Finding a Stepping Stone to Education and Community

 The Ottawa Mission’s Stepping Stones Learning Centre is a small room on the top floor of our Client Services centre located next to the main shelter.  It’s not a formal ‘classroom’ but rather a place where men and women can find support for a number of different educational hurdles – whether it’s completing online courses […]

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Sharing the Blessings of Easter

Guest blogger – Chef Ric Watson, Head Chef, The Ottawa Mission Easter is almost here, and at our celebration on Monday, April 21 we expect to serve more than 2700 meals to people who have nowhere else to go. Unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas, when many special community dinners are organized, the Easter weekend seems to […]

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The Journey to Wellness – Inside and Out

The return of warmer temperatures and non-slippery sidewalks has a lot of people getting outdoors for some exercise. For men taking part in The Ottawa Mission’s addiction treatment programs, much attention is placed on their emotional and mental well-being.  But their physical well-being is just as important. With spring’s arrival, the Mission’s LifeHouse and Stabilization […]

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In Praise of Our Priceless Volunteers

Next week is National Volunteer Week – a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers. Here at The Ottawa Mission, we simply could not help as many people in need without the dedicated support of our compassionate army of volunteers. Every month, close to 250 people fill a volunteer role at the […]

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Finding Help When You Need It Most

Some of us are blessed to have a network of family and friends to support us through tough times. Others, like John, do not have people to lean on – until they find their way to The Ottawa Mission. John was unemployed and had no formal job training when he learned about The Mission’s Food […]

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