The door is always open to the Chaplain’s office at The Ottawa Mission. Some people drop in daily to see a friendly face and others come in looking for guidance in a time of crisis. As well, an average of 35 people attend the small Chapel Service held daily at The Mission.
Many of the people who turn to The Ottawa Mission for help have experienced rejection, major disappointments, or have survived a personal tragedy. The Mission provides much-needed spiritual support to help these people along their life journey.
The Chaplain leads daily chapel services and provides personal support to people in the shelter and others living in the community who seek help in coping with the stresses and pressures of everyday life. The Chaplaincy team also provides spiritual guidance to people dealing with addictions and to those living out their final days in The Ottawa Mission’s Hospice.
The success of our programs is reflected in the success of those we serve.
Just ask Paul.
When Paul arrived at The Ottawa Mission he was homeless and suffering from mental and physical issues. At first he spoke to no one, and refused the offer of a bed. Instead he slept in a chair in the lobby. Eventually, Paul began to talk to our chaplain and one of our case managers, and with their help he began to feel comfortable sleeping in a bed at night. They also encouraged him to seek medical help. Paul has since gained strength and confidence, and he is now living in his own apartment. Paul still visits us almost every day to attend chapel service where he raises his voice in joyful song.
October 2015 Prayer Calendar
1.) Pray for one of our clients who is working hard to reunite with his family this October; pray for God’s guidance and the spirit of forgiveness and love in the family.
2.) Pray for so many of our clients who are struggling with mental illness; pray for their safety and well-being and also pray for all mental health workers at the Mission.
3.) Give thanks to God for some of our long term residents who recently moved to their own apartments; pray for courage and strength in independent living.
4.) Pray for all recovering from addictions to drug and alcohol; pray particularly for a client entering residential treatment for the first time after 17 years of heavy use of drugs.
5.) Pray for a successful thanksgiving Dinner on the 12th of October for all our clients and for The Ottawa Mission community members.
6.) Pray for a successful Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Ottawa Mission on the 15th of October 2015; pray for the organizers and all attendees.
7.) Pray for a successful search and selection of a new, strong and faith filled candidate for the position of Executive Director for the Ottawa Mission Foundation; pray that fundraisers in Ottawa who have heart for the work of The Mission will put themselves forward for this role.