CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS

“ …with God all things are possible.”

Matthew – 19:26

For so many of us, the Christmas season is filled with happiness as we spend time with our families and build new memories. For people staying at The Ottawa Mission, however, this can be an especially difficult time of year.enjoy our retirement years.

The people you help us serve, whether by providing them with food and shelter, or helping them with job training, or offering them the chance to receive life-changing treatment for their addiction, also have families and friends. But because of their circumstances, many have little contact with the people who mean the most to them. And, at this time of year, being apart from loved ones is especially painful.

Through the grace of God, and because you care, we are able to bring hope to those who need our help at this blessed time of year. For each of the people who have shared their stories with us in this newsletter, what seemed impossible this time last year has become possible. Chris has newfound hope, Monique has confidence and a new career, Barry is back at work, and Pierre has found joy in life. And they, and so many others who have walked through our doors, have been made to feel a part of our family here at The Mission.

We thank you for your kindness – at Christmas and all year round. Peter Tilley and his team at The Mission are using your gifts to truly change lives and turning impossibilities into everyday miracles for those who need help the most.

As a volunteer at The Ottawa Mission Foundation, I’m humbled and grateful for your generous and faithful support.

God bless you,
Michael Pallett
PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE OTTAWA MISSION FOUNDATION

BARRY’S GIFT OF “THE EXTRA MILE”

It’s been a rough few years for 56 year-old Barry. He had a good job for 14 years as a window installer until the company closed its doors. And then he had some serious medical problems that left him with a long recuperation and unable to work.

MONIQUE’S GIFT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Monique was working part time in the cafeteria at Algonquin College earlier this year, and having a difficult time making ends meet, when she unexpectedly received a special gift from a fellow employee – the gift of hope.

CHRIS’ GIFT OF
A PLACE TO CALL HOME

Two extraordinary things happened to Chris this year that have given him a new lease on life. Chris has been homeless since he was 16.

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HARVEY JUST KEEPS ON GIVING

Harvey had never visited The Mission in person until just last year and, for him, it was a truly eye-opening experience. He said he realized for the first time the extent of the good work that was happening here, and he decided right away that he wanted to be part of it.

PIERRE’S GIFT OF A SMILE

A few years ago, Pierre woke up on a park bench in the rain in Simcoe, Ontario. He was addicted, homeless and suicidal. His childhood was one marked by a dysfunctional family, a poor education, and little or no affection.