Entries by moira

Reaching a Milestone

Innercity Arts reached a significant milestone this week: we registered our 100th youth. This is a pretty amazing feat, given the programs humble beginnings. It all began back in 2009, when our Youth Outreach Worker met a youth on the street and noticed the therapeutic and transformative nature of art. After getting input from Ottawa’s street-engaged youth, we decided to start […]

Kindness

A few months ago, a new person walked through the doors of the drop-in. He was friendly but seemed very cautious. He asked a lot of questions….as if he wasn’t sure if he could trust what we were up to. So I showed him around and tried to give him some answers. I offered him […]

Changing the Legacy of Youth Homelessness

How can we change the legacy of youth homelessness in Ottawa? This is a complicated question with an array of possible answers. Back in June, we partnered with A Way Home Ottawa and set up a table at Glowfair. We asked people to answer this question in just one sentence, and write it on a […]

Art Show

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Innercity Arts Show on May 12th. What an amazing night!   Special thanks to Scotia Bank for sponsoring the event, and for the ongoing support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Art Show….Sneak Peak!

The youth of Innercity Arts have been working hard, creating some amazing art for the upcoming art show. Here’s a sneak peak! Please come out and show your support! Thursday May 12th from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm Lansdowne Horticulture Building 1525 Princess Patricia Way  

Adulting101

Although I consider myself a fairly competent adult, sometimes the youth in the art group ask me questions that leave me stumped – and I feel like I need to go find a “real” grown-up to help. This happened a few weeks ago when Mark asked me about credit checks. While I knew a little […]

A Volunteer’s Reflection

Lots of people tell me that they think I’m doing so much when they hear that I do street outreach with OIM. I go out each week to hand out sandwiches, socks and a kind word hoping to share the love of God and encourage people. But yesterday I ran into Sue who OIM has […]

Knowing You’re Loved

A few weeks ago, I was looking through an old box of memories from my childhood when I found this: It was a valentine I received when I was probably about 15, given to me by a friend named Rebecca. Rebecca was not a close friend of mine, but she took the time to make this for […]

Celiac on the Streets

Some people have a policy to only give food to panhandlers. Some even get offended if the panhandler rejects the offer of food. For these people, let me tell you about Sal…. Sal has struggled with homelessness for 5 years. She’s 20 now, and finally has an apartment – but she’s still struggling to make […]

Prayer Request

It was a particularly cold night on outreach last week when we came across Brian. It was our first time meeting Brian – who informed us he would be sleeping outside that night. I shivered at the thought – I was freezing cold and had only been outside for about half an hour. We offered him things […]