Mary’s Gifts of Warmth and Generosity

Mary is a retired nurse who continues to demonstrate the spirits of caring and compassion that are the hallmarks of her former profession. For us at The Ottawa Mission, Mary’s kindness shines through in two wonderful ways. After taking a tour of The Mission a couple of years ago, Mary decided to become a monthly […]

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Chad Comes “Full Circle”

When Chad first came through the doors of The Ottawa Mission over 6 years ago, he was, in his own words, “that guy on that street wearing the same clothes for thirty days.” Chad was born in Arnprior and has spent all his life in the Ottawa area. He had a rough childhood and struggled […]

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Sammy’s Amazing Journey

Twelve years ago, 28 year-old Sammy was a newcomer to Canada seeking political asylum and a better life. He spoke very little English, and was struggling to find work. Sammy was visiting an employment office one day and saw a poster advertising The Ottawa Mission’s Food Services Training Program (FSTP). He had experience as a […]

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volunteer week at the Ottawa Mission

In Praise of our Priceless Volunteers

April 15-21 marks National Volunteer Week – a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers, including some very special people we see every week at The Ottawa Mission. Our dedicated army of volunteers – an average of 250 a week! – help to care for hundreds of people every day of the […]

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a new life underway. great team and spirit


Thuraya and her family made the move to Ottawa from Jordan just over a year ago in search of a better life. Her first priority was to find a job, but she ran into the same roadblock experienced by many people – the difficulty of finding work without Canadian experience. Thuraya met with a counsellor […]

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