January 2020 Newsletter

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Our Mission

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.



Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm



Phone: (902) 453-4320
Fax: (902) 453-3633




What did you miss in DECEMBER 2019?


Happy Holiday Program

Each year, Veith House is proud to host our Happy Holiday Program in which we have the opportunity to

match families with sponsors for the holiday season. Christmas and winter holidays tend to be an expensive

time of the year for people in the community. We understand that people are constantly torn between bills

and giving their families the holiday that they deserve, especially with the cost of living here in Halifax.

Thanks to the support of families, organizations and individuals who want to make a difference in the

community, we are able to lighten the load for so many families and individuals during this time of year.

We are happy to say that 151 families were matched with 1 of 86 sponsors this year. Well over 300 individuals

benefitted from the community support, and we have you to thank!


Hydrostone Tree Lighting

The Annual Hydrostone Tree Lighting took place on December 6, 2019 and like every year,

there was a huge turn out! Veith House loves hosting this event to bring community members

together for fun and entertainment. It is a great opportunity to hear about our programs and

the services we offer. We had live music from The Hydrostoners (a local Ukelele group), the

St. Joseph’s A. McKay choir and community member Suzie Hanson! Everyone had the

opportunity to enjoy cookies (prepared by our volunteer Kate Rankin), Hot chocolate

(donated by Young st. Tim Hortons), and Apple Cider (prepared by the Kaye St. Starbucks).

We also had raffle available. The Hydrostone basket was filled with goodies donated by the

merchants of the Hydrostone Market, we also had a roundtrip for 2 anywhere that Westjet

travels. Congratulations to the winners!


R.E.A.C.H. Christmas Party

For those of you who aren’t aware, we have renamed our children’s programs to R.E.A.C.H which stands for Respect, Empowerment, Activity, Community and Health. These are the things we are aspiring for our program to embody.

We had our Christmas party on December 17th, the weather didn’t allow for a huge turn out but our kids that attended had a blast. We had card making, Holiday Jeopardy, a game of “This blows”, Holiday Pictionary, and a ton of delicious snacks. We had a wonderful donation of taiyaki and ice cream from Taiyaki 52 Café (located on Brunswick St.). The kids had fun eating the yummy fish shaped waffle cones and ice cream covered with sprinkles. We also had visits from some of our old staff who came back to help us out for the afternoon and spend time with the kids. It was a great surprise!



Things To Look Forward To In January:

Student Placement Opportunities

As a community-based organization, we strive to get people involved in what we do. One way we are able to do that is hosting students during their practicum placements. We have had students from NSCC, Maritime Business College, Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Yorkville University and many other institutions in programs such as Social Work, Child and Youth Studies, Social Services, Counselling skills, Marketing, and IT.

We accept a number of student placements per semester so reach out and see if we have any availability!


NECC BBQ Committee

Seems early but now is the time we start planning our Annual NECC BBQ that takes place in June! This year will be the 9th year the event has taken place. If you were there in 2019 then you know just how much fun this event is. We had bouncy castles, bump and run, face painting, bubbles, tons of food and more!


Events like this take a lot of planning! If you would like to get involved in our planning committee this year please reach out to Erika Mendes, our NECC facilitator, erika.mendes@veithhouse.ns.ca!


Bike Giveaway

After a generous donation of 20 children’s bikes from Salesforce we are going to do a giveaway to the kids in our community. Four of the bikes were utilized for the children involved in our Newcomer programming but that means that 16 are still up for grabs! We ask that kids who already have bicycles in good condition give other children the opportunity to win. Stay tuned!


Veith House Interest Piece

This month we are interested in YOU!

The staff here at Veith House work hard to develop and maintain programs for members of the community and the best way we can do that is by hearing from you. What are your interests? What type of programs would you like to see? How can we welcome you? It is one thing for us to have programs, but it is more important to have programs that people want and need in their community.

Some of the current programs we offer that will begin again in February are:

Caregivers Circle – this program is a social for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. It doesn’t matter if you are an aunt or uncle, a grandparent, a godparent, a nanny, a mom or dad, a sibling. We invite you to join us for coffee, tea, juice and snacks, and the opportunity to socialize with others in a safe, barrier-free environment. Date and time TBD.

Yoga – Every Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 am you can join us and Sally Morgan for or creative and embodied take on a level one Vinyasa Yoga class. A diverse range of poses are integrated and juxtaposed through sun salutations, creating a dynamic and flowing form guided by the breath. This class involves flexibility, strength, and balance, while encouraging precise alignment, awareness, and concentration. You will leave feeling challenged, refreshed, and relaxed. This class is pay what you can (we recommend $5-$20). Ongoing now!

Creative Connections – Veith House provides this self-directed Art drop-in to community members who have an interest in art. Varieties of supplies are available and we invite anyone to come by. Snacks, coffee and tea will be provided. Date and time TBD.

Talk it Out & Rap Session Workshops – Veith House staff have taken notice to the growing opinions and language the kids are using and are taking the initiative to create workshops to talk about "tough topics" with youth in the community. Starting in the New Year, these workshops will be offered each week, alternating between Talk it Out (a workshop geared towards girls) and Rap Session (a workshop geared towards boys). Both groups are inclusive of students who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community who are encouraged to join whichever workshop they feel most comfortable in. These workshops are for students ages 9-12 and cover topics such as bullying, conflict resolution, confidence, identity, sexuality, healthy relationships, puberty, etc. Time and date TBD.

We also have children’s day camps for PD days, March Break, and Summer!

If you want more information about any of our programs, would like to voice your opinion on programs we should offer, and/or want to be added to an email list for program start dates please contact us (contact information below)!




Voices of Veith House

In this section, we highlight some of the fantastic people that make Veith House the great place that it is. We will look at community users, volunteers, tenants, staff, and the board of directors.

This month we are introducing you to Caitlynn Mace, a Dalhousie Social Work student doing her practicum placement here at Veith House.


Her 700 hours have her working closely with our Supervised Access and Exchange program and aided with the Happy Holiday program this year. Although she was familiar with Veith House prior to her placement, she was not quite sure what to expect once she got here. Lucky for us it been a positive, “My experience at Veith House has been really positive and a nurturing learning environment. I’m particularly happy about the diverse exposure I get with serving different populations as well as an excellent staff [team] to help facilitate my own unique learning.”

Caitlynn’s favourite colour is red, her favourite food is turkey dinner at her grandma’s house, and she is passionate about weightlifting and social justice.

Be sure to say hello if you see her around Veith House!


Volunteers Needed!

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers.

Opportunities to get involved with Veith House include (but are not limited to): Front Desk/Reception, Urban Farm, Special Events, Organizing/Cleaning, Programming, Youth Drop In, and more!

If you, or someone you know is interested in getting involved, please let us know! You can drop in Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm to discuss current opportunities, or call us at 902-453-4320.

If you don’t have the time to get involved, but still want to help our organization, we are always welcoming of donations and contributions. Give us a call to discuss this option further.

Funder Shout Out!

Veith House would like to take a moment to thank the following organizations for their generosity that made December possible. Thank you to all of the sponsors for the Happy Holiday Program who made it possible to support all 151 families registered in the program. Thanks to the Hydrostone Market merchants, Larex Properties, International Wealth Management, Cultural Communities and Identities Program and the City of Halifax for helping us make this year’s Hydrostone Tree Lighting a success. Thank you to Westjet for donating the roundtrip tickets for our raffle. A big thank you to Halifax Youth Foundation, The Gordon Foundation, Sisters of Charity and the Levenhurst Foundation for your support of R.E.A.C.H. programs. Thanks to START for their contribution. Thanks to Ecclesiastical Insurance providing us with support for our counselling program, social work services, and our R.E.A.C.H. programming. We would also like to acknowledge United Way for their ongoing support.  Thank you all so much for your kindness and generosity. It’s organizations like you, that keep organizations like us running and supporting our community.


Our Veith House Team


Monica Marsh

Finance and Administration



Katie Scrine

Social Worker



SJ Rogers

Community Facilitator



Erika Mendes

Youth Coordinator


Je’nawnd Beals

Youth Facilitator



Saida Gazie

Newcomer Program Coordinator



Natalie Westhaver

Supervised Access Coordinator


Veith House is an inclusive neighbourhood hub located on the ancestral and unceded land of the Mi’kmaq. We are all Treaty people.

3115 Veith Street Halifax NS B3K 3G9     902-453-4320