jamesWhen James walked into The Ottawa Mission 6 months ago, he was dealing with a crisis he’d never experienced before. He had lost his full time job in a machine shop and his long-term relationship with his girlfriend had ended. Suddenly he wasn’t sure what the future held for him and he realized he needed some help.

James says walking through the front door of The Mission wasn’t an easy thing for him to do. Like many others before him, he found that asking for help – especially from people he didn’t know – was hard to do. But James says it was worth it as he found shelter, food – and so much more!

James was quickly connected with The Mission’s Employment & Education worker and his job search began. He learned about a job training course in the masonry field, submitted an application and was accepted for the introductory 20 week course. James will continue with level two of the masonry course in the New Year and for the holiday season he was able to return to a position at a local machine shop.

James only needed The Mission’s support for a few weeks and was then able to move into his own apartment.

This Christmas season, he’s grateful to be back on his feet and wants to extend his heartfelt thanks to everyone who supports The Mission. James knows that, thanks to you, help is available in many forms at The Mission – you just have to have the courage to take the first step.