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The Ottawa Mission’s Stepping Stones Learning Centre is a unique place that offers men and women the opportunity to improve their lives through education. Our certified teacher and dedicated volunteers help students complete their high school education or post-secondary programs provided through online training or in-class instruction. We have great partnerships in the community including Continuing Education at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, St. Nicholas Adult High School and the John Howard Society.
There are diverse learning needs among those staying at our shelter. Students are able to work one-on-one with the teacher on a variety of goals including basic literacy, computer training, job searching through Career Cruising, on-line courses, high school credit courses (including co-operative education) and some also receive support for post-secondary programs. French Club is a Stepping Stones’ favourite. Students come together to practise their conversational French skills while learning new vocabulary and grammar. Stepping Stones’ activities run throughout the year and include opportunities to learn new creative arts skills, enjoy cultural and educational events and participate in field trips.
At The Ottawa Mission we now provide a connection to Job Training services that help men and women in need explore career options, create resumes, and develop interview skills to facilitate transition back into the work force. We also work with partners, like St. Lawrence College and Ontario Works, to offer a Job Training Program in Food Services. There are no easy solutions to poverty, but by connecting with support and job training, people in need can find a way to improve their current situation.
Our Food Services Training Program is a 5-month program that teaches men and women how to cook in a commercial kitchen. It also builds self-esteem and confidence, which are fundamental to an individual’s success. The participants in this program take courses in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), health and safety, food handling, standard first aid, and knife handling skills. They learn first-hand in a working kitchen how to prepare and present a variety of meals and spend the last few weeks of the program in job placement. In 2017, 18 men and women completed the program.
CUSTODIAL SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM
The Ottawa Mission has partnered with the Ottawa Catholic School Board to help people find training in the cleaning industry. The 8 week Custodial Skills Training Program is run by St. Nicholas Adult High School and offers classroom and on-the-job training. Those interested in learning more about applying to this program can contact The Ottawa Mission’s Employment and Education worker in our Client Services Centre.
IN 2017, 208 PEOPLE COMPLETED THE STABILIZATION PROGRAM, AND 27 GRADUATED FROM LIFEHOUSE.
The Ottawa Mission provides addiction treatment and trauma services to men in the community in need of support. Our programs aim to meet clients’ where they’re at – whether they want support stabilizing their lives, are seeking residential treatment, or require additional support after treatment; we provide them with the tools they need to build a better life.
Trauma often plays a role in the cycle of addiction, and in order to stop the cycle it is important to maintain a trauma-informed approach. Many of our clients have experienced pain or abuse, and addiction often serves as a coping mechanism for this pain. Part of our solution is to identify and deal with traumatic experiences, re-learning healthier coping mechanisms to try and curb addiction while also building community and re-integrating clients on their journey towards a better life.
The most important aspect in addictions services is hope of recovery. With your help, our clients are offered hope and support in their recovery. The programs we offer as part of our Addiction and Trauma Services can be found here:
IN 2017, THERE WERE 617 PATIENT VISITS TO THE DENTAL CLINIC AND 6,438 PATIENT VISITS TO THE MEDICAL CLINIC.
Caring for people who are homeless doesn’t stop with providing food and shelter. Because The Ottawa Mission is always looking for ways to improve our services, we’re pleased to be able to offer health care services to our residents and others living in shelters or on the street. Many people who come to The Ottawa Mission do not have a family doctor, but have medical conditions that require treatment. That’s why we have a Primary Care Medical Clinic to connect people to ongoing health care. Nurse practitioners and two on-call physicians provide quick access to primary health care for men and women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
DENTISTRY THAT GOES A LONG WAY
Unfortunately, many of the people dealing with homelessness don’t have accessible, professional dental services. But, thanks to the initiative of Ottawa dentist Dr. Tom Harle and the hard work of a team of volunteer dental professionals, The Ottawa Mission can offer emergency, preventative, and restorative dental care. Because of the amazing work of our volunteers and generous donations from the community, we can help patients feel more confident, comfortable, and prepared to face the world as they work towards changing their lives.
PROVIDING COMFORT AND COMPANY
No one in our community deserves to die alone. The Hospice at The Ottawa Mission makes sure that doesn’t happen by providing 24-hour palliative care to those who are homeless and dealing with a terminal illness. Through a partnership with Ottawa Inner City Health, nurses and client-care workers and other health care professionals offer Hospice patients crucial physical, emotional and spiritual support at every stage of their illness. Patients at the Hospice experience a level of care that all people deserve. The 21 bed facility is named after retired Ottawa Mission Executive Director Diane Morrison, who saw a need among people dealing with homelessness and helped create the Hospice in 2001.