Many familiar sights were forced to the sidelines during strict COVID 19 pandemic restrictions and the Dauphin HERO Club hot dog cart program was one of them. However, with an improved COVID outlook and recent loosening of provincial public health orders, the Dauphin HERO Club’s Hot Dog Cart was back in the public eye— resuming operation again this year in June 2022.
People may recall the old cart, along with the Club’s previous location, was destroyed by fire in Feb. 2019. And amidst COVID hitting, it only operated for a very short time thereafter.
Jim Price is a Community Mental Health Worker for PMH, who works closely with members from the HERO Club.
“We remain very thankful for the ongoing support we receive from Prairie Mountain Health and of course, awhile back, the direct donations we received from community members and groups to relaunch the cart. Club members have been anxious to begin operating the program regularly again for Summer 2022. It’s a really great initiative, and something that has become a real recognizable sign of warm weather and summer days in Dauphin,” Price stated.
Patronage thus far this season has been and continues to be phenomenal. Sales are booming and community supporters have become regulars on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reaction from HERO CLUB Members is very positive and enthusiastic. The members are grateful and appreciative of the ongoing support and patronage shown by the community of Dauphin. The members take great pride in providing a quality food service and are inspired by the opportunity to interact with the public at large. It is wonderful to see Dauphin continue to be a community that embraces and supports the club in so many ways and on so many levels.
Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) provides coordination and other assistance to the HERO Club through its mental health program. Dauphin (established in 1994) is one of four HERO Club sites within the health region. Roblin, Russell and Swan River are the others.
The HERO Club is an important initiative because it reduces stigma; provides awareness and education as well as advocacy and provides a clubhouse forum whereby the members can strengthen their resiliency and rekindle hope and encouragement. The club truly embraces and is characterized by what it stands for as a HERO – Helping Everyone Reach Out. We are blessed and humbled by the encouragement and compassion that is a hallmark of our community.
The HERO Club Hot Dog Cart is located outside the Under One Roof Building (formerly the United Church) in Dauphin on Tues. and Thurs. from 10:30 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. outside the former United Church Building (now Under One Roof) at 37 3rd Avenue NW).