Updated: Sep 11
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 the drop-in. Walking in first thing in the morning (with a Tim Horton’s cup in hand, of course), he would make his way to his regular table, but not without first greeting each staff member and volunteer.
He had a special connection with two of our volunteers: Ken and Kirk, who are both veterans. You see, Marcel was a proud veteran himself – having served in the Canadian military for several years. But like so many other veterans, after leaving the military he felt lost. He struggled with alcoholism for years, which eventually led him to the streets. But Marcel was a strong man, who persevered. He fought to get off the alcohol and to reclaim his life. He got sober and got a small apartment. But even after surviving homelessness, his life was not easy. He struggled daily with depression and PTSD. But he fought. He fought like a soldier.
One Tuesday at the drop-in, Marcel did not show up to greet us. One of his friends brought us the news that he had died suddenly over the weekend due to a heart condition. There were tears shed, as friends comforted each other.
Although years have passed since his death, the OIM community is remembers Marcel. We remember his courage and his resilience.
We thank him for his service.
And we will miss him dearly.
Marcel at the drop-in
If you are a homeless or at-risk veteran, or know someone who is, you are welcome to attend OIM’s,
INNERCITY VETERANS OUTREACH & SUPPORT
Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 am
OIM Office, 391 Gladstone Ave.
We offer a safe community and one-on-one support in a welcoming environment.
Access to resources & literature
Access to phone & computer
Refreshments & more
For more information:
Contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (613)237-6031