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The Brunswick Street Mission (BSM) is recognized by its distinctive red doors, open to anyone living in poverty in Halifax. BSM is located in the Brunswick Street United Church building at 2107 Brunswick Street. The mission of BSM is to inspire a better quality of life through a ministry of care that addresses physical, emotional, practical, and spiritual needs of people experiencing poverty.
The Mission offers many programs and services. It serves free breakfast six days a week and hosts some 60 to 80 people. There is a free Clothing Centre and short-term emergency aid is offered through the Benevolent Program. There is a food bank on Thursday mornings, part of the network of food banks provided by Feed Nova Scotia.
Clients love the personal service at BSM. Each year the Mission hosts a traditional Christmas dinner; the Christmas Shop provides turkeys and gifts to 60 families. But the work goes on year-round. BSM helps some 150 people pay their rent and utilities each month through the Trustee Program (funded under annual contract with the provincial Department of Community Services). Two volunteers file income-tax returns.
There are many ways you can help. Volunteer—from staffing in the BSM office to helping with individual programs. Give good “new-to-you” clothing to fit all ages. Donate money to finance core programs and day-to-day operations of the Mission. Attend the annual BSM Breakfast (the 10th one is in October 2016). Give “A Gift of Caring” to a loved-one, neighbour or employee (the cost is $100 and provides, for example, 100 hot breakfasts, and help for people to find employment or access needed necessities).
To learn more, visit BrunswickStreetMission.Org or phone