March 14, 2014

Hope and help come in many forms

No one will argue that this has been a very cold and very long winter in Ottawa. For people staying at The Ottawa Mission, spring’s arrival in a few days will be very welcome indeed.

But before we officially welcome in spring, another special March event will be held Monday to mark St. Patrick’s Day, or the ‘Feast of St. Patrick’, as it’s known in some parts of the world. A celebratory lunch will be held here that day, one that includes some hearty Irish stew.

To make the day even more special, members of Ottawa City Council, including Mayor Jim Watson, will take some time out of their busy schedule and come down to The Mission to serve the lunch as part of the fourth annual “Councillors Feed the Hungry” event. This annual event is organized by Keith Egli, Councillor for Ward 9 Knoxdale-Merivale and along with volunteering, members of city council are also contributing the funds to buy the food for the special meal.

There are no easy solutions to homelessness but helping people in need in our community is something that requires working together. Thank you to Ottawa City Council for its support and continuing to work with us to provide hope and help to those without a home.