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 […]

A Tough Night

It was a particularly rough start to the night at Innercity Arts. One of the youth had arrived in distress, suffering from a mental health crisis and inebriation. His behaviour was out of control and his health was in danger – so we made the decision to call paramedics. Like so many other young people […]

Learning to Carve

Every year, the Canadian Stone Carving Festival raises funds for Innercity Arts. Many young people from the program help out at the festival, including Larissa, who has volunteered her time the past two years. Whether it is shoveling stones, sweeping up dust, or making sure the carvers have enough water – she is always eager […]

Pancakes and Paintbrushes

They get up early… something that’s not in their nature or character; mornings just aren’t their thing. Brushing the experiences of the previous night off their faces, putting on possibly the only set of clothing they own; making their way to a place of love and acceptance for who they are. The Innercity Freedom Group […]