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My First Christmas at The Mission

It was Christmas 1991, and in a homeless shelter a woman staff member was preparing for the holiday.  She was trying to find ways to make Christmas festive for the 67 men who lived there.  Hughie, Horace, Glen, John, Jimmy and the others were mostly older men and alcoholics.  They were often grumpy at this […]

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Holidays at The Mission

The Christmas season always comes alive very early at The Ottawa Mission. For the past few weeks, I’ve been seeing all types of people coming in with donations of money, clothing, and food to help those staying at the shelter. It never ceases to amaze me when I see the outpouring of generosity from this […]

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Hope Comes In Many Forms

If someone had told me as a young adult that I was going to grow up and oversee a large urban homeless shelter for more than 20 years, I definitely wouldn’t have believed them. I also know many people who come through the doors at The Ottawa Mission never thought they would grow up and […]

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