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“Souls Harbour Rescue Mission is more than just a soup kitchen,” says co-founder and executive director Michelle Porter. “We’re a place of help, hope, and healing.”
Souls Harbour has grown a lot in four years of operation, serving some 140 people every weekday, and hope to expand to Saturdays as winter sets in.
The drop-in centre is a place where people can come for a hot, nutritious meal, play games, surf the Internet, look for employment, and make local calls. Souls Harbour has other programs that run out of the centre, such as free clothing and household goods, free haircuts, and winter gear. It’s part of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, doing low-income tax returns free of charge.
To serve one meal costs $3.11, and the holiday campaigns provide for a three-course meal, dinner music, and a gift to take home.
“It’s important to us that people aren’t forgotten on special occasions, and so, we’ve been open Christmas Day ever since we started,” Porter says. “Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are all special community events and we prepare for 350 guests. It’s a busy time, but we love how the city of Halifax rallies around us, providing stockings, treats, gifts, and place settings.”
To contribute, go to www.SHRM.ca. To volunteer or donate, call Michelle Porter at 902-405-4663 (HOME).
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