You may know The Ottawa Mission as a place that provides food and shelter for people in need. But did you know there are 235 beds inside? And more than 1,200 meals are served EVERY day?
There are many ways that The Ottawa Mission provides hope to those in our community who need it most. Beginning as a place that offered a safe bed and a meal, it has evolved into a place that offers programs and services to address the ever-changing needs of people who are homeless. As you reflect on things that you are thankful for this Christmas season, please consider the amazing support, services, and kindness that The Ottawa Mission provides 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.
- In 2012, an average of 228 men used The Ottawa Mission for shelter every night. They had an occupancy rate of 97 percent. 1,968 different people stayed at The Mission last year and the average length of stay with us was 48 days.
- They also served an average of 1,270 meals a day last year, and more than double that during a special holiday meal. That’s a total of close to 465,000 meals a year
- Read Jim’s Story
- For many people, drug and alcohol addiction has led to the loss of their homes, and they turn to The Ottawa Mission for help. The Mission offers three levels of addiction treatment programming, depending on the need.
- There are daily, 30-day, and five-month addiction treatment programs, and ongoing aftercare support to help recovering addicts take the first step back towards independent living.
- Read Michael’s story
- In 2012, there were 7,007 patient visits to The Ottawa Mission’s Primary Care Clinic;
- 979 patients visited the dental clinic;
- 20 people spent their final days at the hospice with care & dignity;
- Read Dennis’ story
- 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 through online trades training.
- A program called Discovery University allows people living on a low income to participate in non-credit, university-level Humanities and Social Sciences courses at no cost. Thanks to a partnership between The Ottawa Mission, University of Ottawa, Saint Paul University, and First Baptist Church, the courses are taught by professors from the universities and all textbooks and course materials are provided at no cost to the students.
- The 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 latest job training program to be introduced at The Mission is the Custodial Skills Training Program. Developed in partnership with the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Catholic School Board, this 8-week program includes classroom and on-the-job training;
- 13 out of 15 students in the first class found employment!
- Read John’s story
- Finding safe, affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges people staying at The Ottawa Mission face;
- Last year, the Mission helped 176 find a place to call home and provided second-stage transitional housing for 28 people.
- Read Peter’s story
- An average of 45 people attend the small chapel service held daily at The Mission;
- Many of the people who turn to The Ottawa Mission for help have experienced rejection, major disappointments, or have survived a personal tragedy.
- The door is always open to the Chaplain’s Office.
- Read Paul’s story