The FABULOUS 500 - HUNGER KNOWS NO HOLIDAY
Please find attached an important announcement regarding The FABULOUS 500 challenge. We look forward to your continued support of Hope Cottage and if you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Friends of Hope Cottage or the staff at Hope Cottage. You may make an online DONATION HERE.
HUNGER KNOWS NO HOLIDAY
Please find attached an important announcement with respect to the 11th Annual Hope Cottage Drive for Hope and the 13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. We look forward to your continued support of Hope Cottage and if you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Hope Cottage was started by Fr. Joe Mills on July 1, 1970. Fr. Mills, who was pastor of St. Patrick’s at the time, noticed a growing number of homeless people, mostly men, knocking on his door for food and assistance. There were no soup kitchens in Halifax at the time that catered to the needs of people during the weekdays. Fr. Mills called a number of women asking them to prepare a meal which they would serve to the men. 34 people showed up on the first day.
Since then, this organization has grown into an institution which is entrenched in the social fabric of Halifax. It is most probably that when Father Mills started Hope Cottage, he expected (or maybe hoped) that this would be a short term solution to a temporary problem. Now here we stand, in our 50th year of operation!
Hope Cottage, along with the Board, the Friends of Hope Cottage, are proud of the relationships we have built in the community over the years. And humbled by the generosity of our community that always steps up!Hope receives no government funding, all funds to run our operations are raised through donations, fundraisers, sponsorships and our church groups who usually donate and serve the evening meal.
Thank you on behalf of our clients, our staff, our volunteers and the Friends!
Note: we will be celebrating all year! Stay tuned!
Everything is greatly appreciated. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter. Links are at the top and bottom of the page. Financial donations are always welcome.
A law student from DAL has also put together the following COVID information - PDF here
Looking for donation ideas to give Hope Cottage and its clients a helping hand this year? Here are a few:
We always appreciate coffee, miracle whip, sugar packets, can meats for sandwiches, fold lock sandwich bags, small chickens, hamburger, stew beef for homemade soups.
Gifts – hats, gloves, scarf’s, deodorant for men and women, shaving cream, razors, and socks.
Everything is greatly appreciated. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter. Links are at the top and bottom of the page.
Welcome to 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. Normally meals are served twice per day but during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, meals will be served as take-out only once-per-day from Noon until 1pm.
Hope Cottage continues to be self sufficient with all revenues coming from unsolicited donations from individuals, community groups and organizations. No Gov’t funds are received by Hope Cottage. Hope Cottage was originally financed by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul but today relies totally on donations. The annual operating budget is approx. $300,000. Although there are 3 full time staff members, Hope Cottage relies on the assistance of numerous volunteers to help prepare and serve the meals. We also have the support of a number of local hotels, businesses, community groups and organizations who volunteer their time by preparing and providing meals on an ongoing basis.
We can seat about 90 people at a time and the meals all go smoothly. We have never run out of food.
As well as financial assistance we are always happy to accept donations of food, canned goods, coffee, tea etc. We regularly receive left overs from social events, weddings and other occasions which are welcomed and quickly consumed.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, you may do so using the link provided, or you may come to Hope Cottage at 2435 Brunswick St. between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Food donations can be dropped off there as well. Feel free to contact the office us at 429-7968.
Thank you Jacob for starting the “Jacob Project” to help others in need.
You inspire us!
Andrew’s journey to Hope Cottage began with a two-week trip to the Ukraine where he volunteered with a church group and helped at an orphanage. It was a big eye opener and instead of travelling overseas to help others, after his return, he discovered that he could help out right here in Nova Scotia.
He volunteered in various organizations locally before finding Hope Cottage. Andrew felt a calling to help more than his hours allowed, so he quit his full-time job to work part-time to give him more time to volunteer. After six months volunteering at Hope Cottage, he was offered a full-time job.
Today he multi-tasks between helping clients in the dining room, prepping the soup, making tea and coffee, setting up and cleaning up the dining area, the kitchen, and the entire facility. Besides Andrew working at Hope Cottage, his wife Kimberley and his Father Kerry volunteer every Wednesday and his Mom Nancy helps out at Christmas and during major holidays.
Andrew says it best: “I have many responsibilities at Hope Cottage – organize supper group & volunteer list – kitchen & office duties, etcetera.”
“I was offered this position and I’m so glad I took the offer. My job is very rewarding in many ways. I enjoy talking to the clients. Christmas is my favorite time of the year.”
“Hope Cottage is a great place to work, my co-workers are wonderful and I have an awesome boss. Everybody gets along so well.”
Serving Hours: During the Covid 19 State of Emergency: Take-away meals Noon to 1pm at the door.
2435 Brunswick Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3K 2Z4 (902) 429-7968