`The story of homelessness
isn’t one with a beginning, middle and end.

The problems that people who are homeless face aren’t simple, and neither are the solutions. The faces of homelessness that we see every day at The Ottawa Mission are not always what you might expect.

The saying “there but for the grace of God go I” is very real to us. Homelessness can happen to anyone. We see people who are educated, come from loving families, and have had successful working lives in the past. Some are suffering from addiction, mental illness, or both, and many have been victims of abuse; some are just temporarily lost. Some have a strong desire to get well, live independently, get back to school or work, and rebuild broken relationships; a few need more encouragement and long term support. Many stay with us for only a few weeks, while others struggling with mental or physical issues have to stay much longer because suitable supported housing in the community is simply not available.

Our goal at The Ottawa Mission is to not only provide the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter, but to help people regain their dignity, hope, and purpose in life.

Click on the images below to read the stories of some of the thousands of people who are helped every year by the generosity of our donors. With your continued support we can help many others like them.