March 2020 Newsletter
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.
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Phone: (902) 453-4320
Fax: (902) 453-3633
What did you miss in FEBRUARY 2020?
Every month, Veith House staff and volunteers host community members for a free meal. Many of the delicious meals (like the one pictured below) are prepared by Saida Gazie and the amazing women who participate in the Newcomer programs.
On occasion, we have meals catered by donation from local restaurants or cafes, community members and sometimes we even have live entertainment.
Our doors are open and we invite members of the community to join us for our meal on March 30, 2020.
As you can tell, our meals are even kid-approved!
Let’s Talk Science
Thank you to the volunteers from Dalhousie’s Let’s Talk Science outreach program for coming in and engaging our kids in an afternoon of fun STEM challenges.
Things To Look Forward To In March:
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 Donations
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 and community support! If you would like to make a donation (food, supplies or monetary) this year please reach out to Erika Mendes, our NECC facilitator, email@example.com!
With spring on its way, after a generous donation of 20 children’s bikes from Salesforce, we are going to do a giveaway to the kids in our community.
Sixteen brand new bicycles are still up for grabs! We ask that parents whose kids have bikes that are in good condition opt out of this giveaway and allow for children that do not own a bike to benefit.
Veith House requires that parents come in and show proof that their child has a helmet. Bikes will be given on a first come, first serve basis.
Thank you again to Salesforce for this amazing donation to the members of our community.
Camps at Veith House are always a fun-filled time. We do our best to provide kids with field trips, outdoor play, arts and crafts, and healthy snacks! Our staff and students put a lot of time into planning a week full of adventure and fun that will ensure kids have a great experience with us.
This years March Break Camp reached capacity super quick, so unfortunately registration is no longer open.
However, we have PD Day camps where kids get to learn cooking and baking skills with us, play outside, visit the local playgrounds and take full advantage of our indoor youth space! Dates for PD days can be found on our website www.veithhouse.com/day-camp-at-veith-house.
Summer camp plans are now in the works as well, registration will open April 1, 2020.
Don’t miss out!
Veith House Programs
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 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. Wednesday Mornings from 10:00-12:00 pm.
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).
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. Thursday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 pm.
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 welcome back Hannah Cane full-time!
Hannah started with Veith House in 2018. She started by completing her Student Practicum Placement with us as she finished off her Social Work Degree through St. Thomas University. Spending lots of time working on our Happy Holiday program, hanging out with the kids during our After School Drop-in and becoming familiar with our Supervised Access and Exchange program, Hannah decided to stay on as a casual staff member.
Now, after 2 years, Hannah has taken on a full-time position as our new Supervised Access and Exchange Coordinator. Congratulations!
Hannah enjoys hiking and exploring all that Halifax has to offer. Her favourite food is burgers and her favourite color is teal. Hannah says, “I enjoy the fact that Veith House is so diverse. There are so many programs and there is always something going on. I get to interact with different people all of the time and it is a great place to put my education to use. ”
Be sure to say hello if you see her around Veith House!
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 February possible. 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. Thank you to the Mental Health Foundation for your support of our Newcomers Programs. We would also like to acknowledge United Way for their ongoing support. Thank you all so much for your kindness and generosity.
Our Veith House Team
Finance and Administration
Newcomer Program Coordinator
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