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The Ottawa Mission is fortunate to participate in many community partnerships – all of them aimed at providing the best possible services to people in crisis in our community.

One recent addition to our list of partners is Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) – an organization that focuses on providing crisis intervention, counselling, social support and cultural activities for the Inuit community.

As part of this new initiative, an outreach worker from TI, Nick Camerucci, provides drop-in counselling services at The Mission every Monday morning. Nick’s position with TI was originally created out of the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to serve survivors of residential schools, but these services are now expanding to include a broader population within the Inuit community.

Nick is available to offer guidance and support to people seeking addiction and trauma counselling, health support services, and referrals to a variety of community services – as well as residential school support programs. And, judging from the number of people who have sought him out in just his first two weeks at The Mission, this type of support is in great demand.

As Nick says, “Word is spreading about the help available on site at The Mission, and it’s great to see people able to access services that many did not even know about until now. And, it’s a pleasure working with staff at The Mission. It’s a great atmosphere here – they really treat people with dignity and compassion, encouraging them to seek the help they need.” Thank you, Nick – and Tungasuvvingat Inuit – for all that you do. We look forward to a long and rewarding partnership.

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