Metro Non-Profit Housing does much of their outreach support work based out of the Housing Support Centre at 2330 Gottingen Street in Halifax, NS. Housing Support Workers serve over 375 cups of coffee and tea a day, while providing a safe place for homeless and at-risk adults.
Metro Non-Profit Housing currently owns and operates six different apartment buildings that house our participants. Each building has its own unique group of tenants and services a different aspect of the population.
In August 2008 Metro Non-Profit Housing Association in partnership with Direction 180 came together to establish Halifax Housing Help (HHH). A unique response to single adults in desperate need of housing and support.
Inspired by a homeless choir in Montreal, Shining Lights Choir was founded in 1996. Growing from seven initial members to over 30, the Shining Lights Choir has recorded 3 CDs and performed over 175 public performances.
May 10, 2012
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January 20, 2011
Making Tough Decisions Before You Have To
Hanging on a wall in a busy downtown Halifax drop-in centre a poster silently asks one simple question: If you ended up in the Emergency Department and weren’t able to speak for yourself, who would you want to speak for you?…
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Metro Non-Profit Housing does much of their outreach support work based out of the Housing Support Centre at 2330 Gottingen Street in Halifax, NS.
Housing Support Workers serve over 375 cups of coffee and tea a day, while providing a safe place for homeless and at-risk adults.
Beyond housing support, The Centre – or “The Coffee Shop” as it is affectionately known to the participants, runs a bi-weekly, a cooking class and on alternate weeks a support group. The Centre is the home base for the Shining Lights Choir.
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In 1996, after hearing about a homeless choir in Montreal, a small group of participants at the Housing Support Centre felt that we too could bring a choir together. The Shining Lights Choir first performed in November of 1997, starting out with seven members, three of whom were staff and students. Many in the community told us we could never maintain the choir, saying that members would not be committed enough to attend practices, be on time, and work together. We are proud to say that the members have proven the doubters wrong. The choir has become an important part of members’ lives, and one they are very proud of.
Now numbering more than 30, members meet each Thursday for regular practice. They have performed at poverty rallies, churches, conferences, and special events at the Housing Support Centre. in total the choir has had over public 175 public performances, and released three CDs. in 2000 the choir produced its first CD, “Burning Bright,” and in 2002 it released “No room at the inn,” a Christmas CD. in 2007 the choir released “A Dream Come true,” recorded live at Saint george’s round Church, with special guests Brad Davidge and David Myles. “A Dream Come true” celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Shining Lights Choir.
Many thanks to to Earle Cosman, who directs the choir and also teaches keyboard lessons at the Centre on Wednesday afternoons. Thanks as well to the volunteer musicians who accompany the choir at practics and performances. And, as always, very special thanks to the members of the Shining Lights Choir for their dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm over the last 13 years.