March 05, 2018

Joint Statement

The Ottawa Mission
The Salvation Army
The Shepherds of Good Hope

March 5, 2018

The Ottawa Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope and The Salvation Army serve many of the most vulnerable people throughout our City who are either experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness due to physical or mental health conditions, poverty, or other factors. We also serve many who are not clients of our emergency shelters, but who come to us for support because their current situation forces them to choose between paying rent, buying food or clothing their families.

Together, we provide programs and services that save lives and contribute to the overall health of our community, including:

  • health services including such as primary care, mental health and addictions, medical, and hospice care;
  • emergency, transitional, and supportive housing;
  • emergency food and community meals;
  • job training and employment services;
  • clothing.

Our staff members are all professionally trained, and we also rely on the support of hundreds of dedicated and compassionate volunteers. We are all publicly accountable institutions and report back regularly to the community on our work.

We are proud of the work we do to meet the daily needs of many of the most vulnerable in our community and are proud of the role we play in supporting both the ByWard Market and the City of Ottawa.