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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 family and friends.

Peter will be spending the long weekend at The Ottawa Mission – and he is so grateful for the gifts of food, shelter and support that he will be receiving.

Peter has been living on a disability income for many years. He has no family to help him, so he has been living alone in a small apartment and trying to make ends meet. After paying his rent, he often had little left over for food, so he often came to us for meals over the years, and we got to know him well.

Last month Peter’s rent was suddenly increased, and he knew he wouldn’t be able to stay in his apartment. He was desperate and didn’t know what to do, so he came to us for help. Our staff is working hard to find Peter a safe and affordable place to live, but in the meantime he will stay with us.

Because of the generous support of our donors, our doors are always open for people like Peter in their time of greatest need. The long weekend need not be so long after all.

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