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.
July 2016 Prayer Calendar
The Chaplaincy department recognizes the power of prayer in support of our work and ministry with each other and with our clients. Please join us in praying for the following prayer requests for the Month of July.
1.) Prayer for our Frontline workers as they minister to needs during the challenging periods of extreme heat during the summer months.
2.) Pray for those enrolled in our addictions services program as they courageously deal with the root causes of their addictions
3.) Pray for the other homeless ministries of Ottawa as we seek to develop creative partnerships
4.) Prayer for the patients of our Hospice, that they would find peace in comfort amidst their suffering.
5.) Prayer for our new Fulltime chaplain, Greg Rodgers during the orientation period of his new role with the Ottawa Mission.
6.) Pray for our part time chaplain, Stefan Cherry in his continued ministry