Entries by Selina Ingles

When Can I Take This Off?

I was talking with someone recently who had obtained housing. They have been on the street since their early teens—both sleeping on the street and in flop houses. They haven’t seen stable housing in years and have a weathered look about them. It is impossible to tell if someone is homeless simply by looking at […]

heARTfelt Thursdays: Nothing to See Here

“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” ― John Steinbeck   The wonderful thing about art is that it fills our lives with light, creativity, symbolism and, most importantly, it asks us to stop what we are doing and reflect. Pieces of ‘art’, these wonderful […]

Extra, Extra…Read all about it!

If you haven’t already heard our Youth Outreach Worker was featured recently in a piece by a local journal. The Ottawa Anglican Journal, CrossTalk, featured our Outrrach Worker Moira Davis in this month’s issue. You can read the piece on our Facebook Page or in the online version of the journal. Here is a teaser to wet your whistle…. […]

heARTfelt Thursdays: A Portrait of a Man

  A new volunteer, Sara, with OIM did this drawing recently. It was her first time on Street Outreach, and she was worried she would be nervous. Street Outreach can be unsettling at first, with all the anxieties and expectations swirling inside of you. Her first stop was to see Clark, who is pictured above. […]

heARTfelt Thursdays: Nursery Drawings

“Every artist was first an amateur.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Laura is a very quiet and intensely  shy person. She has recently started to come out of her shell more, but it is (and always has been) a struggle to connect with her. Her insular character means she responds bashfully to any compliment and will often undermine […]

heARTfelt Thursdays: I Just Need Somebody to Lean On

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” -Albert Schweitzer                     Grace is a very bright person, […]

Stories from the Street: Size Doesn’t Matter

This episode of ‘Stories from the Street’ is a little different, because it is not a verbatim story told by a street-friend. Instead, this is a description of a series of discussions. Not every street-friend who participates in OIM’s programs is living on the streets, we welcome anyone who is street-engaged to participate in our […]

heARTfelt Thursdays: Mufasa

“Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.” -Goethe Below is a piece entitled “Mufasa” by a member of our Passion 4 Youth program.  On a typical Thursday night the art room can be a little loud, and more often than not it is just plain chaotic. Twenty-or-so youth are […]