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.
December 2016 Prayer Calendar
The Christmas season, which is full of joy and celebration for many, can also be a challenging and emotionally difficult time for those we serve at The Ottawa Mission.
Please be in prayer for the following:
1. Pray for those in our community who have little in terms of resources and who struggle emotionally during the holidays due to a lack of family support.
2. Pray for Ottawa Mission staff and volunteers who take work very diligently this time of year to help make the season a bit more special for our those who come through our doors.
3. Pray for our annual Christmas Dinner for the community, planned for Sunday December 18th, which is an important coming together of volunteers, staff and community leaders, attempting to provide something very special those in our community who are struggling.
4. Pray for those at The Ottawa Mission who will spend some of their Christmas weekend working to ensure essential services, such as meals and counselling, are available to people in need.