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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. And he had forgotten how to smile. But that night he felt a glimmer of […]

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VOLUNTEER CORNER: HARVEY JUST KEEPS ON GIVING

At 75, Harvey Steinwald has done a lot of volunteer work. He feels fortunate in his life and wants to give back to his community. For many years, Harvey has been a member of the Ottawa chapter of the Knights of Pythias – an international charitable fundraising organization. They have been donating to The Ottawa […]

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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. He is now 56. He has lived his life either on the streets or in and out of shelters between here and Toronto. Chris came to The Ottawa Mission a […]

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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. The gift came from William, a graduate of The Ottawa Mission’s Food Services Training Program (FSTP). Monique […]

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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. For the first time in his life, Barry […]

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