The Ottawa Mission began 111 years ago as a place that offered emergency shelter and a warm meal to men who were experiencing homelessness in our community. It still offers that and much, much more, thanks in large part to support from the community and events like Leadercast.
The Ottawa Mission has evolved over the years into a place that offers services and programs that address the ever-changing needs and different backgrounds of people who are homeless. Those who stay at the shelter at 35 Waller Street in downtown Ottawa can rely on a warm place to sleep, nutritious meals every day, clothing, and clean shower facilities. There are now addiction treatment programs, medical and dental care, a learning centre and housing support for those who are committed to turning their lives around. For men and women on social services and at risk of homelessness, we offer food services training in our kitchen to help them find a job. And for individuals with terminal illnesses, we offer care and compassion in our Hospice.
Success takes many forms at The Ottawa Mission – for those suffering from an addiction it might mean a single day, week or month of sobriety; for someone with a mental illness, it might mean finding the right medication; for someone out of work, it might mean learning how to put together a good resume; for someone who is alone and dying, it might mean reconnecting with a family member.
Thanks to your support and many other generous donors and volunteers, The Ottawa Mission is able to offer life-changing services and, more importantly, hope to people in need 365 days a year.