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.
February 2016 Prayer Calendar
The Chaplaincy department recognizes the power of prayer in support of our work and ministry. We have created the following prayer calendar to remind us of our prayer concerns for the Month of February.
1.) Pray for all clients in treatment program at the Mission; pray that God will grant them the grace of perseverance and the spirit of commitment, so that they will achieve their set goals.
2.) Pray for clients who are having difficulties finding a place to live; pray that help will come their way through the agencies, organizations, and all men and women of goodwill in our community.
3.) Give thanks to God for all our clients who have moved to their own apartments in the past month, pray for their safety and wellbeing.
4.) Pray for all sick, lonely and homeless people in the city of Ottawa, pray that they may get the care and help that they need.
5.) Pray for all our clients seeking to deepen their faith in God; pray that God’s Spirit will remain in them as they walk the path of faith and light.
6.) Pray for the success of all events happening at, and for the Mission during this month, especially the coldest Night of the Year event taking place on the 20th of February, pray especially that God will protect all participants.
7.) Pray for all new members of the staff; pray that will imbibe the culture and vision of the Ottawa Mission as they join our family and community.
Prayer for the Poor
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and Joy. Amen