A New Journey for The Ottawa Mission

2013 will be the beginning of a new journey for The Ottawa Mission – and for me. Last fall, at The Mission’s Annual General meeting, I announced that I would retire early in the new year.  After much thought and discussions with my family, my colleagues and the Mission Board of Directors, I have decided […]

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When Shelter is Not Enough

There are many reasons people walk through the front door of The Ottawa Mission. In the majority of cases, a homeless shelter is usually the last resort for someone in crisis. Some people may only need to stay a few days but there are others who stay much longer – sometimes years. These are people […]

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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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