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A Way Home Ottawa is Launching “The Opportunity Project”

                                            After almost a year of hard work and consultation, we are launching our [...]

Centre 454 – An Integral Part of the Community

By Sarina Bhaiwala If you stop by Centre 454 anytime during the week, you’ll find a blossoming garden and welcoming community. First established in the basement of St. Alban’s church in 1945, the day program is one of five community ministries of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. Centre 454 offers drop-in support services and social activities for individuals who are precariously housed or homeless in Ottawa. Although the Centre changed locations to Murray Street more than a decade ago, it returned to its original location on King Edward in 2012 after receiving city and diocesan funding to restore St. Alban’s basement. This decision was accompanied by some concerns from the surrounding neighbourhood. Residents feared the Centre would bring drug use, vandalism, litter, and conflict with residents. Jen Crawford, the Executive Director of Centre 454, understands where the community’s worries stemmed from. With all the social service agencies in this area, “there is already a lot of action going on,” she said. The Centre was aware of these concerns, and was proactive in building a positive relationship with the surrounding community after the move. The staff worked to quell the misunderstandings regarding the Centre and its visitors; they committed to doing a walk around the building every morning to make sure there was no garbage and that everything was in order. “It’s three years later and our staff still do it,” said Crawford. The Centre has also participated in the citywide “Cleaning the Capital” event every year to clean the three-block radius that surrounds its property. […]

Join us at our Annual General Meeting, September 22!

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:00 am to 9:30 am Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre (Accueil Hall) 300 Des Pères-Blancs Avenue Please join us for our Annual General Meeting, as we review our shared work over the [...]

Call for Volunteers / Sponsors! Help make September 27 a day to remember

  Would you like to partner with young people and other community voices here in Ottawa to prevent and end youth homelessness in Ottawa? As we prepare for key events on September 27, A Way Home [...]

“Keep on breathing”: Jim Jenkins wins at more than soccer in the Homeless World Cup

By Erin Dej Jim Jenkins is a goalie for an international soccer league. He has also experienced homelessness, mental health challenges, and struggled with addiction. Jim was one of a few Canadians, and only Ottawa resident, chosen for the 2015 Street Soccer Canada – National Team who played in the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam, Netherlands last summer. It has been a long road for Jim to get to Amsterdam. He spent a year and a half in Ottawa shelters, some of that time fighting for his life with double pneumonia while detoxing. Never one to give up, Jim decided that “life is still a goal” and fought to regain his health and his life. He eventually secured housing through Ottawa Community Housing and has remained successfully housed for the last eight years. […]