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Innercity Veterans Outreach & Support (IVOS)

They served our country now we serve them. Offering one-on-one support in a safe and welcoming community.

OIM volunteers, all of whom are Veterans themselves, and staff help our at-risk and homeless Veterans every Wednesday by giving them a safe space where they can come and enjoy a meal, play games, and chat with each other. 

In partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, we offer practical support and a weekly At-Home program for homeless and at-risk Veterans. We offer one-on-one support in a safe and welcoming community.

How it works

Our program helps at-risk and homeless Veterans in the following ways:

Street Outreach

Street Outreach happens seven days a week, and we actively seek out and identify Veterans by asking, "Have you served?" This is the start of helping veterans get back on their feet.  

Door Outreach

Every Tuesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Veterans in need can come to our Office (391 Gladstone Ave) and receive food, clothing and other supplies.​​​

IVOS At-Home Weekly Program- open to ALL Veterans who want to be part of our community

We meet every Wednesday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the OIM Office building for camaraderie with other Veterans.

Recreational Activities such as cribbage and other games are available.

Access is provided to literature, resources, a phone and a computer.

Lunch is provided.​​

IVOS Movie Night - open to ALL Veterans who want to be part of our community

We meet on the third Monday of each month. Doors open at 5:45 pm.

A meal is provided.

Transportation may be provided.

No one understands a Veteran like a Veteran. If you want to get involved or have questions, please email Elizabeth, our IVOS Associate: elizabeth.beaven@ottawainnercityministries.ca.

Details

When (At-Home IVOS Program): Every Wednesday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

When (movie night): Every third Monday, starting at 5:30 pm.

Where: OIM's office.

Who can access it?

All Veterans are welcome. If you want to know more, please call our office at 613-237-6031.

Facts from our IVOS Program

Two IVOS facts: 1- Total Veterans Helped: To date, we have helped over 140 homeless veterans, providing them with comradery and a meal every week. 2- Veteran Connections Made: In March 2024, we made over 70 connections with Veterans who came to our Innercity Veterans Outreach and Support At-Home program.
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