Dartmouth Shelter Society
We need your help opening Dartmouth's first overnight emergency shelter.
This is a missing piece of our community health and public safety network.
We're very nearly ready to open our doors and we need help.
Dozens of people will benefit immediately from access to overnight shelter in safe, clean, drug and alcohol free environment.
Start up costs include beds, paint, lumber etc.
Funds are also necessary to pay for operational expenses and this will require ongoing fund raising efforts.
Electricity, heat, bus tickets, building & painting materials. Laundry.
Day to day supplies.
We're going to invest in our Dartmouth Shelter volunteers.
Volunteers will have the opportunity and options to be trained on our site for certification.
Basic Mental Health First Aid
Basic Emergency First Aid
Non Violent Crisis Interventions
American Sign Language
Other programs as they become available.
Our training will enable our after outreach program to 'walk' with our guests from the moment they enter our 'service contact point', helping guests get familiarize themselves with and navigate the larger network of services available in the Dartmouth and larger HRM community health network.
We're going to be there for our guests.
This is why trained volunteers are essential to our organization. We'll invest in that.
Our team would be so grateful for any contribution.
EMAIL TRANSFER is an option as well.
When there is no roof
When there is no walls, no food
There's a place for you
A Dartmouth Haiku
CD sales and donations made during Frank’s Celebration on May 12 raised $4145.00 for The Dartmouth Shelter Society, Frank MacKay House.
So far donations made in Frank’s memory total $5320.
MacKay, Andrew Francis (Frank), 74, died March 6, 2019 at Halifax Infirmary. Born Sept. 7, 1944, he was the son of the late John James and Florence MacKay (Rawlings).
An entertainer from birth, Frank enjoyed a very satisfying career as a singer/actor/songwriter/musician/and playwright.
His powerhouse vocals fuelled the success of the popular 1960s Truro, N.S, dance band The Lincolns, as well as the creatively original 1970's Halifax rock ensemble SOMA.
Frank also built an extensive and diverse musical theatre portfolio, performing lead roles in productions of Les Miserables (Jean Valjean), CATS (Bustopher Jones/Gus The Theatre Cat), and the world premiere of "John Gray's Rock and Roll" (Parker), to mention just a few.
"Rock and Roll", a stage production based on The Lincolns, would go on to be filmed for the CBC as The King Of Friday Night, earning Frank an ACTRA nomination in the process.
Frank also leaves behind a catalogue of recorded music showcasing both his songwriting and powerful vocal style.
Frank was predeceased by his sister Marie Hatfield and his brothers James, John and Allan, as well as nephew Randy.
He is survived by his sister Rosaria Rovero, Torrington, CT; nieces Deborah MacKay, Joanne Hatfield and Dawn Hatfield; nephews John Charles and James Arthur Hatfield, Christopher Rovero, and John, Allan, James, Kevin, Scott, and Rob MacKay.
In keeping with Frank's wishes cremation has taken place.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 12 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at The Marquee Ballroom located at 2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax.
Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to Dartmouth Shelter Society, 57 King Street, Unit 9 Dartmouth, N.S. B2Y 2R6.
You can also contribute through gofundme by visiting Dartmouth Shelter Society on Facebook.
The link to their gofundme can be found in their newsfeed.