Entries by ken

Ottawa Home and Garden Show. Why?

Ottawa Home and Garden Show

It was there all the time.

It was right before my eyes all the time, just waiting for me to wake up and see it! Typical of many smaller organizations, our needs often outweigh and outnumber our resources.  While OIM has a good number of faithful supporters whom we rely upon for things like prayer and donations and volunteers, there really […]

Caring – Even When it Hurts

This past week, Moira, our youth outreach worker got the flu – the bad kind.  After a few days away she thought she could return to work and attend a seminar, but at noon I told her we needed to go.  She did not look well.  She tried to take some chicken soup, but that […]

One Thing in Common

Cal’s story (‘Behind the Story’ see history on right) is common in that he is one of many on the streets who has suffered violence and abuse in his childhood and still lives with the pain.  I asked him how old he was when it all started. He stared at me and said, ‘Always. Since […]

The Small Things Guy…

The Small Things Guy is escorted out of the drop in last week. Ken’s Best Friend is reconciled to his OIM family.

A Place of Second Chances

I remember very clearly the day when Vern spoke up to support another guy who messed up.  The guy stole something from our office, and we were trying to piece together what had happened. Vern said, “Of all places I know, this is a place of second chances.” That statement says so much: it is […]

Volunteers Welcome!

Thinking about volunteering?  Just that in and of itself might be enough to change the course of your life! Volunteers are truly the backbone of OIM, and are the change agents that can bring about change in our street friends’ lives.  I have seen this over and over again, and it never ceases to amaze […]

“I brought Christmas”

Reviewing our current ‘Christmas trend,’ I see a big build up leading to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, celebrating the birth of our Saviour on December 25th, with an almost unbelievable and instantaneous shift to Boxing Day (and week) sales and super deals, and now to what is (this year at least) a very cold […]