Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in Halifax wins $100,000 in funding to renovate kitchen

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HALIFAX – Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in north-end Halifax is getting a major facelift thanks to a successful bid for a $100,000 grant.

The drop-in centre serves about 100 hot lunches every weekday to the community’s needy and does it out of a small kitchen with a single family-sized stove.

On Tuesday, after months of online campaigning for votes, the mission learned it had won the prize from the Aviva Community Fund.

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“We were just over the moon and happy,” said Ken Porter, the mission’s chaplain and co-founder. “It’s been a long project —; getting people to vote —; just hoping and believing and wishing it would come to pass and it has.”

Porter made an announcement during Tuesday’s lunch service about the win and received a round of applause from the room. Clients say they are overwhelmed and happy the mission was chosen.

“I’m grateful for places like this,” said Chris Hawkins. “It’s a great thing that they won…just awesome. They deserve it.”

Staff and volunteers have big plans for the money.

“We’re going to pretty much tear out the existing kitchen…tear out a bit of the office space as well and make it into a modern industrial commercial-type kitchen that can feed more people,” Porter said.

Souls Harbour’s head chef and the chaplain’s brother, Les Porter, was serving up a meal of spaghetti and pea soup on Tuesday. He says the money will help create a larger space for volunteers to work in and a more comfortable dining room area for clients.

“The main thing will be the kitchen though of course: the renovation, the new equipment and all that kind of stuff to prepare the food better and more easily. I think it will be great,” Les said.

He’s said he’s most looking forward to getting a convection oven for the kitchen and a dishwasher.

The mission is thanking everyone who voted for them and is now looking into the logistics of doing all the renovations while maintaining their services for the community.

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