*Please note: we will not be running a program in Halifax in summer 2019, but please check back for 2020!*
Halifax is a sea-port city of 400,000. The scenery alone is worth the trip! The programs we partner with in Halifax all have a long-standing history of work in the city and with the residents. You’ll find the laid-back, easygoing way of life a nice pause from busy life. But, GO will put you to work each day and you’ll no doubt be inspired by the spirit, determination, and rich culture of the city.
Some of the initiatives we work with in Halifax are:
Brunswick St. Mission: Doing God’s work in downtown Halifax for well over 100 years.
A mission of the United Church of Canada and Halifax Presbytery, The Mission aims primarily to address concerns related to poverty and homelessness. Most of Brunswick Streets programs are designed to alleviate the “symptoms” of poverty, but also work in partnership with others to identify and address the root causes of poverty. Each year, Brunswick St. serves over 15,000 breakfasts, provides $20,000 in crisis support, helps 150 people prevent homelessness through Trusteeship, and provides food for hundreds and clothing for thousands. But equally as important, the Mission provides a unique opportunity to the community they serve; a place to find help when you need it, a place to offer help for others when you are able, and a place of hope, dignity and respect. A place where wellness can begin.
St. Paul’s Community Garden: A place for you to grow in faith and love.
Over the past 20 years, St. Paul’s has been providing the community with garden plots, facilities, and equipment needed to grow safe, organic produce for their families. In addition to growing their own food, the gardeners and the children from our summer day camp, participate in growing food which is then harvested and directly distributed to participants of St. Paul’s Family Resources’ food bank or to be used in collective kitchens. Collective Kitchen teaches budgeting and cooking skills to participants. The garden gives the gardeners a social outlet and teaches new skills and advocates for a healthy lifestyle.
The Grainery Co-op: The Grainery values people over profits, co-operation over competition.
The Grainery Food Co-operative is a non-profit, 100% volunteer run organization dedicated to selling local, organic and sustainably grown food that is affordable, tasty and nutritious. The Co-op format promotes community involvement which allows prices to be kept low, so that people of all economic backgrounds have access to healthy organic food. In addition, the coop strives to reduce environmental degradation by purchasing items in bulk with minimal or compostable packaging and provide the opportunity to refill products where possible.
Feed NS: To feed Nova Scotians in need and reduce that need.
Feed Nova Scotia distributes 2 million kilograms of donated food to their member network of 147 food banks and meal programs across the province. The role also extends beyond food. Feed NS supports members as they build capacity to serve their communities, and helps raise awareness of the challenges hunger and poverty create each day for thousands of Nova Scotians.
Hope United Church
3055 Connaught Ave
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sherbrook Lake Camp
New Germany NS