Visit to Frank MacKay House – 16 September 2019

Last evening, Their Honours visited Frank MacKay House, which is a shelter based in the SonLife Community Church on Windmill Road in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The House falls under the Dartmouth Shelter Society, which works to create safe spaces and emergency supports for individuals and families in crisis within Dartmouth.

During the visit to the shelter, Their Honours met with volunteers and individuals who were key to establishing the shelter and who are integral to the ongoing operation of the shelter.

The Frank MacKay House was officially opened on 23 May 2019. The maximum capacity is 20 guests and they currently average 15 guests per night. The optimum number of guests is 14. The House accommodates both men and women.

The shelter is named after Frank MacKay, a well-known local musician who passed away suddenly in February 2019. Frank MacKay was known for his support of people less fortunate than most and for his support to the startup of the Dartmouth Shelter Society. Following his death, his family gave significant financial support via a musical concert. Frank MacKay House is funded entirely by donations and does not receive any government funding.

The shelter opens at 9:00pm each evening and guests must leave by 7:00am as the shelter space is used for other functions during day. The services provided to all the guests include a bed for the night, food and drink in the lounge area, transit tickets, occasional day passes for the Sportsplex, and a selection of donated clothing for men and women.

Dartmouth Shelter Society