Kentville Resource Centre

The Kentville location is open mornings and evening, six days per week (Monday – Saturday), serving hundreds of individuals each month as well as responding to countless other calls for other assistance. It is a place where people can be warm, safe and fed as well as be directed to other relevant community services they may be in need of. Aside from those most basic needs, numerous helps and supports are available at the drop-in through the week. Addiction supports, art & literacy programs, spiritual supports, counseling and job / resume helps are also available. People using the Inn From the Cold program are directed to our drop-in team for assessment and referrals. Approximately 80 regular volunteers make the programs at the Drop-in Centres possible each week and numerous others regularly host additional meals and events.

Many people who come to Open Arms start down a positive road towards furthering education, gaining employment, and participation in addiction & Life Skills programs. We have created a safe place for others to simply build positive relationships. Our services and relationship building model are complimented by several other agencies and non-profit organizations for whom we provide free office and meeting space.

Berwick Outreach

The Berwick Outreach is located at 200 Mill Street and is open Monday (2-4pm), Wednesday (10am-noon) and Friday (10am-noon). For more information or to volunteer call Steave 902-691-1525.

Steave also sees and assists people outside of drop-in hours. From coming to pick up items at our furniture bank and delivery to people in need in his area, to driving someone to and from the hospital in the city for treatments. He is extending helps to needy persons in the Kingston area, this is how he identified the need to set up a drop-in in Kingston.

Kingston Outreach

Kingston Outreach is in the planning stage, look out for news shortly. To register an interest in volunteering in Kingston or to request help with a need please call 902-365-3665.

Inn from the Cold

Inn From The Cold now operates from seven local churches with the assistance of Police and many community volunteers. Emergency shelter has been provided for approximately 1200 individuals over the past twelve years. From 2007 to 2015 we only had the resources to operate the emergency shelter from November through April, with motels and transitional housing being used during the warmer months but we resumed year round emergency shelter in 2016.

While emergency shelter is often the starting point of connection with a person, our housing helps include using motels and our own transitional housing units. The next step for us is to provide longer-term affordable housing.

Giving Birth to a Building

Several years ago it became clear that we needed a permanent and adequate location to serve our guests and participants, so we purchased a building in Kentville. From this 'Resource Centre', we manage our numerous programs in Kentville as well as a Drop-in / Outreach Program in Berwick. While this is a big investment, we have already seen the great value in this move.

Get in touch

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32 Cornwallis St
Kentville, NS B4N 2E1

Charity #81515 8340 RR001
Phone: 902-365-3665
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