February 13, 2018


Ottawa-born Jeff is friendly, gracious, and has some interesting stories to share about his life. In his younger days, he spent time on the stage in Toronto – appearing in such productions as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” and “Godspell”. He then embarked on a career in food services managing and serving in restaurants in several Canadian cities.

Later on in life, Jeff sometimes struggled, and when he had nowhere else to turn, he would stay with us at The Ottawa Mission. He knew he was always welcome here.

Recently Jeff became seriously ill. At 56, he was living alone and when he could no longer take care of himself, the first place he thought of was The Mission’s Hospice. The Hospice is a 21-bed facility attached to the shelter that offers 24 hour care to chronically and terminally ill men and women in need, and the beds are usually all occupied. Thankfully for Jeff, there was room for him when he needed it.

Jeff moved into the Hospice a couple of months ago, and since then he has begun to feel better. He says the Hospice is a very special place. Beyond being clean and bright, and having good food, it’s the staff who make all the difference. In his words, “I am often overwhelmed with gratitude for the care I’m receiving here. The nurses are fantastic – they are very knowledgeable, kind and compassionate. Anyone who is struggling should know that the doors at The Ottawa Mission are always open.”

Jeff hopes to be well enough to return to living in the community in the spring, and when he does, our thoughts and prayers will go with him.