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When James walked into The Ottawa Mission this past spring, he was dealing with a crisis he’d never experienced before. He had lost his full time job in a machine shop and his long-term relationship with his girlfriend had ended. Suddenly he wasn’t sure what the future held for him and he realized he needed some help.

James says walking through the front door of The Ottawa Mission wasn’t an easy thing for him to do. Like many others before him, he found asking for help – especially from people he didn’t know – was hard to do. But he says it was worth it as he found shelter and food – and so much more! James was quickly connected with The Mission’s Employment & Education Worker and his job search began. He learned about a job training course in the masonry field and he was able to get an application in and was accepted for the introductory 20 week course. He will continue with level two of the course next Spring and until then has been able to get back into a machine shop position.

James has also found a new apartment and was able to move out of the shelter a few weeks after he arrived. He’s back on his feet and feeling grateful for the support he received at The Mission. He wants others in the community to know there are many opportunities for help available at The Ottawa Mission – you just have to have the courage to ask for help.