Sharing the Blessings of Easter

Guest blogger – Chef Ric Watson, Ottawa Mission Manager of Food Services Easter is almost here, and at our celebration on Monday, April 6 we expect to serve more than 2500 meals to people who have nowhere else to go. Unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas, when many special community dinners are organized, the Easter weekend seems […]

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Lent at The Mission

Every weekday at 10:55 a.m. a general announcement is made over the intercom at The Ottawa Mission by our Chaplain, Cosmas Ajawara: “Chapel service begins in five minutes. Everyone is welcome.” People staying at the shelter, and people who live in the community join together to routinely fill the fifty chapel seats for this daily […]

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One Thin Dime

Guest blogger: Ottawa Mission Executive Director Peter Tilley Every day at The Ottawa Mission we see people who are hungry, homeless and hurting. Although everything we do in our work is aimed at helping them, we know that despite our best efforts, we can’t “do it all”. This can be discouraging from time to time. […]

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A Chance to Pay it Forward

Dwight has been in and out of shelters for many years. He often managed to hold down a job but spent a lot of his earnings on his growing addiction. Now, at age 46, Dwight is turning his life in a new direction and says it’s time to look forward, not back. At The Ottawa […]

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A Warm Response to a Cold Winter Event

This winter has been bitterly cold and long for everyone in Ottawa – but doubly so for people staying in shelters. Not only is it more difficult for those looking for housing or jobs to get around, but staying indoors in a shelter with limited public space and cramped bedrooms only adds to the stress […]

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