As spring and Easter approach, we always appreciate a message of hope. This is especially important after the many challenges of the past few years. Here at The Ottawa Mission, we have some good news to share with you.
In November 2022, after 32 months of curtailed access in order to keep our clients, employees and volunteers safe during the pandemic, our shelter reopened to all community clients as well as to shelter guests. That included our community meal service, which had been modified to provide take-out meals through our garage.
That day in November was one of the most inspiring I’ve seen in my time here at the shelter. Our staff team was rejuvenated by the gratitude of those in our dining hall, now surrounded by warmth and company. Other programs such as our addiction and trauma services, support for housing, education and employment, health services, and others were also fully opened to all clients who need our support.
Further welcome developments include:
- replacing our original food truck, now more than 20 years old, so our meal program clients across the city won’t go hungry.
- the opening of our new eight-unit housing facility to provide former clients with a safe and affordable place of their own.
- the beginning of another Food Services Training Program (FSTP) class, which provides graduates the training and hope needed to rebuild their lives.
In addition to hearing about our new food truck in this newsletter, you’ll also read stories of hope from people like Tetiana, who fled tragedy in her native country of Ukraine to find new beginnings in Canada through the FSTP. And Garry, who faced not only homelessness but a life-threatening illness, and found a new home and improved health through our help. But none of this would be possible without you.
On behalf of all who rely upon our vital services, thank you, and our best wishes to you for a happy Easter.