He Fought Like a Soldier

On Jan 15, OIM launches a NEW Innercity Veterans Outreach & Support Service (DETAILS BELOW). Over the coming weeks and months, we will be sharing veteran and volunteer perspectives on the issues facing our homeless and at-risk veterans.  Every Tuesday for the last several years, you could always count on Marcel to greet you at […]

From One Veteran To Another: Homelessness Affects More Than “The Homeless”

On Jan 15, OIM launches a NEW Innercity Veterans Outreach & Support Service (DETAILS BELOW). Over the coming weeks and months, we will be sharing veteran and volunteer perspectives on the issues facing our homeless and at-risk veterans. Today’s blog post comes from long-time OIM Volunteer and Retired Corporal, Ken Byars. A number of years […]

Advent Stories: Peace

This time of year, Christians around the world will be celebrating advent, a time of expectant waiting for Christmas. Come with us as we journey through advent together, listening to stories from those in our programs as they explore Hope, Faith, Love and Peace. PEACE We met Vanessa earlier this year when she started attending […]

Advent Stories: Love

This time of year, Christians around the world will be celebrating advent, a time of expectant waiting for Christmas. Come with us as we journey through advent together, listening to stories from those in our programs as they explore Hope, Faith, Love and Peace. LOVE  We met Larissa 3 years ago. She’d gone through a […]

Advent Stories: Faith

  This time of year, Christians around the world will be celebrating advent, a time of expectant waiting for Christmas. Come with us as we journey through advent together, listening to stories from those in our programs as they explore Hope, Faith, Love and Peace. FAITH When I asked Bryon to share about his life […]

Advent Stories: Hope

This time of year, Christians around the world will be celebrating advent, a time of expectant waiting for Christmas. Come with us as we journey through advent together, sharing stories from those in our programs as they explore Hope, Faith, Love and Peace. HOPE  Mike connected with OIM 11 years ago. When we met Mike, […]

Above and Beyond

When OIM staff pack up for the day and lock the doors at 4pm, we know that OIM’s day is not over. Each evening, a team of volunteers will come in and pack up the outreach wagons, and then venture out onto the streets to connect with people and provide much needed supplies.  I’m in […]

The 52-Hertz Whale

Have you ever met someone who is just amazing at remembering names? That person who you met once 3 years ago, who remembers your name as soon as they see your face. And you feel bad as you frantically skim your internal Rolodex trying to remember their name. That’s Ash.  Ash remembers everyone’s name. Even […]

Innercity Arts Mural

  Innercity Arts was invited to paint a mural at 206 Main St. First, they needed to come up with a concept. Mique Michelle, a local artist, helped guide a group session so the young artists could share their ideas. There were many important issues they wanted to highlight – including mental health, youth homelessness, […]

Colour Outside of the Lines

The world is full of high expectations. Get a higher education they say, then drive this year’s model high end car and get a job with a large firm.   The bar is set so high; it’s unattainable for most. What if – just for a brief moment – one’s value came from simply being […]