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Published on April 07, 2015
By Sebastien Burke, Contributor
It took two weeks and 120 volunteers to transform the dining hall and prepare the food for this event. Attendants were treated to roast beef, baked potatoes, beans, Yorkshire pudding, carrots and lemon meringue pie.
Peter Tilley, Executive Director of the Ottawa Mission, stressed the importance of the event stating, “we get accustomed to holidays meaning something, and a lot of people coming out today have lost that in some way.”
“For us to give that to them, even just for a day, it’s the least we can do.” One way the Mission made the event special for the guests was opting for a restaurant style service instead of the traditional line ups. The effort does not go unnoticed by the guests.
Joseph Macdonald, one of those in attendance, said that he enjoys attending special occasions like Easter because of the positive energy in the room.
“You don’t see this every day, it’s a really happy moment,” said Macdonald, “Everyone’s smiling ear-to-ear and having a good time, it’s also a very nice meal.”
This Easter dinner is just one of the many things the Ottawa Mission does to help the homeless.
Since 1906, the Ottawa Mission has also provided essential items (like clothing and toiletries), medical treatment and job training.
The Ottawa Mission was very busy in 2014, serving on average 1297 meals a day. They also sheltered 1782 individuals with an average stay time of 51 days.
The Ottawa Mission is looking for donations of any kind. Those seeking to help can donate their time, money or essential items. For more information, go to https://ottawamission.com/