Outreach

St. Paul’s Church has a num­ber of out­reach pro­grammes:

Rector’s Lunch           Wednes­days:  11am Eucharist fol­lowed by a free lunch (home-made soup/desserts) at 12 noon.  All are wel­come!
Fish Cof­fee House     The FISH Cof­fee­house was estab­lished in 2002 and serves the down­town com­mu­ni­ty of Hal­i­fax with patrons of all ages com­ing from through­out Hal­i­fax and Dart­mouth. It pro­vides a qui­et place to enjoy cof­fee, snacks, games and con­ver­sa­tion. It is locat­ed in St. Paul’s Parish House. Sat­ur­day evenings 6–8 PM!  All ages are wel­comed.
Hot Meals’ Team       As announced: every six weeks or so.  The St George’s Soup Kitchen opens its doors 4–5pm every Sat­ur­day of the year, & oper­ates out of their parish hall, 2221 Mait­land St., Hal­i­fax, serv­ing around 100–160 indi­vid­u­als every week.  There are six teams that oper­ate on a rota, each one tak­ing a turn every six weeks.  St. Paul’s is one team.  Our Typ­i­cal Sat­ur­day Sched­ule:  3pm the vol­un­teers arrive, and they help set up tables, but­ter buns, and warm up the food, from 4–5 pm the clients are served, after the doors close then cleanup begins, usu­al­ly last­ing until 6pm, some­times a lit­tle bit lat­er.  The sign-up board is at the back of the Nave at St. Paul’s!
St. Paul’s Home         Via its Board of Man­age­ment.   In 1867 just pri­or to Con­fed­er­a­tion nine parish­ioners from St. Paul’s Church each donat­ed 10 pounds of ster­ling to start St. Paul’s Alms House of Indus­try for Girls.  Addi­tion­al mon­ey was raised through fur­ther gifts received from St. Paul’s parish­ioners, fund rais­ing efforts with door-to-door sales of baked goods, and very mod­est fees.  A mort­gage financed by Enos Collins through Collins Bank on His­toric Prop­er­ties allowed the pur­chase of the orig­i­nal house on Tow­er Road.  The Collins Bank for­gave the inter­est each year.  Girls aged 10 to 14 years old were eli­gi­ble.  The house was super­vised by a matron and the girls went to school and church.  Lat­er they found work, usu­al­ly as domes­tic ser­vants and were care­ful­ly placed in “suit­able” homes.

St. Paul’s Alms House of Indus­try for Girls was incor­po­rat­ed in 1887 by an Act of the Leg­is­la­ture of Nova Sco­tia as a sep­a­rate enti­ty from the parish and lat­er the name was short­ened to “St. Paul’s Home for Girls”.   Through the turn of the cen­tu­ry, World War I and the Hal­i­fax Explo­sion the oper­a­tion of St. Paul’s Home for Girls changed very lit­tle.  The orga­ni­za­tion received a sig­nif­i­cant gift of 600 acres of land in the back woods of Bed­ford.  They ran from Rocky Lake in the North to Cobe­quid Road in Sackville in the West, to the top of the hill lead­ing to Ham­monds Plains Road, to the area of Bed­ford Yacht Club – then around the Basin and up through Eagle­wood and back to Rocky Lake.  Through the 1940s and 1950s small lots were sold.  When the Bicen­ten­ni­al high­way was built some of the land was pur­chased by the province.  This pro­vid­ed con­sid­er­able fur­ther rev­enue.

After World War II, along with sig­nif­i­cant changes tak­ing place in soci­ety of the time, St. Paul’s Home for Girls went through a num­ber of changes.  A num­ber of oper­at­ing styles were tried and aban­doned.  Even­tu­al­ly oper­a­tions ceased for a peri­od of time.  The peri­od from 1970 to 1995 brought many changes.  It oper­at­ed until 1972 as a home for orphaned girls.  It changed its name to St. Paul’s Home by an Act of the Leg­is­la­ture passed on June 26, 1982 to bet­ter reflect the goals of St. Paul’s Home. The objec­tives of the orga­ni­za­tion were rede­fined and a more aggres­sive style of man­age­ment was adopt­ed.  By this time St. Paul’s Home had acquired sig­nif­i­cant cap­i­tal strength and was in a posi­tion to pur­chase build­ings in response to requests from groups who oper­at­ed pro­grams serv­ing youth in need.

Cur­rent­ly, St. Paul’s Home owns sev­en homes (includ­ing the orig­i­nal Tow­er Road build­ing) in res­i­den­tial areas, with­in which spe­cial­ized pro­grams for trou­bled youth take place.  Most of these homes serve as small group home res­i­dences for youth who would oth­er­wise have nowhere to live.  Phoenix Cen­tre for Youth is an excep­tion, and con­sists of a walk in cen­ter for street youth who require ser­vices and are try­ing to exit the street.

 

 

For details about any of our Out­reach pro­grammes or oth­er occa­sion­al out­reach events,
please con­tact the parish office at

office@stpaulshalifax.org.