NEW GLASGOW – Dozens of volunteers showed how many hands make light work on Saturday as the Life Shelter’s belongings were removed from its former premises.
Members of a steering committee seeking a new home for the Life Shelter have also been buoyed by the possibility that it could be resurrected elsewhere.
“It’s wonderful,” committee member Karen MacPhee said, as she noted the students, law enforcement officers and businesses represented in the moving party.
“It feels good to show up,” said Abigail Morrissey who showed up with fellow North Nova Education Centre student Rachel Morrison to help out.
“It’s a different way to spend a Saturday morning , but it’s for a good cause.”
It took barely an hour to load the vans, trailers and trucks parked in the yard where the familiar Life Centre on the main level and Life Shelter in the basement were located on Marsh Street. The items were transported to the Michelin Social Club building in Granton for storage while the committee secures a replacement facility.
“We’re just trying to figure things out,” committee member and long-time volunteer Heather Lynch said.
“I thought it was excellent, how we came together to move everything and store it in less than two hours. It’s a community thing, and that’s what has to happen.”
Members of the committee recently toured Harvest House, a similar faith-based facility in Moncton that offers overnight accommodation for those in need.
Lynch said the committee has not decided on the Harvest House model.
The committee was scheduled to meet soon to discuss options to reopen a shelter in Pictou County.
“We’re trying to talk to people and get looking at what’s available,” Lynch said.
“We’d like to be central, but it doesn’t have to be in New Glasgow.”
Closure of the Life Shelter in October preceded the eventual end of a breakfast program volunteers offered on Wednesdays and Fridays. That program ended earlier in November and the changes prompted the steering committee’s formation.
North Nova students Rachel Morrison and Abigail Morrisey carry a mattress from the life Shelter. (Goodwin photo)