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“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 of The Ottawa Mission opens hundreds of times every day – and during the winter months, it brings in a blast of cold air as so many people seek shelter from the storm.

This “shelter” may include just a warm place to sit and have a cup of coffee in our lounge. It may mean visiting our clothing room and receiving a new winter coat and boots. It may mean the first hot meal in days, and a safe place to sleep. It may mean seeking treatment for long-neglected medical issues at our clinic. It may also mean the beginning of a journey towards a better life for people who need treatment for trauma and addiction, or help finding a job, or support looking for affordable housing.

David, Sam, John and Lambros – whose stories are featured in this newsletter – are just four of the people who have recently sought and received the help they so desperately needed, and all have moved on with hope to a brighter future.

As supporters of The Mission, you should take faith in knowing you are helping all those we serve as they seek shelter from their own particular storm.

Thank you, and God bless you for helping us keep our doors open during the winter and all year long.

Paul McKechnie
President, Board of Directors
The Ottawa Mission Foundation

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