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"

Wouldn’t it be great if the world was like that?

This week Terra, our House Director of Barry House, recounts her experience with Mud Hero this past weekend and what drove her to finish: Where did these bruises come from?  Oh, I earned them. I'm about 30% bruise right now. On Saturday I was a participant in a race you may have been reading about called Mud Her...

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Sometimes a risk must be taken

In an effort to provide better insight into the work at Barry House, I’d like to introduce you to one of our clients, Kate, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy. Kate has stayed at Barry House off and on for several...

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Eating Healthy is Living Happy

  As I’ve said before, Shelter Nova Scotia is about so much more than just providing shelter. Today I’ve asked Allie from our supportive housing program to tell you about one of the initiatives they undertake to help build the capa...

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Talk is cheap, but listening is priceless

I had the pleasure today to speak at the Health Promotion Clearing House AGM and professional development session. Several people have asked that I share my speaking notes and given the topic of mental health and how talking and listening can make a difference I thought I would post them here in hopes they help someone in need or a loved one working wit...

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What was I thinking?

This week our lead Mud Hero Michelle, in preparation for the big event, asks herself:  what was I thinking? The Mud Hero event is less than a month away. Less than a month. To go over and under 16 obstacles while running 6 kms including a dash up a steep ski hill. When I consider this, I become overwhelmed and think about the fact that I'm on the wrong side of 30 to be participating in this ch...

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