“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.”  Psalm 147:3

Anyone who has lived in Canada for any length of time knows how challenging it can be to get through the winter months in good health. Imagine the challenge involved when one is staying at a homeless shelter – and likely doesn’t have a family doctor.

This year, our Primary Care Medical Clinic marks its 10th anniversary (see article on page 5). Thanks to our ongoing partnership with the professional and compassionate medical team at Ottawa Inner City Health, people who are in shelters and without a family doctor can get on-site treatment at The Mission’s medical clinic.

Chad is someone who credits the clinic staff with helping to change his life. He arrived at The Mission in the middle of winter 4 years ago with only the clothes on his back. Since Chad was without a family doctor, he connected with the medical clinic while staying here to get help with a serious ongoing health issue, and he stayed connected with them for a time even after he left our shelter.

A few months ago, Chad came by to say hello and let us know that he’s doing well. He’s in great health and he recently married.

He can’t say enough about the care he received at the medical clinic and how important it was to his overall recovery.

Meeting people like Chad helps us realize the impact our day to day work can have on one life.

Thank you for all you do to support the life-changing programs at The Ottawa Mission – and congratulations to the staff and our partners on the tremendous success of our medical clinic.

Peter Tilley
Executive Director
The Ottawa Mission