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Thank You Value Village!

Did you know that for the past few years OIM has been the grateful recipient of clothing and footwear from Value Village in Kanata? Every second week, OIM Volunteers Judy and Wendy pick up 4 large boxes and/or bags of seasonal clothing and footwear that are promptly delivered to our Tuesday drop-in at Knox Presbyterian […]

Community BBQ

Our Administrative Assistant, Gaby, is normally busy working at the office.  But recently, she had the opportunity to visit our drop-in on BBQ Day! It was a fun day with plenty of hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, dessert and beverages to go around. Everyone was so appreciative of the community donations that came in so that […]

Restoring Hope

One of the highlights of my week is to head out into downtown Ottawa on Thursday evenings. The anticipation of meeting up with old friends and the eager expectation of new encounters and relationships is truly an experience like no other. No, I’m not referring to stopping into a “Cheers” like pub where everyone knows […]

Home is where your backpack is

I left home when I was young to flee from the life I experienced behind closed doors. I’ve  temporarily called “home” other people’s places, done some couch surfing and attic apartment living… you know, the kind where you have to walk with your neck bent to one side. I’ve called “home” staying near biker gangs […]

Just Like New

“Scratch and Dent”, “Refurbished- Just like new”, “We Buy Junk-We Sell Antiques” are a few well known and in themselves very “worn out” catchphrases, all used to catch the attention of a few people looking for a good deal.  Proverbs 20:14 says it this way, “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer; then […]

A Bright Star at Night

I want to tell you about a friend who always lifts my spirits when we talk. I have had the pleasure to come to know Bob, my friend, who has lived on the streets for a number of years. I count it a blessing that he will actually seek me out for conversation. I know […]

In The Attic

For the 9 years Innercity Arts has existed, we have been lucky to have been welcomed into several churches to run our program. First Dominion Chalmers – where the program began and grew. Then for years, we met in the attic of St. Peter and St. Pauls, where the program thrived. In that attic, there […]

Even The ‘Unlovable’

If anyone has spent enough time serving those experiencing poverty and homelessness, you will know it is not for the faint of heart. I’m not talking about the stories of trauma, tragedy or loss which I have – sadly – come to expect.  No, I’m talking about something a little more delicate.  It’s the experience […]