August 25, 2015

Working together to help people in need

The Ottawa Mission couldn’t help as many people as it does without a lot of support from the community. That support comes in many forms – there are donors who help with financial support; volunteers who help with the day to day hands on work; and other organizations in the community who partner with The Mission to help people in need connect with the vital services that help them lead a healthier and happier life.

This month, our shelter residents have benefitted from two very important partnerships.

–  We opened seven new beds in The Ottawa Mission’s Diane Morrison Hospice, bringing the total number of beds for patients to 21. The Hospice provides end of life medical care, along with compassion and dignity, to people who have nowhere else to turn. Ottawa Inner City Health is our partner organization for this program and without them we wouldn’t have the medical expertise needed to help our patients.

– Also during the month of August, outreach workers from Wabano Centre have visited The Ottawa Mission twice a week. They have been connecting with men in the shelter who identify as Aboriginal or Inuit and may benefit from being connected with Aboriginal services in the community. This can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

These are just two of many examples of how The Ottawa Mission works with valuable community partners so that together we can continue to improve the support we provide to those who need it most.