Whether it is in one of our affordable housing communities, at one of our drop-in day programs or our emergency downtown women's shelter, or in the consultation rooms of our experienced counsellors and psychotherapists; whether it’s someone struggling with mental illness or fleeing abuse, the hallmarks of Community Ministries of Ottawa are the easy welcome and the opportunity to access a network of practical help available for the people who walk through our doors – choosing hope.

We are here for them – one conversation, bowl of stew, card game, load of laundry, quiet room, phone call, workshop or joke at a time. Together we are pushing back despair and supporting each success—large or small—one step at a time.

Every day we see that the most powerful opportunities to heal feelings, bodies and lives come from loving, caring relationships and a sense of belonging. Our volunteers, counsellors and employees are adept at building such relationships in unassuming ways. As a result, life improves in Ottawa: neighbourhoods settle down and pitch in as public health indicators receive a boost. Each success builds strength in our community.

Community Ministries of Ottawa consists of five social service agencies. Each in its own way and with its own people addresses social problems that are common in a city like ours.

HOMELESSNESS
In 2013, more than 6,700 men, women and children were homeless in Ottawa.

Our Community Ministries offer:
  • safe places away from the street
  • meals and emergency food
  • emergency shelter and safe, affordable housing for women
  • life skills training and access to healthcare
  • help navigating a transition into housing
NUTRITION
We are committed to providing food for those who are hungry and to helping all participants develop good nutritional practices:
  • over 200,000 meals served each year
  • advice for people with diabetes and special needs
  • cooking classes
  • guidance for people in a housing transition and on a tight budget to
  • meet the challenge of buying and preparing nutritious meals
MENTAL HEALTH
Many of the people visiting our centres struggle with mental health challenges. We provide:
  • counselling services
  • spiritual care
  • access to mental health professionals
  • non-judgmental, stigma-free environment

CHANGING LIVES
To all, we offer support and encouragement, and qualities too often in short supply on our streets — respect, dignity, a sense of belonging, and the assurance that somebody cares:
  • a safe place to go today
  • help in finding the motivation to reconcile with family and friends
  • the skills and stability to find a job and move into permanent housinf
OUR COMMUNITY MINISTRIES
Centre 454
454 King Edward Ave.
Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 7M8
613-235-4351

Cornerstone/ Le Pilier
172 O'Connor St.
Ottawa, ON K2P 1T5
613-237-4669

St Luke's Table
760 Somerset St West
Ottawa, ON K1R 6P9
(613) 238-4193

Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre
209 - 211 Bronson Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5
613-235-2516

The Well / La Source
154 Somerset Street West,
Ottawa, ON K2P OH8
613-594-8861


Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
For more info please visit our
Community Ministries page