On October 3rd, myself and my partner Phil Otto will join the medical and counselling profession, community leaders, and motivated citizens to raise awareness and funds for those experiencing homelessness. We would love your support. You can sponsor our Sleep Out, or join us at Victoria Park.
Sleeping-out for one night is not meant to replicate the challenges of experiencing homelessness. That would be impossible. This event is founded on empathy and is about creating awareness and much needed funds for the 1100 people that Shelter Nova Scotia cares for each year.
When Colleen Ritchie, Communications & Fund Development Specialist with Shelter Nova Scotia talked to us about this grass roots event, we saw a real need for support. We also learned that mental health issues are a big part of the reason for homelessness. Many people fall through the cracks and just don’t have the support they need.
Shelter Nova Scotia works to transition people from crisis to community. To this end, they operate 6 facilities in HRM providing over 43,000 bed nights per year to men and women with young children who otherwise have nowhere to turn. Shelter Nova Scotia offers far more than shelter; utilizing client and housing support workers in tandem with mental health and addiction services they work to help people find sustainable independent living and they support those who are not ready yet.