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Souls Harbour Rescue Mission opens new location in Lower Sackville

By Joe Thomson Jul 4, 2023 | 1:42 PM

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A new drop-in centre for people in need is now open and serving food in Lower Sackville.

With everything getting more and more expensive, many Nova Scotians are living at or below the poverty line. Contributing to the already high levels of homelessness in the province.

Souls Harbour Rescue Mission is trying to do what it can to help those people.

It was founded 12 yes ago by Michelle Porter and her husband. They had experience starting missions after having done so in Regina, Saskatchewan previously.

“Were with another agency called Citygate network. And they said, ‘Do you have a faith-based mission in Halifax?’… and there was not one at the time. So, we came in, met that need and start serving lunch,” said Porter.

They’ve since expanded to three locations that provide food, clothing, shelter, and recovery programs to the community. The new location in Lower Sackville is bumps the total up to four.

Anyone in need s welcome to come by the centre, located in the old gym at Rock Church on Sackville Drive, and get a free meal from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. Porter says they hope to add Mondays very soon.

“I really hope that lower Sackville will embrace this meal service that we’re doing. We know that not only is there a tent city here, but there are people who are living right on the poverty line, and they can’t make ends meet at the end of the month. So, by providing five meals a week [we hope] that will really help to reduce their monthly grocery allowance,” said Porter.


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