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“I just want to do something normal.”

Lindsay walked through the doors of the art room and I immediately felt relieved. We hadn’t seen her in months. I had been asking around about her and checking out her normal hang out spots but no one had seen her. I’d even called the hospitals and checked obituaries, fearing the worst. We were so […]

The Freedom To Ask

At the office we have people coming to our door every day. They often ask for the most basic necessities: food, toiletries, sleeping bags. Anything that can help. We try to provide them with essential things to survive. Sometimes we don’t have much, but what we do have people are grateful to receive. One day […]

Week 3 – 30 Days of Prayer

Listen this morning as Executive Director, Ken MacLaren, shares the latest news about the Ministry’s most pressing need:  Office Space.  Click on the image below and hear Ken speak: Join us TODAY as staff and volunteers pray for office space for this ministry!    30 Days of Prayer, 30 Seconds Each Day, In Honour of Our […]

Watercolour Journals

A few weeks ago at art group we decorated blank journal covers using watercolour paints/pencils. But there was a catch – we paired each young person with someone they did not know well. They had to answer some questions and get to know one another for about 10 minutes. Then, based on their conversation, they […]

He Came To Us

Jason was invited to Innercity Arts by a friend. He liked the opportunity to have a good meal and hang out with friends, but he had no interest in the staff and volunteers. It was very clear from the beginning that Jason did not trust us. He was very blunt with me, and said he […]

A Stranger In Her Midst

I was new to Canada, I had arrived from El Salvador and it was my first winter here. I had only been in Ottawa a couple of months. One day, while walking downtown on a snowy day without any gloves (something a new Canadian wouldn’t think of!), I saw a woman panhandling on Elgin Street. […]