The Ask Me campaign shares the stories behind the people that make up the homeless community in Ottawa. By learning about homelessness from the people closest to it – those experiencing homelessness, volunteers, and community workers – we can highlight what is working and what is needed in our efforts to end homelessness. This is where the conversation begins.

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Natalie Potvin: Finding the Joy in Other’s Success

By Diana Barry Natalie Potvin works within Ottawa Mission to help individuals gain access to safe and affordable housing. Natalie’s happiness comes from finding safe environments for her clients to grow in. Growing up in subsidized housing Natalie used this experience to help others access the basic needs that she [...]

January 12th, 2018|Categories: Ask Me Ottawa, Hometown150|0 Comments

Shea Kiely: Building community, from breakfast to haircuts

By Janet Allingham RN When you ask Shea Kiely about the importance of having a place to call "home" she offers a concise answer: "Prevention is better than cure." This says a lot about the Executive Director of St. Luke's Table, a ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, located [...]

December 15th, 2017|Categories: Ask Me Ottawa, Hometown150|0 Comments

Kristin Schilkie: Creating a Safe Place

By Diana Barry Finding joy in helping others live a successful life is one of the many reasons that Kristin Schilkie is motivated with her work at the Ottawa Mission. Kristin is a frontline worker with the Housing First program at the Ottawa Mission. This program has really taken off [...]

November 17th, 2017|Categories: Ask Me Ottawa, Hometown150|1 Comment