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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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|0 Comments

Ibrahim Musa: Cuts for Kids Founder and Ottawa Community Housing Ambassador

Ibrahim Musa is a busy nineteen year old – he runs a non-profit organization, the Cuts For Kids Foundation, which he created, works with City Council through his role on the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, is an intern at Youth Ottawa and is an Ottawa Community Housing Tenant Ambassador. He [...]

November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Ask Me Ottawa, Hometown150|0 Comments

Joey Clavette: Amplifying the voices of marginalized writers

By Janet Allingham RN Why would a young university student give up a semester of school? In the case of Joey Clavette, the reason was altruistic. Joey decided he wanted to found a newspaper that would give homeless people a voice. Joey traces his decision back to an ethics course [...]

October 20th, 2017|Categories: Ask Me Ottawa, Hometown150|0 Comments