When I learned who was in this photo and what they had accomplished, I felt incredibly happy for them…& hopeful too.
These are men from the Ottawa Mission, a refuge for those in a time of need. The men pictured meeting Mayor Jim Watson look pretty happy don’t they? Well no wonder. They did something that we can all appreciate this summer.
They kept the grounds clean for the Canada 150 initiative in the Byward Market knows as Inspiration Village. It was a short walk to work from their home at the Mission.
I hope their families hear about their accomplishments. It will help them sleep at night knowing that their loved ones have turned a corner.
Kudos to Mayor Watson for prioritizing meeting and thanking these men. I think that is leadership at it’s finest.
It reminds me of one of my favourite Maya Angelou quotes:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Most people enter the Ottawa Mission when they have no place else to go, but they certainly don’t have to leave there that way. Steve Emmons’ story is inspiring:
The Ottawa Mission always is need of donations. Director Peter Tilley offers up their ‘most wanted’ items:
- New men’s underwear (sizes SM – XXL)
- Men’s disposable razors, shaving cream & deodorant
- New or gently used bath towels
- New or gently used men’s steel toed work boots, sizes 9 to 12
- New or gently used men’s Fall coats
- New or gently used men’s jeans, size M – XL
Drop them off at The Mission, 35 Waller Street. The reception desk is open 24 hours.