Why building relationships with businesses matters.

Organizations like Dexter Construction, Killam Properties and IPOANS are making a difference for those experiencing homelessness.  Why is building relationships with business partners so important for Shelter Nova Scotia? Our annual fundraising and awareness campaign took place on Sept. 27th on the lawn of the Halifax Regional Police station. More than 35 people spent the night ‘s...

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Diamonds in the rough

  In today's blog, Michelle, our House Director at Sir Sanford Fleming House, recounts her story about a recent experience with her clients helping to change lives: I wonder if I saw a diamond, before it had gone through the process to make it look like a diamond if I would recognize it fo...

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We can learn a valuable lesson from Driver’s Ed class

  Do you remember those Driver’s Ed classes in high school when the instructor told you to look where you want to go? The premise is, when driving, you should look where you want to go, not at what you’re trying to avoid. When looking at what you’re trying to avoid, your brain tends to tell your hands to steer towards it. An example in Read "We can learn a valuable lesson from Driver’s Ed class"

Be a social includer

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of taking part in my first ever PechuKucha event at the Carleton in Halifax. When first contacted and asked to take part, I was told the theme for the event was ‘resilience.’ I thought to myself “what could I possibly have to talk about on this the...

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Glass half full approach – the challenge

Social media gives people an unfiltered voice for what’s on their minds. This is both a blessing and a curse. Many of us tend to use it as an opportunity to rant about something that’s bothering us or ticks us off. The positive side of that is it gives you a chance to vent, which can be therapeutic. On the downside, negativity begets negativity. The more exposure to everyone else’s negati...

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Should we restore to factory settings?

A friend of mine purchased a used smart phone the other day and asked how to restore it to factory settings. This, as you know, erases all the personal ‘baggage’ from the previous owner and returns the phone to its original state. This conversation got me thinking, wouldn’t it be great if we could restore community attitudes to the factory settings? You see, this was  the same day when, ...

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Did you really need to check your phone?

This past Thursday, on the eve of National Housing Day, we launched ‘Seeing through – One community, many faces,’ a campaign aimed at changing attitudes about how people experiencing homelessness are perceived. Have you ever walked down the street past someone holding a sign, or shaking a coffee cup and ignored them? Perhaps you pretended they weren’t there, or you looked past them at ...

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Oh what a night!

We couldn’t have imagined the first ‘Sleep-out for change’ could have gone any better. Forty participants took part in the event which included small group discussions followed by sleeping (for those of us lucky enough to fall asleep) on a sheet of cardboard overnight. We had great conversation...

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Feeling Vulnerable

In our ongoing effort to raise awareness and spark action around the complex homelessness issue in HRM we’re launching a new event called ‘Sleep-out for change.’ We’re proud to see Mayor Mike Savage and Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais take the lead. They’ve agreed to ‘sleep-rough’ on Sat...

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Being in your own home makes a difference

This week I’d like to tell you about, Alex, another Shelter Nova Scotia client. Like Kate, his name has been changed to respect his privacy. Alex has been a participant in our Read "Being in your own home makes a difference"