A letter to the community from Deacon Rod Rowlands, CEO Beacon House.
As we are now well into week three of this “new normal” we are living in due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I want to give you a brief update on how Beacon House is coping.
Firstly, I want to ensure you that by the devotion of a small number of people we have been able to keep the food bank open with reduced hours Monday to Friday. Operational times are
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, and Thursdays 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
As well I want to thank all our volunteers who have devoted their time and talents to make Beacon House a place of hope and light in this community for 35 years. I am very happy to know that they are adhering to the guidelines to remain at home to ensure their health and safety is paramount. We miss you and we hope we will get through this terrible time sooner than later.
Although we have had to change some policies and procedures to accommodate social distancing and limiting access to the building, we are still able to provide our clients with food assistance.
Working with Feed Nova Scotia we are still receiving our regular orders, and, are still able to buy food from our suppliers without too much interruption. Food and cash donations have been of great assistance as our retail store remains closed keeping with public safety protocols.
We are working diligently to continue our service to the food bank clients in our wider community.
In closing, I want to say a big thank-you to our churches and the general public for your support by both food and cash donations in the past and especially during this most difficult time.
The true nature of a community is defined by how people can come together as a united front to give of their time, talents and resources when disaster strikes.
By God’s mercy we will endure these difficult times and get through it together.
Peace and Good be with all of us as we work to serve in Christ’s name.
Deacon Rod Rowlands
CEO- Beacon House Interfaith Society