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Volunteers holds cakes that say Happy Birthday Lily

FOR THE LOVE OF A SON & BROTHER

People who volunteer at The Ottawa Mission are motivated to do so for many reasons. For Lilly Priebe and her daughter, Kelsey Gutoskie, their motivation is deeply personal. Just over a year ago, Lilly and Kelsey lost Jordan, their son and brother respectively, to mental illness. Jordan was part of a warm and loving family, […]

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Filomeno stands in classroom with arms crossed and a big smile

FILOMENO FEELS AT HOME

Filomeno arrived in Canada as a refugee from Angola in April 2014. After several months, he still lacked the proper paperwork to enable him to seek employment, and his housing arrangements fell through. This young man had always worked hard, and he was heartbroken at the thought of being homeless. Someone suggested that he seek […]

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Barry jogging outside on a cloudy day

BARRY IS GIVING BACK

Barry completed The Ottawa Mission’s LifeHouse addiction treatment program four years ago. During his time with us, he decided to focus not only on his recovery, but also on rebuilding his health. So Barry began participating in The Mission’s weekly Run/Walk Program which provides men staying at the shelter with the opportunity to take part […]

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Bruce sits on the front steps of a house with a big smile

BRUCE BELIEVES IN HIMSELF

When Bruce arrived at The Ottawa Mission in 2014, at over six feet tall he weighed just 140 pounds. His addiction had taken control of his life, and he felt that – after many years of struggling – he had reached the end of the road. What’s happened since then has awakened Bruce to a […]

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Emilo stands at a kitchen counter top

EMILE ON HIS WAY

Emile had his own restaurant when he lived in his native Haiti. When he moved to Canada a few years ago, he was unable to find work in his chosen profession because he lacked the right credentials. He worked at other jobs, as a school crossing guard and in security, but found himself needing social […]

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