When setting out to help those experiencing homelessness people often think of donating a non-perishable food item, socks, or maybe toques and mitts. Rarely, though, do tampons come to mind.
As an ER physician, Dr. Turnbull found out many years ago that homelessness was impacting the delivery of health care in the Ottawa Hospital.
Christo Bilukidi grew up in Ottawa Community Housing’s (OCH) Russell Heights neighbourhood in a single-parent, immigrant household.
The only teacher in the small classes at the Stepping Stone Learning Centre of The Ottawa Mission admits to being a "born teacher."
Having faced homelessness herself in her teenage years, she believes in the importance of being honest in telling your story.
Natalie Potvin works within Ottawa Mission to help individuals gain access to safe and affordable housing. Natalie’s happiness comes from finding safe environments for her clients to grow in.
Stefan Keyes grew up in Ottawa Community Housing, where he says may of his best memories and his closest friends come from.
When you ask Shea Kiely about the importance of having a place to call “home” she offers a concise answer: “Prevention is better than cure.”
Ken Byars has a drive for making youth feel, loved and important. He spends his time volunteering with youth in his community and throughout Ottawa to show them that they can be loved without condition.
Finding joy in helping others live a successful life is one of the many reasons that Kristin Schilkie is motivated with her work at the Ottawa Mission.
Ibrahim arrived in Canada as a refugee from Iraq in 2002 and has lived in Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) since, becoming a Tenant Ambassador in 2016 with the goal of inspiring others.
Why would a young university student give up a semester of school? In the case of Joey Clavette, the reason was altruistic.
Terrie has mastered the art of finding happiness in the small delights of life. Furthermore, it makes her happy to advocate for others in need, whether it is professionally, as a member and co-chair of the communication committee for the Alliance to End Homelessness.
On Christmas Eve this year 2,300 people experiencing homelessness in Ottawa are expected to receive backpacks filled with hygiene products, clothing, treats, and a Tim Hortons gift card thanks to an initiative created by Ron Pitre.
If you stop by Centre 454 anytime during the week, you’ll find a blossoming garden and welcoming community. First established in the basement of St. Alban’s church in 1945, the day program is one of five community ministries of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
Jim Jenkins is a goalie for an international soccer league. He has also experienced homelessness, mental health challenges, and struggled with addiction.
The most high stakes game of Bingo you have ever laid eyes on takes place each Friday at St. Joe’s Women’s Centre. The prizes might not be glamourous or expensive, but for the homeless and vulnerably housed women who use St. Joe’s as their sanctuary, winning a little something extra can go a long way.