Homelessness is an issue that can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, or education. In fact, the changing face of homelessness shows that the characteristics society has come to believe predetermine homelessness no longer hold true.
Founded in 1906, The Ottawa Mission stands as a pillar in providing the local homeless with food, shelter and clothing. The Mission is further charged with offering addiction rehabilitation, primary medical & dental care and job training services. The biggest need fulfilled by The Mission is food and the kitchen at The Ottawa Mission serves an average of 1,307 meals a day - 477,177 just last year alone.
Shepherds of Good Hope offers many life-giving programs and services to the more than 1,600 men and women who walk through their doors each day. In addition to the Soup Kitchen, the Grocery, Clothing, Shelter and Supportive Housing Programs address the needs of the many in-need across the city.
The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa provides food, shelter, safety and health services to Ottawa's youth at risk. Their doors are open to over 1,000 homeless and vulnerable youth. Their myriad of health, crisis, educational and employment services strive to provide youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to make positive life choices.
#Project: A Sandwich or Two
We started making ham & cheese sandwiches and baked goods for both The Ottawa Mission and the Shepherds of Good Hope in September, 2016. What started out as a biweekly offering of 50 sandwiches has to date evolved into just under 30,000 sandwiches with a communal effort from our friends!
#Project: Warm Hearts
It's cold outside! Our annual #Project Warm Hearts initiative amasses "warm" and other much needed items for the Ottawa shelters.
#Project: A Box of Socks
We think we have inspired a few like minded friends at school. Together, we have held annual sock drives with the goal of symbolically and literally providing one pair of socks for every homeless youth in Ottawa.
2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021: 1,400 socks ♥
#The Ottawa Giving Project
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in the numbers of homeless
and use of the local food banks and shelters.
The Ottawa Giving Project is a partnership that grew of the
necessity to fill the rising demands for services and more efficiently
match them with donations.