
December 16th: Byrony House
The Halifax Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (Bryony House) believes all women and their children have the right to live free of intimate partner violence.
Bryony House is a 24-bed shelter. Each year, approximately 470 women and children stay with us and 2,500 distress calls are answered. Their dedicated counsellors are there to answer the 24-hour distress line, provide individual/group supportive counselling, public education, advocacy and referrals. An important part of their work is to break the cycle of abuse. Women who contact us come from many walks of life, socio-economic classes and cultural backgrounds. What they have in common is that they are in, or are fleeing, an abusive intimate relationship.
Today, Bryony House continues to provide transitional supports and services that strengthen our community, educate the public and empower women.
Their brand new shelter, designed and built with purpose will open its doors in December 2021.
Learn more or donate at www.bryonyhouse.ca
December 17th: Street Connections
The Street Connection is a mobile soup kitchen that provides fresh meals and bread to families in four low income areas of Halifax. Over half of those served each week are children.
Learn more or donate at www.street.ns.ca
December 18th: The North Grove Community Centre
The North Grove is a dynamic community hub located in the heart of Dartmouth North. A Family and Community Food Centre offer programs for people to learn and connect through family support, food and friendship.
Learn more or donate at thenorthgrove.ca
December 19th: Open Door Women’s Centre
Open Door is a non-profit organization that has served in the heart of Halifax for 30 years. Offering free and confidential appointments to anyone who comes through their door. Open Door specializes in helping youth who need pregnancy support and youth who experience sexual exploitation.
Learn more or support at opendoorcentre.com
December 20th: Adsum House
Adsum for Women & Children supports marginalized women, families, youth and gender-expansive people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. They provide emergency shelter and long-term housing, supportive counselling, programs and resources that offer safety and an opportunity for growth. Every day 120 people live in an Adsum property and we provide hundreds more with housing supports, who live all over HRM. Advocating for women and children and working to eliminate poverty and societal conditions that create homelessness. Working to bring hope, security, self-esteem and choice to women and families so everyone has a safe and secure home.
Learn more or donate at adsumforwomen.org
December 21st: IWK Foundation
IWK Health is the Maritime’s leading health centre providing highly-specialized and primary health care services for women, children, youth, and families. Supported by the IWK Foundation, the IWK uses up-to-date medical equipment, leading-edge research and the latest technology to provide the absolute, best care possible.
Learn more or donate at iwkfoundation.org
December 22nd: Phoenix Youth Programs
Phoenix is dedicated to supporting youth ages 11 to 24 in their journey to thrive. Across 11 locations in Halifax/K’jipuktuk, they offer important services and programs including shelter, food, housing support, health care, parenting support, recreation, education and employment services, and clinical therapy.
People are the leaders in their own lives; Phoenix is a leader in supporting them.
Learn more or donate at phoenixyouth.ca
December 23rd: Hope Cottage
Hope Cottage is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide meals to those who cannot afford to obtain these meals themselves. Since its inception, in July 1970, Hope Cottage has grown into a Halifax institution feeding over 200 meals a day – Monday to Friday.
Learn more or donate at hopecottage.ca
December 24th: Metro Turning Point - Shelter Nova Scotia
Metro Turning Point is a harm reduction, 30-bed emergency shelter for individuals who identify as male or are gender diverse. They provide a locker, 2-3 meals daily, access to a refrigerator, phone, laundry, personal care & comfort items, and assistance in securing independent housing.
Learn more about Metro Turning Point at shelternovascotia.com/shelter-services