About Veith House
Veith House’s history in our community is one of our assets. The building of Veith House was erected and opened in 1924 as The Halifax Protestant’ Orphanage. Prior to the Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917, The Halifax Protestant’s Orphanage stood half a block north of where the building stands today. In 2000, a commemorative stone was placed at the location that where that building stood, honouring the children, families, and staff of the Orphanage who were lost to The Explosion.
The new Halifax Protestant’ Orphanage was open from 1924-1969. During this time the top floor of Veith House was the Boy’s Dormitory, the second floor was the Girl’s Dormitory, the main floor were offices for intake, medical examinations and homework, and the basement held the kitchen and dining room where the children ate. Over the years, adults who lived at Veith House as children have returned to visit and share their stories with Veith House staff. The most important stories are those of healing, an energy that Veith House runs on today.
In 1969 the Orphanage closed, and the children were moved into Nova Scotia’s new foster care program. At that time, The Halifax Children’s Foundation owned the building, and were willing to provide it to an organization whose mission was to continue to support at-risk children and youth in the North End, where many of the children were placed into foster homes. In 1974 Veith House opened to do just that. In the last 40 years Veith House has been a neighborhood house which provides programs and services to children, families, and individuals affected by poverty.
Our Mission Statement
The purpose of a Mission Statement is to briefly capture in words why an organization exists, what it does, and how it does it. Ultimately, it is a blueprint for us all to follow, guiding us to personal and organizational growth.
Veith House’s Mission is to meet the needs of children, families, and individuals affected by poverty, with empowerment as an ever present goal.
At Veith House, who we are and where we want to go as an organization is driven in part by our Board of Directors and our employees, but is also dictated by the needs of our Clientele and Community Members.
Our Vision and Values
Our vision at Veith House is to create a healthy and sustainable organization, which engages, supports and empowers the North End community to reach their potential in community, family, and personal wellbeing and health.
Our Values are equally straightforward. They inform our decisions, and they guide how we operate and how we represent ourselves, the Veith House brand, and by extension, one another in the world:
Integrity – do what is right. We treat one another with compassion and respect, seeking to always take the high road. We only provide services that we are capable of delivering and that we know work.
Fun and a little different. Creativity, growth, innovation and perspective are borne out of lightheartedness and humour. Fun fuels results and is at the foundation of productive, long-term relationships. We are dead serious about results, but we take care not to take ourselves too seriously.
Therapeutic Relationships with Clientele. We strive to earn the trust of our clients so that we can function alongside them as healthy supporters in their success. We model healthy relationships with each other for the benefit of our clients.
Create sustainable, repeatable value. Our revenue is a direct reflection of the value we create for others. A thing is not worth doing unless it creates measurable value for one or more of our stakeholders – clients, volunteers, or community.
Evidence Informed Programing. As proud of the programs and services we provide as we are, everything we offer at Veith House must be designed intentionally, with clear goals as how the Community will benefit, with proven methods of success demonstrable. We owe it to ourselves, our clientele, and our community to offer the highest quality of service and programs available, and therefore we draw from interdisciplinary research for proof of success.