Urban Intervention Training

URBAN INTERVENTION TRAINING FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            Stay tuned for the dates of our next Urban Intervention Training

Recommended Videos

The Saint of Fort Washington

Video: “The Saint of Fort Washington” (1993) starring Matt Dillon and Danny Glover

Unlike most Hollywood depictions of life on the streets this film realistically follows the friendship between a newly psychiatrically deinstitutionalized schizophrenic man and a Vietnam post traumatically stressed homeless man trying to survive on the streets of N.Y.C. This is a thought provoking, disturbing and tenderhearted look at poverty.

Streets of Pain

Videos: “Streets of Pain” (1993) and “Gone Before Dawn” (2010)

Bill Wilson from Metro Ministries, New York, presents two compelling videos which portray the street culture in New York City. Interviews with people from various backgrounds clearly demonstrate the reality of life on the streets of one major U.S. city. Penetrating and insightful. (Content may be offensive to some viewers).

Gone Before Dawn
The Soloist

Video: “The Soloist” (2009) starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

Based on the real-life story of Steve Lopez, an LA journalist who meets Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to help him better his life. However, Lopez’s good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers’ personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless.

Video: “The View from Here: Life on the Heater” (1999) directed by Thomas Mann

During a typically frigid Ottawa winter filmmaker Thomas Mann spent 24 hours in the lives of a group of men women and ‘squeegee’ kids who just blocks away from Parliament Hill call a heating vent home. This documentary helps us see the homeless as real survivors trying to make the best of their circumstances.

Innercity Arts

What is Innercity Arts?

  • The Innercity Arts Program provides a safe and supportive environment for Ottawa’s street-involved youth to engage in the arts community.

 

What do we believe?

  • We believe that every youth has unique strengths that can be built upon in order to produce lasting change. Through a Strength-Based Approach, youth are able to develop their strengths, gain self-esteem and build positive relationships with their community

What do we do at Innercity Arts?

  • We share a meal together
  • We spend time doing visual arts and/or music. Participants are free to work on individual projects during this time.
  • We have monthly workshops and field trips
  • We have bi-annual art shows/art auctions

When is the program?

  • Emerging Artists (ages 16-24)
    • Thursdays, 6pm-9pm
  • Developing Artists (ages 23-32)
    • Wednesday, 6pm-9pm

How can I join the program or refer someone to the program?

Contact:

How can I volunteer or donate to the program?

  • To learn how you can VOLUNTEER, follow this link
  • To learn how you can DONATE, follow this link

Innercity Arts Gallery

 

 

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Drop-In

Drop-In Mission & Vision

It is our mission to offer a safe, Christian environment in which people who are homeless and disadvantaged can share in building community to meet their spiritual, emotional, social, vocational, and physical needs. We provide services on a weekly basis that ensures continuity of care and offers the ability to respond to the ever increasing and challenging needs of the homeless community. 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Our weekly Drop-In takes place just off of Bank Street.

Tuesdays, 10am to 3pm
Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar St.

Trained volunteers help run our various services at the drop-in, these include the following:

  • Self-serve breakfast and Coffee
  • Hot Lunch Service
  • Sandwiches and Baked Goods
  • Foot Care
  • Touch Care (Light relaxing massage)
  • Hair Care (Currently unavailable)
  • Clothing Store
  • Pastoral Care
  • Alpha Course
  • Food Bank Distribution

Volunteer Requirements

The following requirements are set out by OIM for all volunteer drop-in workers:

  • Attend the Urban Intervention Training (UIT)
  • Have experience as an volunteer through our street outreach or drop in services
  • Complete a OIM Volunteer Application (receive upon completion of UIT), including a police check form
  • Upon completion of the above requirements, a final interview will determine suitability for volunteering

Interested in learning more about volunteering?  Please contact Rick through email at rick_oim@rogers.com  or give our office  a call at 613-237-6031 

Street Outreach

Mission of Street Outreach

The street outreach teams of OIM “come to walk alongside” people experiencing poverty and homelessness in the downtown core.

Vision of Street Outreach

We will be effective ambassadors for Christ in ministering to the wounded members of our inner city community and in helping each one function at their optimal level in society.

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Volunteer Opportunities on Street Outreach

We have street outreach teams who go on to the streets throughout the week.

Evenings: Monday-Sunday
Days: Wednesdays

Our Outreach Teams go under bridges, to emergency shelters to help outside consistently loving, guiding, empowering and supporting those from our homeless street community. Volunteer teams provide:

  • Relief provisions
  • Personal care
  • Crisis intervention
  • Referrals

Volunteer Requirements

The following requirements are set out by OIM for all Street Outreach team members:

  • Attend the Urban Intervention Training (UIT)
  • Have experience as an volunteer through our street outreach or drop in services
  • Complete a OIM Volunteer Application (will receive upon completion of UIT), including a police check form
  • Upon completion of the above requirements, a final interview will determine suitability for volunteering

Interested in learning more about volunteering?  Please contact Rick through email at rick_oim@rogers.com  or give our office  a call at 613-237-6031 

 

 

 

Events/News

Please see the drop-down menu for information on our upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

Book and Video Reviews

Welcome to the book and video review section of our website. In keeping with our vision to help ‘Inform, Inspire and Involve’ our visitors we have established this little cyber-corner of the website where we will regularly post book and video reviews of relevant and note-worthy books and videos, as well as maintain an extensive list of recommended authors and books/videos.

If you have come across a good book/video that you think we should know about please let us know.