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    “Portraits of the Ottawa Mission” Exhibition Tell Stories of Compassion, Care and Community

    September 28, 2022

    Paintings by renowned Canadian artist Karen Bailey highlight the work of Ottawa’s oldest emergency shelter to support vulnerable community members OTTAWA, ON – The Ottawa Mission, Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) […]

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    CTV News: The Ottawa Mission says demand to feed people is the highest in two decades

    September 22, 2022

    Hundreds of people sleeping on the streets every night, thousands being fed at The Ottawa  Mission. The pandemic, inflation and mental illness expose the other side of Ottawa, and the […]

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    The Ottawa Mission Serves Almost One Million Meals to Our Community

    September 22, 2022

    Shelter has served over 20 million meals since 1906 and provides support to increasing numbers of vulnerable people in need across 17 different programs Ottawa, ON – Today the Ottawa […]

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    Giving to Support Those in Need This Thanksgiving

    September 13, 2022

    Help The Ottawa Mission Feed Hungry Community Members this Thanksgiving by Donating Frozen Turkeys Ottawa, ON – As we head into the fall, planning is well underway for The Ottawa […]

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    Ottawa Mission celebrates graduation of Food Services Training Program

    August 11, 2022

    Ottawa Mission celebrates graduation of Food Services Training Program students with 100% employed after completing their program at “Chef Ric’s” Ottawa, ON – Today The Ottawa Mission celebrated the graduation […]

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    CTV News: Extreme heat posing health concerns for Ottawa’s homeless population

    August 7, 2022

    Ottawa residents were trying their best to keep cool under dangerous conditions on Sunday, with temperatures making it feel like 40 degrees. For those who live on the streets, escaping […]

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    Hobin Architecture provides Hope to those in need

    June 15, 2022

    Since its founding in 1979, Hobin Architecture has been dedicated to two main goals: 1) the design and completion of beautiful, livable buildings for its clients; and 2) community engagement […]

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    The Ottawa Citizen: Egan: On a Mission — a borrowed food truck rolls into 7,000 meals a week

    May 11, 2022

    “When the pandemic struck, there was no food truck at the Mission shelter, which used to serve mostly in the Waller Street dining room. Then came one, on loan.” Our […]

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    Ottawa Mission adds Second Food Truck to its Mobile Mission Meals Program

    April 19, 2022

    Shocking Increases in Hunger Puts Shelter on Track to Serve Almost One Million Meals This Year Ottawa, ON – As Ottawa has entered its third year of dealing with the […]

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    Helping Those in Need this Easter:

    April 18, 2022

    Ottawa Mission Serves 10,084 Meals to Meet the Shocking Increase in Hunger in Ottawa Ottawa, ON – During The Ottawa Mission’s special Easter meal service, which was held on April […]

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    The Ottawa Citizen: Ottawa Mission breaks record for number of Easter meals served

    April 18, 2022

    Since last Monday, the Mission has served 10,084 special Easter meals to its clients, enlisting two trucks to distribute the food.

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    CTV News Ottawa: Ottawa Mission adds food truck to help deliver meals during Easter long weekend

    April 18, 2022

    Not everyone can afford a hot Easter meal this weekend. The Ottawa Mission says the demand and need for food is greater than ever in the community. The shelter has […]

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    Ottawa Mission graduates first class of Food Services students trained exclusively at “Chef Ric’s”

    March 24, 2022

    More than 90% of graduating students secure employment in the food services industry Ottawa, ON – Today the first class of Food Services Training Program (FSPT) students trained within “Chef […]

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    The Ottawa Citizen: Ottawa Mission food program in former Rideau Bakery launches first grads

    March 24, 2022

    When Forough AliKarami arrived in Ottawa from Iran last July, she started casting around for a volunteer job. “I had free time and I was wondering what I would do […]

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    Investing in Community: Recognizing Connor, Clark & Lunn

    March 16, 2022

    The Ottawa Mission is known as the city’s largest housing and homelessness service provider. But behind the meals being served and the housing applications being sent, there are very dedicated […]

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    Giving to Support Those in Need

    March 14, 2022

    Help The Ottawa Mission Serve 10,000 meals this Easter by Donating Frozen Turkeys and Produce Ottawa, ON – As we head into spring after a long winter, planning is underway […]

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    Statement on Occupation of Downtown Ottawa

    February 16, 2022

    On February 6, the City of Ottawa declared a State of Emergency in response to the continuing occupation of the downtown core and numerous untoward and dangerous incidents associated with […]

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    Continuing to Help Those in Need to Address Hunger Made Worse by the Pandemic: The Ottawa Mission Serves an Astounding 6,274 Christmas Meals

    December 20, 2021

    Ottawa, ON – During this Christmas season, The Ottawa Mission has served an astounding 6,274 to people across the city of Ottawa, the highest total of special holiday meals ever […]

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    Giving to Support Those in Need: Help The Ottawa Mission Feed the Hungry this Christmas by Donating Frozen Turkeys

    December 1, 2021

    Ottawa, ON – As we head into the holiday session, planning is well underway for The Ottawa Mission’s annual Christmas Dinner, which will take place on Sunday, December 19th. Covid19 […]

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    1 million meals? DYMON steps in to double gifts on Giving Tuesday

    November 24, 2021

    It takes strong businesses to support a strong community, and it takes a strong community to support strong businesses. Good companies steward their profits well for the good of customers, […]

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    Ottawa Mission graduates first class of Food Services students trained at “Chef Ric’s”

    November 4, 2021

    More than 90% of graduating students secure employment in the food services industry Ottawa, ON – Today the first class of Food Services Training Program (FSPT) students trained within “Chef […]

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    Continuing to Help Those in Need: Ottawa Mission Served 6189 Meals to Those Who Are Hungry This Thanksgiving

    October 11, 2021

    Ottawa, ON – During The Ottawa Mission’s annual Thanksgiving dinner program, which was held on October 12th as well as the week prior to Thanksgiving through the shelter’s food truck […]

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    Shaw Centre’s world-class food donations boost morale for clients

    October 4, 2021

    The Shaw Centre in Ottawa was recently honoured with the international APEX award for the World’s Best Convention Centre. Located downtown on the Rideau Canal, the beautiful facility hosts a […]

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    Diane Morrison Hospice marks 20 years of providing care for homeless community members

    September 28, 2021

    Shelter also releases community impact report, including providing 728,000 meals in response to hunger   Ottawa, ON – Today, The Ottawa Mission and Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH) marked the 20th […]

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    Giving to Support Those in Need: Help The Ottawa Mission Feed the Hungry this Thanksgiving by Donating Frozen Turkeys

    September 16, 2021

    Ottawa, ON – As we head into the fall, planning is well underway for The Ottawa Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner at its shelter, which will take place on Monday, October […]

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    Cooking Up a New Dream: The Ottawa Mission Opens Up “Chef Ric’s”

    September 9, 2021

    Ottawa, ON – Today The Ottawa Mission celebrated its grand opening of its new social enterprise “Chef Ric’s” at the former home of Ottawa’s beloved Rideau Bakery. The Mission appreciates […]

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    Vote housing at the polls

    September 1, 2021

    In a new Nanos poll, 78% of Canadians said they would be more supportive of a political party that proposed concrete action to end homelessness and build new affordable housing. […]

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    Sharing the faces and stories of people experiencing homelessness through photography

    August 16, 2021

    There’s a story written on all of our faces. A story of who we are. Of where we’ve been. Through her photography, Leah Denbok seeks to capture the stories of […]

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    Ottawa Mission Food Truck Program Experiences Unprecedented Growth In Response to Rising Rates of Hunger in Ottawa due to Covid19

    June 10, 2021

    Ottawa, ON – As hunger worsens in our community, The Ottawa Mission brought together its community partner Somerset West Community Health Centre and Councillor Catherine McKenney, Special Liaison for Housing […]

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    Statement on remains of 215 Indigenous children found at former residential school in BC

    June 2, 2021

    The Ottawa Mission shares in the mourning of the 215 Indigenous children discovered in an unmarked mass grave at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Our thoughts are with the families, […]

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    Hobin Architecture helps build communities in more than one way

    May 16, 2021

    A city is more than just a collection of buildings and neighbourhoods. It’s the people that make a city a community. Focusing on people and the community has been the […]

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    Ottawa Mission Food Services Training Program Grads celebrates their new lives

    May 6, 2021

    Ottawa, ON – Today 10 students of The Ottawa Mission’s celebrated Food Services Training Program (FSTP) celebrated their graduation from this initiative, joining the ranks of 200 people who have […]

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    The Mission’s Volunteer Family

    April 22, 2021

    There isn’t a single type of volunteer at The Ottawa Mission. All of them have a story of how they arrived here, and different reasons that keep them coming back. […]

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    Helping Those in Need this Easter: The Ottawa Mission Serves 4,653 Meals in our Community

    April 6, 2021

    Ottawa, ON – During the Ottawa Mission’s special Easter meal service, which was held on April 5 for shelter guests in our dining room and community members through our garage […]

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    Helping Those in Need During COVID19: The Ottawa Mission Will Feed Even More People Who Are Hungry This Easter

    March 31, 2021

    Ottawa, ON – As Easter approaches, we want to assure our community that, in these continuing difficult times, The Ottawa Mission will be serving an in-house Easter meal to our […]

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    Power of Attorney. What Is It?

    February 24, 2021

    When people seek help with their estate planning, they usually understand the need for an up-to-date will. Some, however, are less clear on the need to have a Power of […]

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    How You Can Help Shape Our Future

    February 24, 2021

    A charitable gift in your will is important. Each year, thousands of philanthropic Canadians leave a portion of their assets in their wills to support causes they care about. Such […]

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    Without A Will…

    February 24, 2021

    There are many reasons why we put off making a will. The process can be daunting. There is uncertainty about where to begin. Some think their estate is too small […]

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    Lucian and Rita Blair: Seeing The Need

    February 24, 2021

    Lucian and Rita Blair have donated to The Ottawa Mission Foundation for 18 years — even though they both wish The Mission wasn’t needed. Unfortunately, it is. It was Lucian’s […]

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    Working with our partners to meet the need for healthy food and a brighter future

    February 10, 2021

    As the pandemic has impacted our community, The Ottawa Mission has partnered with community food cupboards across our city to meet the need for healthy food in response to worsening […]

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    Cooking Up a New Future for Amir

    February 10, 2021

    Amir is a bright, enthusiastic 17-year old who graduated from The Mission’s Food Services Training program (FSTP) on November 12. He holds the record as the youngest student ever in […]

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    A Place to Call Home at Last for Raymond

    February 10, 2021

    Raymond was a gentle and friendly 63-year-old man from a small farming community in Manitoba where he lived until he was almost 30. “We took care of the land, the […]

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    “A Godsend”: A New Home and a New Life for Dean

    February 10, 2021

    Dean, a quiet and respectful man of 61 years, is originally from Brockville. He worked hard to maintain his sobriety for several years, but the burden of grief from losing […]

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    A beautiful smile makes it all worthwhile: Why Linda volunteers

    February 10, 2021

    Linda is a kind and thoughtful person who has been volunteering in The Ottawa Mission’s kitchen for the past 16 months. In this role, she’s completed a variety of tasks, […]

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    Joint Statement by Ottawa Emergency Shelters on Covid19 Outbreak

    January 29, 2021

    Due to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, Shepherds of Good Hope, The Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre, Cornerstone Housing for Women and The Ottawa Mission, in coordination […]

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    Paying it forward: How Gary Zed is helping those in need at The Ottawa Mission by supporting local businesses

    December 22, 2020

    When it comes to helping the most vulnerable members of our community and inspiring others to do likewise, Ottawa philanthropist Gary Zed is a natural leader. Wanting not only to […]

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    Helping Those in Need Made Worse by the Pandemic: The Ottawa Mission Serves an Astounding 5,762 Christmas Meals

    December 21, 2020

    Ottawa, ON – During this Christmas season, The Ottawa Mission served an astounding 5,762 meals to people across the city of Ottawa, the highest total of special holiday meals ever […]

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    Caivan contributes $150,000 for The Ottawa Mission through the “Building Tomorrow Together” initiative

    December 17, 2020

    Ottawa, ON – As a unique and challenging year for our community draws to a close, Ottawa’s Caivan Communities has some good news: through the Building Tomorrow Together initiative it […]

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    Dr. Tom and his team extend “the hands of kindness.”

    December 3, 2020

    A confident smile can light up any encounter, especially when we meet people for the first time, but poor dental health can inhibit one’s self confidence, impair proper digestion, and […]

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    I met an angel at IKEA

    December 3, 2020

    Recently, I met an angel named Tom, at IKEA of all places. I had purchased a box spring and was getting ready to place it in my car, when Tom […]

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    Mission meals so ‘mmm’ delicious

    December 3, 2020

    Chip wagons have long been a tradition of urban culture in Ottawa. There’s a new, one-of-its-kind food truck on the streets of the capital these days, and it specializes in […]

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    Trust is the number one goal

    December 3, 2020

    Peter Naylor is a direct engagement shelter-based case manager with the Housing Department of The Mission. ‘Direct’ means that Peter is a member of the team that is “engagement-focused with […]

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    Update on donation of clothing or other gift-in-kind items

    December 3, 2020

    Recently we’ve received questions as to why we’re not accepting donations of clothing or other gift-in-kind items. Unfortunately, these donations can’t be accepted under present circumstances due to the ongoing […]

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    Ottawa Mission Food Truck Experiences Explosive Growth In Response to Worsening Hunger in Ottawa due to Covid19

    November 24, 2020

    Ottawa, ON – As Covid19 continues to affect our community, The Ottawa Mission gathered with community partners and supporters to update the community on its new food truck initiative and […]

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    Help The Ottawa Mission Feed the Hungry this Christmas by Donating Frozen Turkeys

    November 19, 2020

    Ottawa, ON – As we head into the holiday session, planning is well underway for The Ottawa Mission’s annual Christmas Dinner, which will take place on Sunday, December 20th. Covid19 […]

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    The Ottawa Mission’s Letter regarding the City of Ottawa Budget 2021

    November 9, 2020

    November 2, 2020 Dear Members of City Council Re: City of Ottawa Budget 2021 In 2013, the City of Ottawa adopted its 10-year housing and homelessness plan. Unfortunately, over the […]

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    Covid19 worsens the finances, mental health and perceived risk of homelessness for people in Ottawa, with a majority supporting a Basic Income Program

    October 27, 2020

    Public opinion poll and shelter user data illustrate fine line between who is homeless and who is not Ottawa, ON – As Ottawa enters the second wave of the continuing […]

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    Helping Those in Need: The Ottawa Mission Serves 2946 Special Meals this Thanksgiving

    October 13, 2020

    Ottawa, ON – During The Ottawa Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner, which was held on October 12th, the shelter served 2946 meals. On any given day, the Ottawa Mission serves over […]

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    Why I work for The Mission: NIVES

    September 25, 2020

    Nives has worked at The Mission for three years, the past two as Coordinator for the Hope and Day Programs. “The Hope Program is a residential treatment program focused on […]

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    Why I partner with The Mission : YETTY

    September 25, 2020

    Yetty has worked as the Administrative Coordinator within The Mission’s Hospice for the past four years. She previously worked at the Health Clinic. Within the Hospice, she supports the nursing […]

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    Why we work for The Mission: ANDREW AND LEANDRO

    September 23, 2020

    Andrew and Leandro are one of two sets of brothers who are a part of The Mission family. Leandro joined in the summer of 2019 out of a desire to […]

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    The Ottawa Mission Marks One Million Hours of Service to Ottawa since 1906

    September 22, 2020

    Ottawa, ON – Today, representatives from The Ottawa Mission, Ottawa city council and the province marked the one millionth hours that the shelter has been in existence since its foundation […]

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    Why I turned to The Mission for help: MICHEL

    September 18, 2020

    Michel is a semi-retired senior who moved to Ottawa in 2019 from Quebec to be closer to his son. Prior to moving, he had no idea how difficult it would […]

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    Why I partner with The Mission: CYNTHIA

    September 18, 2020

    Cynthia is a Nurse Practitioner who has worked at The Mission’s health clinic since 2011, with a one year pause to obtain her PhD in Nursing. In addition to the […]

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    Why I work for The Mission: DYLAN

    September 18, 2020

    Dylan has had a lot of pain and hardship in his young life. But he has also accomplished more than he ever dreamed possible, and credits The Mission for supporting […]

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    Why I volunteer for The Mission: LAURIANNE

    September 18, 2020

    Laurianne has volunteered continuously at The Mission since 2006,except for two periods away. She works in the kitchen and the clothing room. During COVID-19, she worked five shifts a week. […]

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    Help The Ottawa Mission Feed the Hungry this Thanksgiving by Donating Frozen Turkeys

    September 18, 2020

    Ottawa, ON – As we head into the fall, planning is well underway for The Ottawa Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner, which will take place on Monday October 12th. Covid19 protocols […]

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    Doing Nothing Could Cost Plenty

    September 17, 2020

    It used to be all about protecting his family – making sure a guardian had been named and that there would be enough money to raise the children in the […]

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    Addressing Food Insecurity in Our Community

    September 2, 2020

    Ottawa Mission Launches Food Truck to Bring Healthy Food to Those in Need Throughout our Community Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Mission is partnering with the Pelican Seafood Market and […]

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    The Ottawa Mission Partners With GiveShop and Local Artist Erika Déruaz

    August 28, 2020

    The Ottawa Mission is pleased to announce its new partnership with GiveShop, an exciting Ottawa-based start-up whose mission it is to make it easy for Canadians to give to their […]

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    Giving Thanks For A New Country

    August 12, 2020

    Deng first came to Canada as a political refugee from Sudan in 2000, landing in Vancouver and making his way to Brooks, Alberta where he worked in a meat packing […]

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    Building Homes For Everyone Since 1958

    August 12, 2020

    Urbandale is a long-time fixture on the Ottawa map. The company began as a modest venture in 1958 when Herbert Nadolny and Lyon Sachs, two lifelong friends, bought Urbandale Realty […]

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    Building A Relationship Of Kindness

    August 12, 2020

    “Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.” Matthew 14:19 Greg Huyer and Scott Rufolo met in England […]

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    One Volunteer’s Marathon Of Hope

    August 12, 2020

    Volunteers keep The Ottawa Mission up and running. If there was a prize ribbon for volunteering, it would certainly be pinned on David Barker, who recently tallied up a streak […]

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    Dignity For One And All

    August 12, 2020

    It is a matter of human dignity that no person should have to face the end of life alone. The Ottawa Mission’s Diane Morrison Hospice was founded by our retired […]

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    A Pebble, A Pond, and Your Will

    August 11, 2020

    Have you ever dropped a pebble into a pond? When the stone hits the water, you will see ripple after ripple spreading out from the point of impact. Your will […]

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    Estate Donation Tax Credits – How Do They Work?

    August 11, 2020

    Your gift can be life-changing for Mission guests like Kerry Most people, regardless the amount of planning they do, will have some assets to disburse through their estate. However, when […]

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    Want to leave more for your heirs? Here are some simple tips

    August 11, 2020

    As you grow older, your estate can become more complex. You own more property. You have more assets. Because of this, when you pass away your estate could incur higher […]

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    Shirley and Reg Rochon – Lives of Gratitude

    August 11, 2020

    Gratitude. It’s been a watchword for Shirley Rochon all her life. It’s a reason she supports the Ottawa Mission with annual gifts. It’s also why she and her husband remembered […]

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    Caivan Communities and The Ottawa Mission join forces to fight homelessness.

    August 10, 2020

    Ottawa’s Caivan Communities and The Ottawa Mission have joined forces to build a better tomorrow for individuals experiencing homelessness in our city. Caivan recognizes that a home of one’s own […]

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    Caivan Communities and The Ottawa Mission join forces to fight homelessness

    June 29, 2020

    Now more than ever, it is important to reflect, to be thankful, and to work collectively for a better tomorrow. Our homes and neighbourhoods form part of a broader community […]

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    Ottawa Mission Board Statement on Anti-Black Racism

    June 25, 2020

    Here at the Ottawa Mission, “Our Vision is to become a collaborative leader and innovator in empowering those we serve in transitioning to wholeness,” and part of our core purpose […]

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    Looking Ahead With Hope

    June 9, 2020

    Here’s hoping that you and your family have been well, or as well as can be expected, during these unprecedented times. It is hard to believe that it was only […]

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    Always There When Needed

    June 8, 2020

    Rob is a father of two in his late fifties. His addiction was devastating to both his family life and his physical health. It began at a very early age […]

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    It’s A Beautiful Life

    June 8, 2020

    Paul arrived at the blue doors on Waller Street in February 2018, and like so many who’ve passed through them, he did so because they represented his last hope. When […]

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    Ottawa’s Emergency Shelters Strongly Support the #hotels2homes Day of Action Campaign

    April 28, 2020

    Joint Statement April 28, 2020 OTTAWA, ON – In January, Ottawa declared a homelessness emergency. Despite the city’s ten-year plan to end homelessness, homelessness has moved beyond a crisis to […]

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    Homeless organizations welcome new Covid19 self-isolation centre for people who are homeless

    March 24, 2020

    Ottawa, ON – Monday 23, 2020 – As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold in Ottawa, Ottawa Inner City Health, Ottawa’s emergency shelter providers and the City of Ottawa have […]

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    Important Updates – The Ottawa Mission services during the COVID-19 outbreak

    March 21, 2020

    As part of our efforts to continue to support the most vulnerable in our community while ensuring the safety and security of our clients, in the wake of CV19, we […]

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    Ottawa Mission COVID-19 Statement to the Community

    March 18, 2020

    As the COVID-19 situation unfolds in Ottawa, the Ottawa Mission is working closely with Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Inner City Health and our partner emergency shelters to ensure the health […]

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    Statement on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Ottawa Homeless Organizations

    March 13, 2020

    OTTAWA, ON – Friday, March 13, 2020 – As the COVID-19 situation unfolds in Ottawa, The Ottawa Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope, The Salvation Army, and Cornerstone Housing for Women […]

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    Statement on how homelessness affects our entire community in Ottawa

    February 7, 2020

    Further to the unanimous declaration of a housing emergency and crisis last week by Ottawa city council, homelessness in our community has gotten worse and given the urgency and magnitude […]

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    Charity Runs In The Family

    February 3, 2020

    Volunteers are the heartbeat of The Ottawa Mission. In fact, more than 250 volunteers come by The Mission each week to help with everything from meal preparation and serving to […]

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    NAV CANADA Walks in Coldest Night of the Year

    February 3, 2020

    NAV Canada is a company that works quietly behind the scenes to ensure the safe movement of aircraft at airports and in Canadian skies. It manages 3.3 million flights a […]

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    Focusing On A Home of One’s Own

    February 3, 2020

    The Ottawa Mission has come a long way since it began as a humble shelter for homeless men back in 1906. What started as a haven of warmth and food […]

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    A Legacy of Love and Devotion

    February 3, 2020

    Shirley is the type of person you just want to wrap your arms around and hug. A conversation with her is a cheery, delightful event, and her voice echoes a […]

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    The Food Services Training Program is About To Expand

    February 3, 2020

    The Ottawa Mission’s Food Services Training Program (FSTP) held a graduation event on December 19th in the dining room. It was a celebration of hard work, fortitude, and the determination […]

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    Homelessness and Health Service Providers come together to support homelessness emergency motion

    January 21, 2020

    MEDIA RELEASE January 21, 2020 Ottawa Mission releases Nanos Research national public opinion poll on homelessness that shows strong support for action by all levels of government Ottawa, ON – […]

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    Helping Those in Need this Christmas

    December 23, 2019

    Helping Those in Need this Christmas: The Ottawa Mission Serves Thousands in our Community During the Ottawa Mission’s annual Christmas dinner, which was held on December 22, the shelter served […]

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    Statement on motion to declare an emergency regarding homelessness in Ottawa

    December 12, 2019

    The Ottawa Mission strongly supports Councillor Catherine McKenney’s notice of motion brought forward to city council to declare an emergency regarding homelessness in Ottawa, and commends her for bringing this […]

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    Greggory is Home for the Holidays

    November 28, 2019

    Greggory stayed with us at The Ottawa Mission over last Christmas, and although no-one wants to spend the holiday season in a shelter, he was very grateful for all that […]

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    Dylan’s Inspirational Journey

    November 28, 2019

    At 26, Dylan has had a lot of pain and hardship in his life. But, in recent years, he has also accomplished more than he ever dreamed possible! And he […]

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    Paul Has the Gift of Hope this Christmas

    November 28, 2019

    Paul is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve. And, thanks to you, it’s a heart filled with hope as Christmas approaches. Paul is from Carleton Place where […]

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    Barry’s Stepping Stones to Success

    November 28, 2019

    We first told Barry’s story in 2017 when he came to us looking for help. After 14 years working as a window installer, the company closed its doors. Then he […]

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    Homelessness is the number one issue of concern as housing access worsens in Ottawa

    November 13, 2019

    With bitter temperatures and a colder than normal winter forecast, The Ottawa Mission is urging governments at all levels to work together to address the worsening situation concerning homelessness in […]

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    Why I work for The Mission: KRISTYN

    November 12, 2019

    For someone so young, Kristyn is a mission “old soul”. “I grew up at the Mission.” Joining the kitchen after high school, she has worked her way up from dishwasher […]

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    Why I volunteer for The Mission: LLOYD

    November 12, 2019

    Lloyd has been volunteering at The Mission for almost nine years. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday, and his surprise birthday party included family and friends, and members of his […]

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    Why I turned to The Mission for help: WILLIAM

    November 12, 2019

    William is a gentle, articulate man who is also an artist – but was never able to translate his passion into a career – until he enrolled in the FSTP. […]

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    Why I turned to The Mission for help: KERRY

    November 12, 2019

    2018 was the first time in years that Kerry had a place to call home at Christmas. Kerry had spent much of his time homeless — couch-surfing, sleeping in vehicles, […]

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    Why I turned to The Mission for help: COLIN

    November 12, 2019

    Colin suffers from addiction, and has been in and out of shelters for years. Last year, while staying at the Mission, he needed knee replacement surgery. After surgery, he returned […]

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    Federal Election Candidate Responses to Questionnaire on Homelessness

    October 20, 2019

    This questionnaire was sent to candidates in ridings in and surrounding Ottawa who had valid email addresses. The chart below summarizes the responses of all candidates that were sent in […]

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    The Ottawa Mission Serve Almost 3,000 Meals this Thanksgiving

    October 15, 2019

    Ottawa, ON – During The Ottawa Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner, which was held on October 14th, the shelter served 2,948 meals. On any given day, the Ottawa Mission serves over […]

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    Help The Ottawa Mission Feed the Hungry this Thanksgiving by Donating Frozen Turkeys

    September 23, 2019

    Ottawa, ON – As we head into the fall, planning is well underway for The Ottawa Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner, which will take place on Monday October 14th, from 11:30 […]

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    John’s Prayer of Thanksgiving

    August 23, 2019

    John has been coming to The Ottawa Mission for lunch every day for almost 20 years and is considered a member of our extended family. He has a very limited […]

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    Eric – A Proud and Hopeful New Canadian

    August 23, 2019

    Eric is a well-educated man, an entrepreneur, and a former professional soccer player who moved to Canada from Cameroon over a decade ago. He wanted to make a new life […]

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    Doug’s Gratitude Runs Deep

    August 23, 2019

    At The Mission’s 21-bed Diane Morrison Hospice, the first and largest facility of its kind in Canada, we provide 24-hour care for people who are homeless or street involved and […]

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    John Is All Geared Up – And Ready To Go!

    August 23, 2019

    John spent most of his life working in the construction industry, until things unravelled for him under the burden of addiction. He first stayed at The Ottawa Mission more than […]

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    Hit the field at the YPN Summer Kick Off on Aug. 24

    July 9, 2019

    We want you to join us on August 24th 2019 at Lansdowne Park for the YPN Summer Kick Off!  This fun event is being put on by The Ottawa Mission […]

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    The Ottawa Mission Increases Capacity for Health and Dental Care Through Its Expanded DYMON Health Clinic

    June 25, 2019

    The Health Needs of Ottawa’s Most Vulnerable Continues to Grow: The Ottawa Mission Increases Capacity for Health and Dental Care Through Its Expanded DYMON Health Clinic Ottawa, ON – Today, […]

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    Ottawa Mission job training program achieves 95% success rate in helping people achieve employment

    June 13, 2019

    Ottawa Mission job training program achieves 95% success rate in helping people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness achieve employment and independence Ottawa, ON – Today, 14 graduates […]

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    A Summer Bounty of Hope

    June 11, 2019

    The Ottawa Mission’s Chef Ric, who directs our food services programs, is often quoted as saying, “A person has to eat well to live well.”  At The Mission, this means […]

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    Albert’s inspiration

    June 5, 2019

    When Albert walked inside The Ottawa Mission and read the sign on the wall over the front door – our mission statement – he knew he had come to the […]

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    Shawn Is Home For The Summer!

    June 5, 2019

    Shawn remembers last summer’s heat wave very well.  He was staying at The Ottawa Mission at the time and considered himself lucky to have a place to stay.  But he […]

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    The Power Of Unconditional Acceptance

    June 5, 2019

    On March 5, 2019, a memorial service was held for Itee, a resident of The Ottawa Mission’s Hospice. The Hospice is a very special place where homeless men and women […]

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    Jaison’s Renewal

    June 5, 2019

    In Jaison’s own words, “Growing up was just filled with disappointments. I was in and out of children’s aid, detention centres and jail, all while learning addiction and crime.”  At […]

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    World Hunger Day 2019

    May 28, 2019

    May 28, 2019 On World Hunger Day, The Ottawa Mission Is Alarmed by the Increase in Community Hunger Numbers Ottawa, ON – On World Hunger Day, The Ottawa Mission is […]

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    Recognizing Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

    May 6, 2019

    May 6 – 13 is Mental Health Awareness Week in Canada. Last year, we profiled Robyn Henderson, a Social Worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) who has worked […]

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    Celebrating National Nurses Week at The Ottawa Mission

    May 6, 2019

    Imagine what life would be like if you had nowhere to go, no place to call home. That would be hard enough. But it’s even more difficult when you’re sick. […]

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    Helping Those in Need this Easter: The Ottawa Mission Serves Thousands in our Community

    April 23, 2019

    Ottawa, ON – During the Ottawa Mission’s annual Easter dinner, which was held on April 22, the shelter served 2,659 meals to those in need in our community. On a […]

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    Ottawa Mission celebrates National Volunteer Week

    April 8, 2019

    Ottawa, ON – During National Volunteer Week, The Ottawa Mission is delighted to celebrate the essential contributions of the many volunteers upon whom we rely to deliver our programs and […]

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    Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization 18th Festival Of Friendship Annual Dinner

    March 21, 2019

    The Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization cordially invites you and friends to the 18th Festival of Friendship Annual Dinner in support of The Ottawa Mission and Cornerstone Housing for Women. When: 5:30pm., Sunday, April […]

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    Loaves and Fishes Fund of Ottawa-Carleton Gala Fundraiser

    March 8, 2019

    The Loaves and Fishes Fund of Ottawa-Carleton is hosting their 19th Annual Gala to raise funds to assist our disadvantaged, underprivileged and homeless neighbours living within our community. They have […]

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    Hannah’s Story of Strength, Courage and Renewal

    March 4, 2019

    Hannah is 51 and, until now, has never had a job in her life. This was not her choice. To hear Hannah tell her story is to journey back with […]

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    Anne & Phil Nagy – Making a Difference All Year Round

    March 4, 2019

    Anne and Phil Nagy are retired, but certainly not idle. Every week they volunteer in the kitchen at The Ottawa Mission, helping to serve 1,312 meals a day to people […]

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    Colin’s Life-Changing Inspiration

    March 4, 2019

    Colin has learned that inspiration can sometimes come when you least expect it. Colin suffers from addiction, and has been in and out of the shelter system for many years. […]

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    Hope & Renewal for the Soul

    March 4, 2019

    Just inside the front door of The Ottawa Mission is a small office that has a huge impact on the lives of so many of our clients – our Chaplain’s […]

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    Ottawa Mission Raises $137,000 at Coldest Night of the Year

    March 1, 2019

    Ottawa, ON – On Saturday, February 23th, almost 400 supporters of and volunteers with The Ottawa Mission walked with thousands of others across Canada in ‘The Coldest Night of The […]

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    Helping Those in Need this Christmas

    December 19, 2018

    The Ottawa Mission Serves Thousands in our Community Ottawa, ON – During the Ottawa Mission’s annual Christmas dinner, which was held on December 16, the shelter served thousands of meals […]

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    Carole’s “Safe Place”

    December 7, 2018

    Nurse Practitioner Cynthia with Carole’s Poem Carole suffers from multiple health issues and is unable to work.  For many years, she did not have access to a family doctor and […]

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    Kit’s Perspective – “They Are Our Guests”

    December 7, 2018

    With more than 20 years of service under her “apron” Kit McKay is one of The Ottawa Mission’s most longstanding volunteers at our annual holiday dinners.  She has generously helped […]

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    Joe’s Christmas Gift of Hope

    December 7, 2018

    Joe – who is also featured on our newsletter’s cover – will be sharing Christmas dinner with us at The Ottawa Mission this year, as he has done for many […]

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    Kerry is Home for the Holidays

    December 7, 2018

    This will be the first time in many years that Kerry will have a place to call home at Christmas, and for him this is a dream come true.  His […]

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    Mary’s Gifts of Warmth and Generosity

    December 7, 2018

    Mary is a retired nurse who continues to demonstrate the spirits of caring and compassion that are the hallmarks of her former profession. For us at The Ottawa Mission, Mary’s […]

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    The Ottawa Mission Releases 2017-2018 Impact Report

    November 22, 2018

    On National Housing Day, Governments Must Do Better to Support Ottawa’s Homeless Population The Ottawa Mission Releases 2017-2018 Impact Report Will there come a time when programs have to be […]

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    Why I work for The Mission: Kathy

    October 5, 2018

    October 5 is World Teachers Day. Kathy is a certified teacher who has supported SSLC for almost five years. As she says, “It’s a small classroom with a big impact.” […]

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    Mental Illness Awareness Week: Why I work for the Mission

    October 5, 2018

    As we progress through Mental Health Awareness Week, The Ottawa Mission is proud to bring you our second instalment of stories concerning our amazing mental health, trauma and addiction program […]

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    “Winter is Coming”

    October 4, 2018

    Already at Overcapacity, The Ottawa Mission Fears the Approaching Cold Weather Shelter Urges Municipal Candidates to Commit to Funding Increases for Services to Those Who Are Homeless Ottawa, ON – […]

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    Mental Illness Awareness Week: Why I partner with the Mission

    October 4, 2018

    In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week, The Ottawa Mission brings you stories of our dedicated mental health, trauma and addiction program staff who work tirelessly with clients to help […]

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    People deserve a second chance…

    July 24, 2018

    My name is Michael Moffat and I’m a chef by trade. I’m currently a partner at a Thyme and Again Catering. I care because caring is the bases of existence. […]

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    Launching a second life is so exciting to watch!

    July 24, 2018

    I’m Sheila White and I’m the owner of Thyme and Again Creative Catering in the Ottawa area. We have been happy to have at least 9 or 10 graduates come […]

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    Food Services Training Program Students Positions Graduates for Success

    June 22, 2018

    Ottawa, ON – On June 21, 14 graduates of The Ottawa Mission’s Food Services Training Program (FSTP) received their diplomas. This program, which runs for five-months and includes both academic […]

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    Chad Comes “Full Circle”

    June 13, 2018

    When Chad first came through the doors of The Ottawa Mission over 6 years ago, he was, in his own words, “that guy on that street wearing the same clothes […]

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    Sammy’s Amazing Journey

    June 13, 2018

    Twelve years ago, 28 year-old Sammy was a newcomer to Canada seeking political asylum and a better life. He spoke very little English, and was struggling to find work. Sammy […]

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    TACKLING HOMELESSNESS

    May 1, 2018

    On April 27,2018  a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail by our Executive Director Peter Tilley was published in response to an article within that newspaper, which […]

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    In Praise of our Priceless Volunteers

    April 16, 2018

    April 15-21 marks National Volunteer Week – a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers, including some very special people we see every week at The Ottawa […]

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    Ottawa Mission to Serve More Than 2500 Easter Meals

    March 29, 2018

    MEDIA ADVISORY FOR MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2018 When: On Easter Monday, April 2nd from 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Ottawa Mission will serve more than 2500 meals to men, […]

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    Joint Statement

    March 5, 2018

    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 […]

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    THURAYA’S NEW LIFE IS UNDERWAY!

    February 13, 2018

    Thuraya and her family made the move to Ottawa from Jordan just over a year ago in search of a better life. Her first priority was to find a job, […]

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    CORY IS “FOREVER GRATEFUL”

    February 13, 2018

    Cory was just 15 years old when he began his long struggle with addiction. He’s 36 now, and after many attempts at rehab over the years, he finally feels like […]

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    PAUL’S LABOUR OF LOVE

    February 13, 2018

    Paul is a gentle person whose love of God, and his fellow human beings, shines through in all that he does. He is certified as both a Pastoral Care Worker […]

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    JEFF’S SAFE HAVEN

    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 […]

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    JOEL SEES LIFE THROUGH A NEW LENS

    February 13, 2018

    A welder by trade, Joel turned to The Ottawa Mission because he was unemployed, couldn’t find a job, and had nowhere to live. He has since been working with our […]

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    Mattamy Homes Signs on as a Lead Sponsor for Coldest Night of the Year

    January 25, 2018

    MEDIA RELEASE Thursday, January 25th, 2018 Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Mission is thrilled to announce Mattamy Homes as a Lead Sponsor for this year’s Coldest Night of the Year […]

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    The Ottawa Mission prepares for special Christmas Dinner

    December 14, 2017

    MEDIA RELEASE December 14, 2017 Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Mission helps hundreds of people who are struggling during the Christmas season. It hopes to make the holidays a little […]

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    PIERRE’S GIFT OF A SMILE

    December 4, 2017

    A few years ago, Pierre woke up on a park bench in the rain in Simcoe, Ontario. He was addicted, homeless and suicidal. His childhood was one marked by a […]

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    VOLUNTEER CORNER: HARVEY JUST KEEPS ON GIVING

    December 4, 2017

    At 75, Harvey Steinwald has done a lot of volunteer work. He feels fortunate in his life and wants to give back to his community. For many years, Harvey has […]

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    CHRIS’ GIFT OF A PLACE TO CALL HOME

    December 4, 2017

    Two extraordinary things happened to Chris this year that have given him a new lease on life. Chris has been homeless since he was 16. He is now 56. He […]

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    MONIQUE’S GIFT OF A BETTER FUTURE

    December 4, 2017

    Monique was working part time in the cafeteria at Algonquin College earlier this year, and having a difficult time making ends meet, when she unexpectedly received a special gift from […]

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    BARRY’S GIFT OF “THE EXTRA MILE”

    December 4, 2017

    It’s been a rough few years for 56 year-old Barry. He had a good job for 14 years as a window installer until the company closed its doors. And then […]

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    THE OTTAWA MISSION’S SPECIAL CHRISTMAS DINNER

    November 1, 2017

    Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Mission helps hundreds of people who are struggling during the Christmas season. We hope to make the holidays a little brighter with the annual Christmas […]

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    A SON’S INSPIRATION… A LIFE CHANGED

    August 28, 2017

    At 55, Chris is beginning a whole new life – one he could never have imagined even a year ago. Chris’s adulthood was marked by addiction and trouble with the […]

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    VOLUNTEER CORNER – A KIND AND GRATEFUL HEART

    August 28, 2017

    As she approached retirement after 40 years as a counsellor and social worker, Jean Wylie was looking for volunteer opportunities. Thankfully for us, she answered the call one day to […]

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    WENYIN – THE FACE OF INSPIRATION

    August 28, 2017

    When you meet Wenyin for the first time you are struck by his beaming smile and humble nature. And when you hear about his journey over the past year, you […]

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    GLEN IS GRATEFUL TO BE HOME

    August 28, 2017

    Glen has spent much of his adult life in and out of shelters across Canada, including The Ottawa Mission, struggling with addiction and trying to find a way to stabilize […]

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    GEORGE NAVIGATES TO A BETTER LIFE

    August 17, 2017

    On Canada’s 150th birthday, George celebrated one year of sobriety.  His journey to this milestone has been a long and winding one, but he’s thankful to you and The Ottawa […]

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    John Receives a gift of hope after 39 years!

    July 26, 2017

    As an Inuk boy growing up in Nunavut, John did not have the opportunity for a high school education. The only son in a family of three children, he was […]

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    Announcing The Ottawa Mission Foundation’s Young Professionals Network

    July 13, 2017

    There’s nothing better than being part of a team of like-minded people who are working together to achieve a goal. With that in mind The Ottawa Mission Foundation is excited […]

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    Happy Birthday Canada – And Thank You!

    June 27, 2017

    All across Canada – and especially in Ottawa – excitement is building for the official celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.  At The Ottawa Mission we are proud and thankful that […]

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    A special graduation at The Ottawa Mission

    June 16, 2017

    June is ‘graduation’ season for many families in the community and one of the highlights of our calendar this month is a special graduation celebration we hold for the men […]

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    Important Accreditation for The Ottawa Mission Foundation

    June 13, 2017

    MEDIA RELEASE June 13, 2017 Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Mission is pleased to announce that The Ottawa Mission Foundation has received accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standards Program.The Standards Program […]

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    Ottawa Mission Food Services Graduation

    June 9, 2017

    Join us for a special celebration on Thursday, June 22 @ 1:30 p.m. in The Ottawa Mission dining room as we recognize the hard work of the men and women […]

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    Caring businesses help employees give back

    June 9, 2017

    At The Ottawa Mission, people of all ages and backgrounds take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer and help people in need. Some people are fortunate to work […]

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    Hunger doesn’t take a Summer holiday

    May 31, 2017

    At The Ottawa Mission, Summer is a challenging time of year. The need to help people who are hungry and homeless remains high, but donations decrease dramatically. Even a donation […]

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    A Son’s Inspiration… A Life Changed

    May 15, 2017

    At 55, Chris is beginning a whole new life – one he could never have imagined even a year ago. Chris’s adulthood was marked by addiction and trouble with the […]

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    being prepared for the opioid crisis

    May 4, 2017

    We have all read the disturbing news recently about the dangerous drugs Fentanyl and Carfentanil being sold, sometimes unknowingly, as recreational drugs and costing people their lives. As Ottawa Police […]

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    The Ottawa Mission Medical Clinic Celebrates 10 years of service

    April 26, 2017

    A good number of people living in shelters or on the street don’t have a family doctor or access to a primary care provider. Before The Ottawa Mission opened its […]

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    The Ottawa Mission’s Speakers Series – You’re Invited

    April 5, 2017

    This spring, The Ottawa Mission has been bringing together people interested in the issue of homelessness to learn more about the life-changing services at our shelter, and around the community. […]

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    Lent at The Mission

    March 6, 2017

    Every weekday at 10:55 a.m. a general announcement is made over the intercom at The Ottawa Mission by our Chaplain, Greg Rodgers:  “Chapel service begins in five minutes.  Everyone is […]

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    Mark Graduates to a New Life

    February 16, 2017

    Mark recently celebrated four years of sobriety.  This alone is a major achievement for the 55 year old who struggled with addiction for many years.   But beyond this, in the […]

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    Making a career out of helping people

    January 17, 2017

    Case Manager Michael Toffelmire Discusses What Work is Like at The Ottawa Mission Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work for a nonprofit organization that’s working to help […]

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    William’s Transformation

    November 14, 2016

    William is reaching an important milestone just before Christmas this year.  On December 21 he will be 50.  While this is special on its own, there is so much more […]

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    William’s Transformation

    November 14, 2016

    William is reaching an important milestone just before Christmas this year.  On December 21 he will be 50.  While this is special on its own, there is so much more […]

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    Helping those who have served our country

    November 8, 2016

    We will mark Remembrance Day this week. This is a day to for all of us to pause and reflect upon the tremendous sacrifices made – both past and present […]

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    A Magical Halloween Season at The Ottawa Mission

    October 31, 2016

    Thanks to the great support of volunteers and donors, The Ottawa Mission is able to ensure that the people we help – who are often alone and feel forgotten – […]

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    Chad is forever thankful

    October 21, 2016

    Recently we received a note on our Facebook page from Chad, a former resident of our shelter who was marking a special anniversary.  It was four years to the day […]

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    Homelessness in Ottawa

    October 13, 2016

    An In-Depth Look at Homelessness in Canada’s Capital What causes an Ottawa individual or family to experience homelessness? It’s often the result of a number of factors; poverty, lack of […]

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    Frozen Turkey Donations Needed for The Ottawa Mission’s Thanksgiving Dinner

    September 22, 2016

    Ottawa, ON – Planning is underway for The Ottawa Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner, coming up Monday October 10th. This annual event provides a special holiday dinner for those who are homeless or […]

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    THE LONG WEEKEND

    June 30, 2016

    School is out, the weather is great, and the first long weekend of the summer is upon us. Many of us will be getting together to celebrate Canada Day with […]

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    A special Graduation at The Ottawa Mission

    June 16, 2016

    June is ‘graduation’ season for many families in the community and one of the highlights of the calendar this month  at The Ottawa Mission is a special graduation celebration we […]

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    Hunger doesn’t take a holiday

    June 1, 2016

    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 […]

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    Seeing is Believing

    May 26, 2016

    This past week we held a very special event at The Ottawa Mission and invited interested volunteers and donors to come for a visit to our shelter. We call this […]

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    A STEPPING STONE TO EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY

    May 19, 2016

    The Ottawa Mission`s Stepping Stones Learning Centre is a small room on the top floor of our Client Services Centre located next to the main shelter. It`s not a formal […]

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    Joel’s Hunger for a Good Life

    May 9, 2016

    Imagine a childhood marked by family instability, abuse and years in foster care. For Joel this was a sad reality. By the age of 16, when Joel took to the […]

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    GET LOUD for Mental Health Week

    April 28, 2016

    You’ll be hearing a lot about ‘GETTING LOUD’ in the next few days. Monday marks the start of Canadian Mental Health Week and the Canadian Mental Health Association – an […]

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    Addiction and Trauma Services

    April 26, 2016

    Addiction & Trauma Services at The Ottawa Mission supports men in their journey of recovery. Whether they want to stabilize their lives, attend residential treatment, or maintain abstinence in the […]

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    Client Services

    April 26, 2016

    Client Services Centre is a place where homeless, at risk and vulnerable men and women in the community can access the services and support they need to change their lives. […]

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    Leadercast shines the light on leadership and helping people in need

    April 20, 2016

    How do you define leadership? How does one become a better leader? These are questions that everyone asks at one time or another – whether in a professional or personal […]

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    Celebrating Milestones at The Mission

    April 14, 2016

    This past week at The Mission we celebrated the achievements of 47 men who have reached important milestones in their road to recovery from addiction. For Bill, it was recognition […]

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    In Praise of our Priceless Volunteers

    April 5, 2016

    Next week is National Volunteer Week – a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers, including some very special people we see every week at The Ottawa […]

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    Walking with Kevin on the road to recovery

    March 28, 2016

    Kevin’s life is in transition. For the past 4 months, he has been drug and alcohol free after battling addiction for many years. And now Kevin’s recovery journey is also […]

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    An Easter Celebration in the Making

    March 15, 2016

    Easter is almost here!  At The Ottawa Mission’s celebration on Monday, March 28 we expect to serve more than 2,500 meals to people who have nowhere else to go.  Our […]

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    Lent at The Mission

    March 9, 2016

    Every weekday at 10:55 a.m. a general announcement is made over the intercom at The Ottawa Mission by our Chaplain, Cosmas Ajawara: “Chapel service begins in five minutes. Everyone is […]

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    A special program for those who love to learn

    March 2, 2016

    The Ottawa Mission has been a partner in a very special program called Discovery University for several years now. DU allows people who are homeless or living on low incomes […]

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    Building on a Strong Foundation – Introducing Sean Wong

    February 25, 2016

    The Ottawa Mission depends on donations from people in the community so that vital services and life-changing programs are provided to people in need who walk through our doors looking […]

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    FROM THE OTTAWA MISSION FOUNDATION

    February 16, 2016

    SHELTER FROM THE STORM “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm…” Isaiah 25:4 The front door […]

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    VOLUNTEER CORNER

    February 16, 2016

    FOR “THE BOYS” Ross Munro is 83 years “young” and has been volunteering at The Ottawa Mission for 15 years. For most of that time, he worked side by side […]

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    YOUR KINDNESS

    February 16, 2016

    RELIEVED SAM’S PAIN Winter can feel like a long season regardless of where you live. But for those staying in a homeless shelter like ours, the winter can seem extra-long indeed. […]

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    YOUR KINDNESS

    February 16, 2016

    PUT JOHN IN THE PICTURE John is 52 years old and has lived in the Ottawa area all his life. He has always worked – for many years as a […]

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    YOUR KINDNESS HAS

    February 16, 2016

    GIVEN DAVID A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE David is an articulate and accomplished young man with a very busy life. Along with running his own small business, he has been […]

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    YOUR KINDNESS

    February 16, 2016

    HAS TAKEN LAMBROS HOME On September 2, 2015, Lambros moved into his own home – a small, clean, centrally located apartment. That may seem like a pretty routine part of […]

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    FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK

    February 16, 2016

    YOUR KINDNESS GIVES SHELTER FROM THE STORM If you live in Canada, you know how challenging it can be to get through the winter. It is not just physically challenging […]

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    Every Day is Family Day at The Mission

    February 15, 2016

    For many of the people who stay with us at The Ottawa Mission, or who come in for meals, family takes on a whole new meaning. John suffered for years […]

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    A Valentine’s Gift from the Heart

    February 9, 2016

    For many people Valentine’s Day includes planning a special meal for people we care about. The same is true at The Ottawa Mission. Every year, we work hard to make […]

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    John’s Long Journey Home

    January 28, 2016

    John is 52 years old and has lived in the Ottawa area all his life. He has always worked – for many years as a tire technician, and also in […]

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    Getting ready for the Coldest Night of the Year

    January 21, 2016

    Being homeless during the winter months is a tough go. Not only is it more difficult to get around for those looking for housing or jobs, but staying indoors in […]

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    David’s New Perspective

    January 11, 2016

    David is an articulate and accomplished young man with a very busy life. Along with running his own small business, he has been volunteering at several community agencies for years. […]

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    Weekly meals from El Furniture Warehouse

    January 11, 2016

    Since it opened its doors in the summer of 2015, El Furniture Warehouse on Clarence Street in the Byward Market has been reaching out to help people at The Ottawa […]

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    2016 is full of hope for Jason

    December 30, 2015

    Jason has made some big changes in his life over the past couple of years and says he’s very much looking forward to continuing his journey  in 2016. Not only […]

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    Christmas Cupcakes for Our Special Guests!

    December 17, 2015

    This year, for the sixth year in a row, The Ottawa Mission will be serving a special dessert as part of its annual Christmas Dinner on December 20. As is […]

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    Adam’s Gift to Others this Christmas

    December 11, 2015

     Adam’s early life was filled with hardship and tragedy. Throughout his childhood his parents suffered from addiction and Adam also fell into addiction in his early teens. By the time […]

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    FROM THE OTTAWA MISSION FOUNDATION

    December 7, 2015

    CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS Matthew 19:26 “ …with God all things are possible.” For so many of us, the Christmas season is filled with happiness as we spend time with our families […]

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    VOLUNTEER CORNER

    December 7, 2015

    THE MAGIC OF KINDNESS This year, for the sixth year in a row, The Ottawa Mission will be serving a special dessert as part of its annual Christmas Dinner on […]

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    ADAM IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

    December 7, 2015

    BECAUSE OF YOUR GIFT OF HOPE When we last wrote about Adam, we talked about his dream of pursuing opportunities in the community where he could help others who were […]

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    YOUR GIFT OF HOPE

    December 7, 2015

    IS GIVING JASON THE CONFIDENCE TO MOVE ON A simple act of kindness three years ago changed Jason’s life. He was drifting, troubled and homeless when a cab driver saw […]

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    YOUR GIFT OF HOPE

    December 7, 2015

    MADE MERY’S DREAM COME TRUE Mery moved to Canada from her native Peru ten years ago. While still living in Peru, she studied culinary arts, and always dreamed of making […]

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    YOUR GIFT OF HOPE

    December 7, 2015

    BRINGS COMFORT TO WAYNE   This past August, thanks to community donations and a generous corporate gift from TELUS, The Ottawa Mission was able to announce the expansion of its […]

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    FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK

    December 7, 2015

    YOUR GIFT OF HOPE MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE Hope can make a world of difference for someone staying in a shelter any day of the year – but especially during […]

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    Jim’s Special Christmas

    November 25, 2015

    At this time of year, staff and volunteers at The Ottawa Mission are busy preparing for Christmas – making sure that hungry, homeless and hurting people in our community will […]

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    We will remember

    November 11, 2015

    Today is Remembrance Day, and across Canada people will pause to reflect upon the tremendous sacrifices made – both past and present – to maintain our freedom and keep peace […]

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    This Mission IS Possible

    October 30, 2015

    The 5th annual TELUS Mission Possible: Half Marathon/Relay/ 5K is coming up in just a couple of weeks. This year it will be held Sunday November 15th and once again […]

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    On a Mission to make chefs

    October 26, 2015

    By Laura Robin, Ottawa Citizen October 22, 2015 [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Ottawa-Citizen-_-FSTP-at-Food-Wine-Oct.23-2015.pdf” target=”blank”]View Story[/button] Article Summary On a Mission to make chefs Laura Robin, Ottawa Citizen Published on: October 22, 2015 | […]

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    Spreading the Word

    October 21, 2015

    Each year The Ottawa Mission receives dozens of calls from students at the secondary and post-secondary levels wanting to learn more about what goes on at the shelter. Often this […]

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    Giving thanks on the journey

    October 14, 2015

    Our annual Thanksgiving Dinner may be over, but many are still feeling the spirit of the season and expressions of thankfulness and gratitude are all around. Here are some thoughts […]

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    Thanksgiving

    September 30, 2015

    A Feast of Kindness On October 12, The Ottawa Mission kitchen will be dishing out some delicious roast turkey – and all the Thanksgiving fixings – as part of our […]

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    Preparing for the season of Thanksgiving

    September 23, 2015

    The crisp air this week isn’t the only sign that Thanksgiving season is almost upon us.  The Ottawa Mission kitchen has also started the planning for our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. […]

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    FROM THE OTTAWA MISSION FOUNDATION

    September 1, 2015

    AS I RETIRE… Many of you will remember the moment when my wife Diane Morrison retired from the good work she had accomplished at The Ottawa Mission. Like my wife […]

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    FOR THE LOVE OF A SON & BROTHER

    September 1, 2015

    People who volunteer at The Ottawa Mission are motivated to do so for many reasons. For Lilly Priebe and her daughter, Kelsey Gutoskie, their motivation is deeply personal. Just over […]

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    FILOMENO FEELS AT HOME

    September 1, 2015

    Filomeno arrived in Canada as a refugee from Angola in April 2014. After several months, he still lacked the proper paperwork to enable him to seek employment, and his housing […]

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    BARRY IS GIVING BACK

    September 1, 2015

    Barry completed The Ottawa Mission’s LifeHouse addiction treatment program four years ago. During his time with us, he decided to focus not only on his recovery, but also on rebuilding […]

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    BRUCE BELIEVES IN HIMSELF

    September 1, 2015

    When Bruce arrived at The Ottawa Mission in 2014, at over six feet tall he weighed just 140 pounds. His addiction had taken control of his life, and he felt […]

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    EMILE ON HIS WAY

    September 1, 2015

    Emile had his own restaurant when he lived in his native Haiti. When he moved to Canada a few years ago, he was unable to find work in his chosen […]

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    FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK

    September 1, 2015

    As I pulled into my parking spot beside The Ottawa Mission a few weeks ago, I was greeted, as I often am, by a few gentlemen out front of the […]

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    The Ottawa Mission is helping Ron achieve his goal of an education

    August 31, 2015

    At 52, Ron is not a typical student. But for the first time in more than 30 years, he feels like he’s part of the ‘back to school’ crowd. This […]

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    Working together to help people in need

    August 25, 2015

    The Ottawa Mission couldn’t help as many people as it does without a lot of support from the community. That support comes in many forms – there are donors who […]

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    Ottawa Mission adds seven hospice beds for homeless

    August 24, 2015

    By Paula McCooey, Ottawa Citizen August 17th, 2015 [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Ottawa-Citizen_Hospice-Expansion-Aug-2015.pdf” target=”blank”]View Story[/button] Article Summary Ottawa Mission adds seven hospice beds for homeless Paula McCooey, Ottawa Citizen Published on: August 17, […]

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    Filomeno Comes Home

    July 28, 2015

    Filomeno arrived in Canada as a refugee from Angola in April 2014. After several months he still lacked the proper paperwork to enable him to seek employment, and his housing […]

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    Beating the summer heat

    July 13, 2015

    For people who are homeless, the heat of summer is equally as challenging as the cold of winter. That’s why our Front Line teams at The Ottawa Mission routinely patrol […]

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    Discovery U” celebrates 10 years

    July 6, 2015

    This week, The Ottawa Mission will hold a celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of a unique program that has touched a lot of lives. Discovery University allows people who […]

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    Small Steps… Giant Leaps

    June 23, 2015

    Among the many services offered at The Ottawa Mission, our Client Services Centre provides people with the opportunity to meet their educational goals or gain skills that will help them […]

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    Building confidence and careers

    June 15, 2015

    This has been a special month for the eight men and women in The Ottawa Mission’s Food Services Training Program who are wrapping up five-months of culinary training.

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    SUMMER AT THE MISSION

    June 2, 2015

    As the summer months approach, many of us are making plans for family trips, visits to the cottage, or “staycations”. For the people served by The Ottawa Mission, however, the […]

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    A Giving Community

    May 26, 2015

    At The Ottawa Mission, people of all ages and backgrounds take time out of their busy schedules to help people in need. Some are fortunate to work for companies and […]

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    Seeing is Believing

    May 14, 2015

    Yesterday was a very special day at The Ottawa Mission as we welcomed close to 60 volunteers and donors to a special open house event at the shelter. We called […]

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    Bruce’s Odyssey of Hope

    May 7, 2015

    When Bruce arrived at The Ottawa Mission in 2014, at six feet tall he weighed just 140 pounds. His addiction had taken control of his life, and he felt that […]

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    Gathering the facts around homelessness

    April 28, 2015

    The Ottawa Mission is fortunate to have several community partners that also help people who are homeless in our community. We are also a member of the Ottawa Alliance to […]

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    They Rebuilt Me

    April 27, 2015

    By Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News April 17th, 2015 [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/EMC_-LifeHouse-April-2015.pdf” target=”blank”]View Story[/button]

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    Ottawa Mission feeds the hungry on Easter

    April 27, 2015

    By Sebastien Burke, Orleans Star April 7th, 2015 [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Orleans-Star-Easter-Dinner-2015.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button] Article Summary Ottawa Mission feeds the hungry on Easter Published on April 07, 2015 By Sebastien Burke, Contributor It […]

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    A Special Bouquet for our Wonderful Volunteers

    April 13, 2015

    This week is National Volunteer Week – a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers. Here at The Ottawa Mission, we simply could not help as many […]

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    Taking it one day at a time

    April 7, 2015

    The Ottawa Mission’s addiction treatment services are able to meet men where they are at in their recovery. Some are just starting the journey; others may have many months of […]

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    Sharing the Blessings of Easter

    March 27, 2015

    Guest blogger – Chef Ric Watson, Ottawa Mission Manager of Food Services Easter is almost here, and at our celebration on Monday, April 6 we expect to serve more than […]

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    Lent at The Mission

    March 23, 2015

    Every weekday at 10:55 a.m. a general announcement is made over the intercom at The Ottawa Mission by our Chaplain, Cosmas Ajawara: “Chapel service begins in five minutes. Everyone is […]

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    One Thin Dime

    March 10, 2015

    Guest blogger: Ottawa Mission Executive Director Peter Tilley Every day at The Ottawa Mission we see people who are hungry, homeless and hurting. Although everything we do in our work […]

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    A Chance to Pay it Forward

    February 23, 2015

    Dwight has been in and out of shelters for many years. He often managed to hold down a job but spent a lot of his earnings on his growing addiction. […]

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    A Warm Response to a Cold Winter Event

    February 18, 2015

    This winter has been bitterly cold and long for everyone in Ottawa – but doubly so for people staying in shelters. Not only is it more difficult for those looking […]

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    Showing the Love on Valentine’s Day

    February 11, 2015

    For many people Valentine’s Day includes planning a celebratory meal. The same is true at The Ottawa Mission. Every year, we work hard to make sure that those who are […]

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    A healing partnership

    February 5, 2015

    Many men seeking help with their addictions at The Ottawa Mission have dealt with past trauma in their lives, specifically physical or sexual abuse. No one will ever know for […]

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    The Mental Health Conversation

    January 28, 2015

    This week across Canada the spotlight is being shone on the issue of mental illness through Bell Canada’s “Let’s Talk” campaign. At The Ottawa Mission, we can certainly relate to […]

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    Learning through Discovery University

    January 22, 2015

    Access to education is a right that many of us take for granted.  At The Ottawa Mission, we meet many people who have had to cut their formal education short […]

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    Transitioning to a New Life

    January 16, 2015

    For people who have successfully completed The Ottawa Mission’s 5-month LifeHouse addiction treatment program, what happens next can be equally important to their ongoing recovery. Some men have a home […]

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    Uninvited

    January 8, 2015

    Guest Blogger – Rev. Laird Eddy, Executive Director, The Ottawa Mission Foundation At some time in our lives we have all known what it feels like to be left out.  […]

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    A New Year, a New Life for Gisele

    December 31, 2014

    This past year has been rough for Gisele, her husband and their two children as circumstances forced them to turn to social services for help. But she was determined to […]

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    A New Year, a New Life for Gisele

    December 31, 2014

    This past year has been rough for Gisele, her husband and their two children as circumstances forced them to turn to social services for help. But she was determined to […]

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    Dr. Tom Harle & Ottawa’s Dental Community

    December 30, 2014

    Dr.Tom Harle has been a dentist in Ottawa for many years and along with his private practise he has also committed a considerable amount of his professional life to voluntarily […]

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    Christmas at The Mission

    December 22, 2014

    No one chooses to be staying at a shelter at Christmas time. But for many there is nowhere else to go and, for them, this can be a particularly lonely […]

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    Cupcakes 4 Christmas

    December 15, 2014

    For the fifth year in a row, The Ottawa Mission served a special dessert as part of its annual Christmas Dinner for the homeless and hungry this past weekend. As […]

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    If you are looking for Christmas Spirit, you’ll find it here!

    December 4, 2014

    Guest blogger – Chef Ric Watson, Manager of Food Services at The Ottawa Mission Christmas is around the corner and at our annual community dinner planned for Sunday, December 14th, […]

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    International Chef’s Day

    December 3, 2014

    On October 20, Chefs from around the city come into The Ottawa Mission kitchen to take part in an event to mark International Chef’s Day. They hold short workshops for […]

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    Your generosity brings the Christmas season alive

    November 27, 2014

    The Christmas season always comes alive very early at The Ottawa Mission. Already we are seeing generous people coming in with donations of all types – winter clothing, sandwiches and […]

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    Breaking down the barriers to recovery

    November 21, 2014

    Helping men through the journey of addiction recovery is very rewarding but often challenging.  The majority of those who come to The Ottawa Mission for help with addictions have experienced […]

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    Soldiers Helping Soldiers

    November 14, 2014

    ‘Soldiers Helping Soldiers’ is a volunteer group of serving military personnel which seeks to connect veterans who are homeless or ‘at risk’ of being homeless with the services and benefits […]

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    A Day in the Life of The Ottawa Mission Chaplain

    November 12, 2014

    Just steps away from the front door of The Ottawa Mission, you will find a small office with a sign reading “Chaplain”. For the last 4 months Cosmas Ajawara has […]

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    Remembrance Day reflections

    November 5, 2014

    We will mark another Remembrance Day this month. A day to reflect and remember the tremendous sacrifices people have made – and continue to make – to maintain our freedom […]

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    Ottawa shelters keeping the homeless warm during city’s deep freeze

    November 5, 2014

    By Trevor Greenway, Metro News January 5th, 2015 [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Metro_-Cold-weather-Jan-2015.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    The Ottawa Mission prepares for Thanksgiving dinner

    November 5, 2014

    By Danielle Bell Ottawa Sun October 11th, 2014 [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Ottawa-Sun-_Thanksgiving-2014.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button] Article Summary The Ottawa Mission prepares for Thanksgiving dinner by Danielle Bell, Ottawa Sun First posted: Saturday, October […]

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    Response to ongoing police investigation

    October 23, 2014

    [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Media-Release-_-ongoing-OPS-investigation.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]  

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    This Mission Is More Than Possible

    October 15, 2014

    The 4th annual TELUS Mission Possible: Half Marathon and 5K event is coming up in a few short weeks. This year it will be held Saturday November 8th and once […]

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    We Couldn’t Do It Without You

    October 9, 2014

    In just a few short days, The Ottawa Mission kitchen will be dishing out some delicious roast turkey – and all the Thanksgiving fixings – as part of our Annual […]

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    Working Together to Stay Healthy

    October 2, 2014

    The Primary Health Care Clinic at The Ottawa Mission is a very busy place. On any given day, the two Nurse Practitioners in the clinic will see an average of […]

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    Preparing a special Thanksgiving Dinner for a few hundred

    September 15, 2014

    The crisp air and changing leaves this week aren’t the only signs that Thanksgiving season is almost upon us.  The Ottawa Mission kitchen has also started the planning for our […]

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    Getting Life Back on Track

    September 5, 2014

    Bill will never forget December 14, 2013. That’s the day he walked through the door at The Ottawa Mission – something he never imagined he would have to do. Bill […]

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    Dan’s Ready to Give Back

    August 29, 2014

    Dan struggled with addiction from a young age and, as a result, he often found himself in trouble with the law.  A year ago, determined to make a fresh start, […]

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    The Priceless Gifts of Knowledge and Experience

    August 25, 2014

    A retired schoolteacher, Steve Bradley spends hours every week volunteering at The Ottawa Mission. He helps us in so many ways – sorting clothing donations, preparing and serving meals, and […]

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    Stabilization offers help and hope for men in recovery

    August 14, 2014

    The Ottawa Mission offers a unique program to men in our community dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. The Stabilization program has 13 beds in a separate corner of our […]

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    Death of Sparky

    August 12, 2014

    By Kelly Egan Ottawa Citizen August 1, 2014 [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Ottawa-Citizen_-Death-of-Sparky-July-2014.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button] Article Summary Sparky’s life without rules: street was home, hurt. Street was death By Kelly Egan Published on: […]

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    A local garden that helps feed the hungry

    August 6, 2014

    Just off Highway 174 in Orléans, a group of dedicated Ottawa residents have taken a grassy chunk of land and transformed it into a beautiful garden that plays a very […]

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    Discovering Hope at “Discovery U”

    July 29, 2014

    Even though we are only part way through summer, university students are already setting their sights on the fall semester – and many people served by The Ottawa Mission are […]

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    Doug has found a new ‘view’ on life

    July 18, 2014

    Doug came to The Ottawa Mission about 6 months ago to seek help with his addiction. He started with our Day Program and then asked for a bed in the […]

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    Beating the Heat

    July 10, 2014

    For people who are homeless, the heat of summer is equally as challenging as the cold of winter. That’s why staff from The Ottawa Mission routinely patrol the streets around […]

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    Hunger Doesn’t Take a Holiday

    June 26, 2014

    At The Ottawa Mission, summer is a challenging time of year. Donations are much lower than at any other time of year, but the shelter is still filled to capacity […]

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    Brain Injury a Hidden Factor in Homelessness

    June 18, 2014

    By Angelina Chapin Ottawa Citizen May 30, 2014 [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Ottawa-Citizen_-Brain-injury-a-hidden-factor-in-homelessness-May-2014.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button] Article Summary Brain injury a hidden factor in homelessness By:Angelina Chapin Published on: May 30, 2014Last Updated: May […]

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    Kathy Cillis

    June 18, 2014

    Kathy Cillis Education Lead Kathy Cillis has a diverse teaching background as demonstrated by the wide variety of classrooms she has had the privilege of teaching in, filled with students […]

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    Helping the Homeless Smile

    June 17, 2014

    Health researchers now know that people who live in homeless shelters or on the streets long-term have comparable life expectancies to people in developing countries. One of the issues that […]

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    Ottawa Shelters Struggle with Cold Snap

    June 17, 2014

    By Lucy Scholey Metro January 2, 2014 [button link=”wp-content/uploads/2014/06/January-2.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]  

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    Sigma Chi Fraternity’s Annual Fundraiser for The Ottawa Mission

    June 6, 2014

    Members of Lambda Theta chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Ottawa held the annual “Homeless for the Homeless” event in support of The Ottawa Mission in […]

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    TELUS Day of Giving

    June 6, 2014

    The TELUS Day of Giving was an amazing event at The Mission on May 30, 2015. Dozens of TELUS employees came into The Ottawa Mission to volunteer for the company’s […]

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    Small Steps… Giant Leaps

    June 5, 2014

    There was a special ceremony at The Ottawa Mission recently honoring 30 men who have reached significant milestones in their personal journeys towards recovery from addiction. Some had attended our […]

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    First annual Food Services Training Program Gala Evening

    May 30, 2014

    The Ottawa Mission’s Food Services Training Program is marking its tenth anniversary this year. The 5 month program helps men and women on social services get job skills by working alongside our […]

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    Seeing is Believing

    May 22, 2014

    Yesterday was a very special day at The Ottawa Mission as we welcomed close to 70 volunteers and donors to a special open house event at the shelter. We called […]

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    Barry’s marathon run is dedicated to The Ottawa Mission

    May 15, 2014

    Barry arrived in Ottawa in the summer of 2011 looking for help with his drug addiction. He literally left everything behind in his hometown of Sudbury and didn’t know what […]

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    A Mother’s Love

    May 8, 2014

    Many of the people we see every day at The Ottawa Mission are struggling with addiction. They are also living with tremendous guilt and shame because their behaviour has hurt […]

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    Without Hunger, There’s Hope

    May 1, 2014

    In Ottawa, hunger has many faces. At The Ottawa Mission we serve more than 1295 meals every day. The faces of hunger we see include individuals and families who cannot […]

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    Finding a Stepping Stone to Education and Community

    April 25, 2014

     The Ottawa Mission’s Stepping Stones Learning Centre is a small room on the top floor of our Client Services centre located next to the main shelter.  It’s not a formal […]

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    Sharing the Blessings of Easter

    April 17, 2014

    Guest blogger – Chef Ric Watson, Head Chef, The Ottawa Mission Easter is almost here, and at our celebration on Monday, April 21 we expect to serve more than 2700 […]

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    The Journey to Wellness – Inside and Out

    April 10, 2014

    The return of warmer temperatures and non-slippery sidewalks has a lot of people getting outdoors for some exercise. For men taking part in The Ottawa Mission’s addiction treatment programs, much […]

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    In Praise of Our Priceless Volunteers

    April 2, 2014

    Next week is National Volunteer Week – a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers. Here at The Ottawa Mission, we simply could not help as many […]

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    Finding Help When You Need It Most

    March 26, 2014

    Some of us are blessed to have a network of family and friends to support us through tough times. Others, like John, do not have people to lean on – […]

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    Ben’s New Career is Cooking!

    March 20, 2014

    Last year, Ben was a young man who wasn’t sure what the future held. At the age of 21, he was working as a dishwasher, but a serious hearing loss […]

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    Hope and help come in many forms

    March 14, 2014

    No one will argue that this has been a very cold and very long winter in Ottawa. For people staying at The Ottawa Mission, spring’s arrival in a few days […]

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    A Family Legacy of Hope

    March 6, 2014

    Everyone that comes into The Ottawa Mission looking for help has their own reason for doing so. What’s interesting is that the same can be said for everyone who donates […]

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    Phil’s journey has led him to a place of giving back

    February 27, 2014

    It’s been three years since Phil arrived in Ottawa from Sudbury – and what a journey it’s been. Many years ago he had suffered a workplace injury that led to […]

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    Putting health first at The Ottawa Mission

    February 18, 2014

    Winter in Canada can feel long regardless of where you live. But for those staying in a homeless shelter like The Ottawa Mission, the winter can seem extra-long indeed. On top […]

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    A Special Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

    February 10, 2014

    There are many definitions and examples of love to be found in our world today, besides the romantic love that many people will celebrate on Valentine’s Day this month.  We […]

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    Wouldn’t You Like to Say “M.Y. Money Works”?

    January 27, 2014

    Everyone needs advice on managing their finances at some point in their life. For those living on low incomes, these challenges can be especially overwhelming. That’s why The Ottawa Mission, […]

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    Legal assistance of a different kind

    January 21, 2014

    Once a month, people coming into The Ottawa Mission for a meal are treated to a wonderful dinner provided by a special organization. ‘Lawyers Feed the Hungry’ will mark its […]

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    A Gift of Skating

    January 15, 2014

    At this time of year, so many Ottawa natives and tourists alike share the enjoyment of skating on the world’s longest skating rink.  It’s a simple, inexpensive pleasure and almost […]

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    Cupcakes 4 Christmas are part of The Ottawa Mission’s Christmas Dinner

    January 7, 2014

    A special part of The Ottawa Mission’s annual Christmas Dinner event for the last few years has been the dessert – a beautifully decorated cupcake beside each plate of delicious […]

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    Mattamy Homes Annual Hockey Tournament

    January 7, 2014

    Mattamy Homes held its 6th annual hockey tournament in support of The Ottawa Mission in December 2015. The event at Bell Sensplex raised funds to support people in need at […]

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    Warm hearts to start the New Year

    January 2, 2014

    2014 has been ushered into Ottawa by Mother Nature’s bone-chilling weather. This extreme cold makes life more difficult for the men staying at The Ottawa Mission’s emergency shelter. The limited […]

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    The Graham’s Family Christmas

    December 23, 2013

    Adam and Amy Graham were 10 and 9 years old respectively when Christmas day took on a whole new meaning.  They woke their parents, Tracey and Ron, and everyone trooped […]

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    Christmas blessings of Comfort, Hope and Peace

    December 18, 2013

    I’ve been at The Ottawa Mission for just over six months now, so this will be my first time experiencing Christmas at the shelter.  Even so, as I reflect upon […]

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    Christmas at The Mission

    December 12, 2013

    A homeless shelter is a place where no-one would choose to spend the Christmas season, but for 235 men who need to sleep in our beds every night, that is […]

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    Dave’s Second Chance

    December 3, 2013

    Dave’s life of addiction began when he was barely a teenager. Over time he lost everything – his parents, his children, and any hope for the future. It was only […]

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    An Education in Giving Back

    November 26, 2013

    At The Ottawa Mission, we’re fortunate to have the support of some truly wonderful people in the community.  Some donate every month or hold special fundraising events in the community […]

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    TELUS Mission Possible Half Marathon / 5K / Relay

    November 18, 2013

    The 5th Annual TELUS Mission Possible Half Marathon, 5K & Relay event was a smashing success! Almost 300 people took part on Sunday, November 15th and almost $12,000 was raised […]

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    André’s Christmas Wish

    November 15, 2013

    André arrived in Ottawa from the U.S. in 2012 alone, with no place to live, and without the right paperwork to allow him to work even though he was a […]

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    We Remember

    November 11, 2013

    Today marks Remembrance Day, and across Canada people will be pausing to reflect and to remember the tremendous sacrifices made – both past and present – to maintain our freedom […]

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    Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It…

    November 4, 2013

    The third annual TELUS Mission Possible: Half Marathon and 5K event will be held this Sunday November 10th at the Marshes Golf Course in Kanata. It’s an incredible show of community […]

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    The Diane Morrison Hospice – One Patient’s Story

    October 29, 2013

    Thomas is 56 years old and in palliative care at the Diane Morrison Hospice at The Ottawa Mission. He was living alone in a subsidized apartment in Ottawa when he […]

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    An Incredible Thanksgiving Mission

    October 21, 2013

    Brian Lafleur and Julia Shillolo say they have a lot to be thankful for. As avid runners and hikers, they are healthy, happily married and have wonderful friends and family […]

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    Orléans Community Garden helps feed the hungry at The Ottawa Mission

    October 17, 2013

    It was a bountiful harvest at the Orléans Community Garden this year. Those tending to garden plots at the community garden at the corner of St.Jospeh Blvd and 10th Line […]

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    Thanksgiving Blessings

    October 15, 2013

    Guest Blogger:  Chef Ric Watson  As the Manager of Food Services and Head Chef at The Ottawa Mission for more than 10 years, I have experienced many Thanksgivings here.  It […]

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    Cycling in the Name of Hope

    October 7, 2013

    Ride for Refuge is an annual bike-a-thon that supports more than 175 charities serving homeless and vulnerable people across Canada and the U.S. This year’s event in Ottawa took place […]

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    At The Ottawa Mission – We Got Ginch!

    October 1, 2013

    For the fifth year running a uniquely decorated RV pulled up outside The Ottawa Mission on Daly Street this morning to make a special delivery – of men’s underwear. And […]

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    Preparing to serve hundreds a special Thanksgiving Dinner

    September 24, 2013

    The Thanksgiving season is upon us and planning is already underway for The Ottawa Mission’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Although The Mission kitchen serves an average of 1250 meals every day […]

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    Mission ‘Kitchen’ Possible

    September 12, 2013

    Everyone else’s routine has returned to normal this month – and this is also the case for The Ottawa Mission’s kitchen. But it was anything but ‘a holiday’ over the […]

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    Sophia & Adam – Champions of Hope

    September 4, 2013

    The Ottawa Mission would like to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude all of our donors for their kind and generous support over the years.  We simply would […]

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    Jack Gets Back On Track

    August 21, 2013

    At The Ottawa Mission many different people from many different circumstances walk through our door every day desperate for help and seeking shelter. Many stay with us for only a […]

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    Ottawa Mission moves kitchen to trailer during renovations

    August 10, 2013

    By Natascia Lypny, OTTAWA CITIZEN August 6, 2013 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Ottawa-Citizen_Kitchen-Reno-August-2013.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button] Article Summary Ottawa Mission moves kitchen to trailer during renovations By Natascia Lypny, OTTAWA CITIZEN August 6, 2013 […]

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    The Ottawa Mission names a new Executive Director

    August 9, 2013

    By Meghan Hurley Ottawa Citizen May 01, 2013 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Citizen_-OM-names-Peter-Tilley-as-new-Executive-Director-_May-1-2013.pdf ” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button] Article Summary Ottawa Mission names Peter Tilley as new Executive Director By Meghan Hurley, OTTAWA CITIZEN May […]

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    An Impressive First Impression

    July 9, 2013

    Last week marked my first month in my new role as Executive Director of The Ottawa Mission.  To say this has been a remarkable month for me would be a […]

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    Helping others find their strong suit

    June 25, 2013

    Imagine going into a job interview wearing the same everyday clothes you’ve worn for several weeks in the summer heat.  Imagine how the interviewers might look at you, and how […]

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    Graduation Day

    May 28, 2013

    June means graduation day for many students in schools, colleges and universities across our city.  It is a time filled with pride, laughter, tears and hope for the future. At […]

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    Stepping Stones Learning Centre

    May 14, 2013

    A unique learning centre where adult men and women are welcome and supported throughout each step they take towards improving their education. [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/SSLC-Brochure-May-2014.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF Brochure[/button]

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    Food Services Training Program

    May 14, 2013

    The Ottawa Mission’s Food Services Training Program provides men and women with the opportunity to learn the skills required to work in a commercial kitchen. [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/FSTP-Brochure-Generic-April-2014.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF Brochure[/button]

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    Up And Running

    May 14, 2013

    Late last month hundreds of local runners showed their support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings  by walking as a group from Parliament Hill to the U.S. Embassy […]

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    Finding Work… and Hope

    April 29, 2013

    Most of the people who come to The Ottawa Mission have no desire to spend time at a homeless shelter.  They are just like you and me – they have […]

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    Winter 2013 Newsletter

    April 25, 2013

    [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/The-Ottawa-Mission-Winter-2013.pdf” target=”blank”]English PDF[/button]  [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/La-Mission-DOttawa-Hiver-2013.pdf” target=”blank”]French PDF[/button]

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    Christmas 2012 Newsletter

    April 23, 2013

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    Volunteers give more than their time

    April 22, 2013

    This week we honour a group of people who help The Ottawa Mission in so many ways. Those people are volunteers. Each month, close to 250 people give the gift […]

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    A Helping Hand in Times of Need

    April 2, 2013

    Many different types of people walk through the doors of The Ottawa Mission every day.  Some need medical help or addiction treatment.  Others are facing day to day challenges that […]

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    Good food, good company, good spirit as Ottawa Mission opens its doors for Easter meal

    April 1, 2013

    By John Stoesser, Ottawa Citizen April 1, 2013 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Ottawa-Citizen_Mission-Easter-Dinner-2013.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button] Article Summary Good food, good company, good spirit as Ottawa Mission opens its doors for Easter meal By […]

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    Easter – a time for hope and renewal.

    March 25, 2013

    Close to 2800 meals are expected to be served at Easter dinner at The Ottawa Mission on Easter Monday, April 1.  The people who come in for those meals will […]

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    Hockey Helps the Homeless hits the ice

    March 7, 2013

    >By Blair Edwards, EMC  March 7, 2013 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/EMC_-Hockey-Helps-the-Homeless-hits-the-ice_Mar-2013.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button] Article Summary Hockey Helps the Homeless hits the ice, Charity tournament raises more than $100,000 for city’s most vulnerable […]

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    When Helping Brings Hope

    February 25, 2013

    Bhavesh has been volunteering at The Ottawa Mission every week for the past two years. He recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Criminology and hopes […]

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    Another Face of The Ottawa Mission

    February 5, 2013

    We often try to highlight the struggles of people who come to The Ottawa Mission because they are homeless, or suffering from addiction.  There is another group of people who […]

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    Gordon’s project at the SSLC

    January 24, 2013

    Gordon is a young man who has struggled with depression and mental illness most of his life.  For the past few years, he has travelled back and forth from his […]

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    How one man discovered the art of ascending from depression

    January 18, 2013

    By Kelly Egan, The Ottawa Citizen January 18, 2013 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Citizen_-How-one-man-discovered-the-art-of-ascending-from-depression-Jan-2013.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button] Article Summary How one man discovered the art of ascending from depression By Kelly Egan, The Ottawa […]

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    Farewell to Diane Morrison, long-time Executive Director

    January 15, 2013

    On Friday, January 11, Ottawa Mission staff, residents and volunteers wished a fond farewell to long-time Executive Director, Diane Morrison.  Diane started out as a volunteer here at The Ottawa […]

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    Mission Chief to Retire

    January 9, 2013

    By Adrienne Ascah, QMI Agency January 09, 2013 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Ottawa-Sun-Mission-chief-to-retire-Jan_2013.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Mission bids farewell to woman who ‘knew they could do better’

    January 8, 2013

    By Kelly Egan, Ottawa Citizen January 08, 2013 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Ottawa-Citizen-Diane-Retirement-Jan_2013.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    A New Journey for The Ottawa Mission

    January 7, 2013

    2013 will be the beginning of a new journey for The Ottawa Mission – and for me. Last fall, at The Mission’s Annual General meeting, I announced that I would […]

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    When Shelter is Not Enough

    January 3, 2013

    There are many reasons people walk through the front door of The Ottawa Mission. In the majority of cases, a homeless shelter is usually the last resort for someone in […]

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    My First Christmas at The Mission

    December 24, 2012

    It was Christmas 1991, and in a homeless shelter a woman staff member was preparing for the holiday.  She was trying to find ways to make Christmas festive for the […]

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    A graduate rebuilds his pride, his life, his relationships

    December 14, 2012

    By Kelly Egan, Ottawa Citizen December 14, 2012 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Citizen_-A-graduate-rebuilds-his-pride-Dec-2012.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Holidays at The Mission

    December 6, 2012

    The Christmas season always comes alive very early at The Ottawa Mission. For the past few weeks, I’ve been seeing all types of people coming in with donations of money, […]

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    Watson Honours 15 with Inaugural Order of Ottawa

    November 15, 2012

    By Tony Lofaro, The Ottawa Citizen November 15, 2012 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/City-honours-15-with-inaugural-Order-of-Ottawa-_Nov12.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Hope Comes In Many Forms

    October 16, 2012

    If someone had told me as a young adult that I was going to grow up and oversee a large urban homeless shelter for more than 20 years, I definitely […]

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    Ottawa Mission Serves Up Thanksgiving Dinners

    October 8, 2012

    By Darren Brown, Ottawa Sun October 08, 2012 5:25 PM [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Ottawa-Mission-serves-up-Thanksgiving-dinners_Oct-2012.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Thanksgiving 2012 Newsletter

    October 2, 2012

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    Health Services

    June 12, 2012

    Many homeless men and women suffer from illnesses that go undiagnosed and untreated. Their physical symptoms can be complicated by addiction and mental health issues making it difficult to access […]

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    Mission Fills Easter Plates

    April 9, 2012

    By Danielle Sachs, Ottawa Sun April 09, 2012 6:21 PM [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Mission-fills-Easter-plates_Apr09.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    At Age 63, John Leclair is Graduating from High School

    April 4, 2012

    By Kelly Egan, The Ottawa Citizen April 4, 2012 7:42 AM [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Ottawa-Citizen-Stepping-Stones-Apr.5_2012.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Ottawa Gets an A for Efforts to House the Homeless But Low Marks for Affordability, Wait Times

    April 3, 2012

    By Louisa Taylor, The Ottawa Citizen April 3, 2012 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Ottawa-Citizen-ATEH-Report-Card-Apr4_2012.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Housing the Homeless in Shelters Needs a Rethink

    February 3, 2012

    By Kelly Egan, The Ottawa Citizen February 03, 2012 7:10 PM [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Citizen-Housing-the-homeless-in-shelters-needs-a-rethink-Feb02_12.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    February 2012 Newsletter

    February 1, 2012

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    Helping the desperate not always a clear path

    January 12, 2012

    By Kelly Egan, The Ottawa Citizen January 11, 2012 8:09 AM [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/2012.jan_.12.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Frostbite warning put shelters on alert

    January 4, 2012

    By Zev Singer, Ottawa Citizen With Files From Mark Brownlee January 4, 2012 7:28 AM [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2012.jan_.4.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Christmas 2011 Newsletter

    December 25, 2011

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    Spirit, hard work and generosity delivered by group of talented Bantams

    December 23, 2011

    Louisa Taylor, The Ottawa Citizen Published: Friday, December 23, 2011 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/2011.dec_.23.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Ottawa Mission serves hundreds their Christmas ‘family’ meal

    December 20, 2011

    By Mark Brownlee, The Ottawa Citizen December 20, 2011 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2011.dec_.20.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Recovering addict trades crack binges for marathons

    November 20, 2011

    By Kelly Egan, The Ottawa Citizen, November 20, 2011 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2011.nov_.20.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Thanksgiving 2011 Newsletter

    October 12, 2011

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    Mission welcomes 2,500 for Thanksgiving Dinner

    October 11, 2011

    By Carolyn Thompson, The Ottawa Citizen October 11, 2011 [button link=”https://ottawamission.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2011.oct_.11.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Thanksgiving Mission Accomplished

    October 10, 2011

    By Scott Taylor, Ottawa Sun, Monday, October 10, 2011 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2011.oct_.10.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Ottawa Mission Hospice Celebrates 10 Years

    June 1, 2011

    By Kelly Egan, Ottawa Citizen June 1, 2011 [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2011.jun_.01.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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    Chaplain Has Change Of Heart

    March 8, 2011

    By Kelly Egan, The Ottawa Citizen March 8, 2011 Ottawa Mission’s Tom Donohue once fed only his wallet, but now feeds souls by ministering to the homeless. [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2011.mar_.08.pdf” target=”blank”]View […]

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    February 2011 Newsletter

    February 12, 2011

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    Christmas 2010 Newsletter

    December 25, 2010

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    Tyler Determined To Help: 12-year-old works to ease plight of street people

    December 10, 2010

    By Tony Lofaro, Ottawa Citizen [button link=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2011.jan_.01.pdf” target=”blank”]View PDF[/button]

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