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A simple act of kindness three years ago changed Jason’s life. He was drifting, troubled and homeless when a cab driver saw him sitting by the roadside at 4 a.m. and brought him to The Ottawa Mission. He was welcomed by our Front Line staff and offered food and shelter for as long as he needed it. So much has happened since then.

As with many people who come to us, it took Jason a while to open up and trust people, and to look around him to see what kind of help was available. He began attending the Day Program where he met many other men in the same situation, and still attends on a regular basis. He also visits our medical clinic to get the medication he requires.

But, beyond this, Jason has become an eager student at our Stepping Stones Learning Centre. With the support and guidance of our full-time teacher, he has completed 2 out of 8 online courses as he works towards a certificate in Medical Transcription from Algonquin College. And his marks are excellent!

We’re also happy to report Jason now has a new place to live! He worked with our housing support staff to find a safe and affordable place of his own and they even found him some donations of furniture and a computer so that he can keep up with his schoolwork.

Most importantly, Jason has gained a sense of confidence and self-worth after many years of struggling.

Jason is so thankful to The Mission – especially our learning centre – for the tremendous encouragement they have given him, and continue to give him, as he moves forward with hope. And, as Jason says, “I look forward to someday helping others the way I have been helped at The Mission.”

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