The door is always open to the Chaplain’s office at The Ottawa Mission. Some people drop in daily to see a friendly face and others come in looking for guidance in a time of crisis. As well, an average of 35 people attend the small Chapel Service held daily at The Mission.
Many of the people who turn to The Ottawa Mission for help have experienced rejection, major disappointments, or have survived a personal tragedy. The Mission provides much-needed spiritual support to help these people along their life journey. The Chaplain leads daily chapel services and provides personal support to people in the shelter and others living in the community who seek help in coping with the stresses and pressures of everyday life. The Chaplaincy team also provides spiritual guidance to people dealing with addictions and to those living out their final days in The Ottawa Mission’s Hospice.
The success of our programs is reflected in the success of those we serve. Just ask Paul.
When Paul arrived at The Ottawa Mission he was homeless and suffering from mental and physical issues. At first he spoke to no one, and refused the offer of a bed. Instead he slept in a chair in the lobby. Eventually, Paul began to talk to our chaplain and one of our case managers, and with their help he began to feel comfortable sleeping in a bed at night. They also encouraged him to seek medical help.
Paul has since gained strength and confidence, and he is now living in his own apartment. Paul still visits us almost every day to attend chapel service where he raises his voice in joyful song.
September 2016 Prayer Calendar
Every month The Ottawa Mission invites you to join in our prayers for those groups or individuals who are part of our community and Mission family. In September, we ask that you direct prayers to the following people:
1. Pray for members of The Ottawa Mission’s Client Services and Case Management teams who provide daily care to those staying at our shelter and who find the community resources that are crucial for enhancing the lives of those who seek assistance.
2. Pray for the encouragement of the medical staff of The Mission Hospice who have unique and important ministry to residents and to family members.
3. Prayer for our exceptional community of dedicated and compassionate volunteers who provide a wide array services on a daily basis.
4. Pray for Phil, a member of one of our addictions programs who continues to make huge strides in his recovery and is seeing a progressive healing in his relationships with family members.