June 01, 2016

Hunger doesn’t take a holiday

As the summer months approach, many of us are making plans for vacation, visits to the cottage, or simply sitting in our backyard with a good book.  But for people who turn to The Ottawa Mission for help, the summer months are just like any other time of the year.  They are hungry and hurting and have nowhere else to turn.  Our 235 beds are full almost every night and, along with the people staying here, there are many others in the community that also count on us for help every day.
John is just one example.

John is in his 50’s and lives alone in a small, subsidized apartment. He hasn’t had full-time work in a few years and although he can afford to pay his rent, there is often little left over for food.  That’s why he has been coming to The Mission for occasional meals for the past couple of years. Many of the staff and volunteers at The Mission know John by name and he feels welcome.  The nutritious meals we are able to serve him also helps maintain his health.   We consider him a member of our extended family, and he feels the same way about us.  He knows we care about him.

It’s through your generosity that The Mission is able to do as much as possible to make sure that John and so many others like him receive healthy meals and friendship – and never have to feel that they are alone – during the summertime and all year round.  If you would like to make a gift to help this summer, please call 613-234-1155, or donate at
On behalf of John, we thank you.


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