Begun as what was hoped to be a short-term solution to a temporary problem, Hope Cottage has grown into an institution, firmly woven into the social fabric of Halifax. Hope Cottage serves over 200 meals at two sittings a day, Monday to Friday, 90 people at a time.
Hope Cottage is financed entirely through donations from individuals, community groups and organizations — no government funding. The annual operating budget is approximately $300,000. With a full-time staff of three, Hope Cottage relies on the assistance of numerous volunteers and the support of a number of local hotels, businesses, community groups and organizations to help prepare and serve the meals. Assistance in the form of monetary or food donations is always welcome.