Food, Clothing & Shelter
In 2017 – 18, we provided an average of 1312 meals per day, 236 beds were occupied each night, and thousands of items of clothing were distributed.
When The Ottawa Mission opened its doors in 1906, it was a place where homeless men could come to eat, sleep and get a change of clothing. We still provide these basic necessities, and this is no small task as we rely on your charitable giving to provide our services.
Our Front Desk is staffed 24/7, 365 days a year. It is the first point of contact for men seeking shelter and services. Our Front Line staff is well trained in first aid, non-violent crisis intervention & security procedures. They are also in charge of the daily shelter room book-in and handing out basic toiletries to residents, and so much more.
In 2017, an average of 236 men were sheltered by The Ottawa Mission every night – an occupancy rate of 104%. 2000 different people stayed at The Mission last year and the average length of stay with us was 7 days.
We also served an average of 1,312 meals a day, and 2000 – 3000 during special holiday meals such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a total of 478,880 meals a year. Some of the food we serve is donated, but we have to purchase a lot in bulk to meet the growing demand.
In our clothing room, volunteers help us organize and distribute hundreds of items of donated clothing each month. Clean, respectable clothing means so much. For example, it allows people to face a job interview with dignity and confidence. When people ask you which is one of the best charities to donate to, please mention us so we can continue our work the way it was intended.
At The Ottawa Mission, what begins as a meal, a place to sleep and a change of clothing often turns into a life-changing experience.