Dartmouth North Community Van:  A Community Partnership

Tuesday January 17th, 2012 was the launch date of our new Dartmouth North Community Van
Transportation continues to be an issue that needs to be improved for members of our community.  Our van’s aim is to help clients connect with and access services they need.  This van will bring clients to programs and services that will benefit them, allowing them the full benefit of the broad range of services and programs in our community. 
The van provides a wonderful way to strengthen our community, as it is the catalyst that has brought several community groups together (HRM Municipal Councillor Jim Smith, Freedom Foundation of NS, and The Public Good Society)  and provides community spirit and stronger interaction among community groups and organizations.
The van is available to non-profit organizations who could not justify a van for full-time usage.  This van will reduce their costs, as it is available at an affordable cost, ensuring the majority of their funds go to improved services.  The van will provide enhanced program opportunities involving mobility of clients who are otherwise isolated due to transportation limitations.
The van is a way for community groups to continue to develop partnerships.

The Community Van also supports The Public Good Society's mandate of:

  • helping to identify gaps in service for the community - broadening support services.
  • supporting people living in vulnerable circumstances in our community.
  • building on what's working in the community.
  • commitment to building partnerships and implementing solutions

Alice Housing provides safe second stage housing and supportive counselling for women and children leaving domestic violence.  Part of our comprehensive slate of programs involves recreational days for both the mothers and their children.  During the holiday season and during the summer, we are tasked with providing transportation to families so that they can participate in both social gatherings in their honour or Beach days at Rainbow Haven.  Both activities involve Alice Housing renting a passenger van at a considerable cost.  By participating in the Community Van program, we will save a significant amount in van rentals each year; money which can be diverted to other programs of the organization.   – Joanne Bernard, Executive Director –Alice Housing

The community van will help us to get around to buy our groceries and to take our residents out for occasional recreational activities.  This type of vehicle is much needed for a home like ours because it is very difficult to get 11 residents out together for an event if they all have to take public transportation.  It will save us time, money and stress and give us an actual opportunity to get our residents more involved in the community.  Cheryl Gardner – Freedom Foundation

The Van has been generously supported by HRM Councillor Jim Smith,  Oregans Kia Dartmouth, Robert Chisholm - Dartmouth-Cole Harbour MP and Imperial Oil