As Halifax continues to deal with an influx of individuals experiencing homelessness, one organization has been helping men with substance use disorders along their recovery journey.
Michelle Porter is the CEO and co-founder of Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, a drop-in centre for people experiencing homelessness.
While the drop-in centre only has 10 beds, Souls Harbour also serves nearly 200 meals a day in Halifax, Truro, and Bridgewater.
"We're offering a hybrid model whereby if we have a room open and you're homeless, come and spend a week for free with us," Porter said. "Everyone that does that ends up staying on our Life Recovery Program and we offer opportunities over that six months or so where they can learn to become productive members of society again."
Porter tells CityNews Halifax that the 10 beds the centre offers have been full since they opened back in October.
"The truth is, recovery is a long battle," Porter said. "So those that are here with recovery issues, they may have to come through the program one, two, or three times," noting one client participated 17 times before being successful.
While stays at Souls Harbour are limited to one week, they also offer a six-month life recovery program to help men with substance use disorders get back on their feet.