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, honoring 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.
We are an inclusive neighbourhood hub that provides equitable and relevant services and opportunities, to foster a healthier more vibrant community.
Our vision is to be a safe, accessible space where everyone is welcome with the aim to build and strengthen community, reduce poverty and address food insecurity.
-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 are of value.
-We are a little different. Creativity, adaptability and perspective are borne out of opportunities and bold ideas. We identify unmet needs, find innovative solutions and continuously adapt our programming in response to community and individual feedback.
- Trusting Safe Space. We continuously work towards earning and maintaining trust with our clients from the first moment they walk through the door. As such, we strive to see the space through the lens of our communities to ensure an inclusive, respectful and compassionate experience.
-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, and community.
-Evidence Informed Programing - Everything we offer at Veith House is intentionally designed, with clear goals as to how the communities we serve will benefit with continuous review and adaptations as needed. We owe it to ourselves, our clientele, and our communities to offer the highest quality of service and programs available. We consistently draw from interdisciplinary standards and research for success.