On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Agar Smith sits down at his desk in Halifax’s Brunswick Street Mission and wonders who will come through the door that day. Maybe it will be someone who can’t pay their electrical bill after a long winter, someone who needs bus fare to get to a job interview, someone who is baffled by a government letter they can’t read, or a woman and her children fleeing abuse. Part counsellor, part friend, and part firm parent, Agar is the face of Brunswick Street’s Benevolent Fund. It’s one of many programs at Brunswick Street, and last year it received over 700 requests for help. Less than 10 percent of the people actually needed money; the rest were looking for help navigating the social service and education systems, or with sorting out differences with landlords and even neighbours. Dwayne was 30 when he walked into Brunswick Street. He had dropped out of school decades before, drifted across the country looking for work, and finally ended up back in Halifax. With Agar’s help, he found a place to live and mended bridges with some people. Dwayne began attending community college to gain his high school equivalency and intends to learn a trade after that. The money for the Benevolent Fund comes from individuals and local churches, but the funding for Brunswick Street’s operations and salaries comes from Mission and Service. As a part of Brunswick Street Mission’s family of programs, the Benevolent Fund can help people access what they need quickly and effectively for a better future. Please continue to give so Brunswick Street Mission can continue to invest in positive change.
Mighty and tender God, through our gifts for Mission and Service we respond to your call to mend the world.