Thank you for your help opening Dartmouth's first overnight emergency shelter. We did it.
Frank MacKay House is up and running at 152 Windmill Road
We're open and we need your help to keep it open. We've been running at capacity since news we were able to accept guests.
We've served 21 guests , between 10 - 15 guests per night, and over 500 meals, and sent guests to the gym for a shower and workout 30 times.
We've clothed them, got them in touch with their case workers.
Provided an address for guests to receive benefits.
Working people given them shelter while they found an apartment.
Very young individuals to senior citizens. 30% of our guests are women.
We feel we have provided a safe family environment for people who have found their way to Franks House.
Certainly our guests have indicated this to us.
We love doing this work.
We do need 100 more of these beds in the HRM.
Possibly that number in Dartmouth alone.
This piece of our community health and public safety network in Dartmouth has been well received by HRM first responders, the hospitals and other social services.
We're open and we need your help to keep it open.
It costs 4000.00 month to do that at this point.
Dozens of people benefit immediately from access to overnight shelter in safe, clean, drug and alcohol free environment.
Funds are needed to cover laundry bills.
Clean laundry everyday is a big bill. An as well we need cash for Bus Tickets, Timmy's Cards. Staffing. Milk and other food items. Electricity, & Heat. Day to day supplies.
As well , our volunteer army grows and we're committed 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 know that is a big challenge , we are all up for. We're 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