Ottawa Inner City Health

Ottawa Inner City Health www.ottawainnercityhealth.ca OICH aims to improve the health and access to health care for people who are chronically homeless . Our main function is to coordinate and integrate health care services so that homeless individuals can receive the same quality of health care as other Canadians.
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Virtual Meet & Greet with Sarah Davis
07/08/2021
Virtual Meet & Greet with Sarah Davis

Virtual Meet & Greet with Sarah Davis

Join us for a Meet & Greet with Sarah Davis, Executive Director of Cornerstone Housing for Women and special guest Beth Lusk from OICH.

Today we grieve together  as more missing children who were murdered by the residential school system were located.  As ...
06/25/2021

Today we grieve together as more missing children who were murdered by the residential school system were located. As a society our children are our most treasured gift and our most precious responsibility. We failed in our duty to them. Each life lost needs to be fuel for change.

The picture of Oaks staff wearing our “Each Child Matters” t shirts is especially poignant since the Oaks is home to so many of our brave and heroic survivors of residential school abuse. For all of us who are privileged to be part of their journey to recover from what was stolen from them and their communities, we thank them for their strength and perseverance. Every day they epitomize the best parts of the human spirit showing us that that hate, discrimination and even genocide cannot win unless we let it.

Today we grieve together as more missing children who were murdered by the residential school system were located. As a society our children are our most treasured gift and our most precious responsibility. We failed in our duty to them. Each life lost needs to be fuel for change.

The picture of Oaks staff wearing our “Each Child Matters” t shirts is especially poignant since the Oaks is home to so many of our brave and heroic survivors of residential school abuse. For all of us who are privileged to be part of their journey to recover from what was stolen from them and their communities, we thank them for their strength and perseverance. Every day they epitomize the best parts of the human spirit showing us that that hate, discrimination and even genocide cannot win unless we let it.

Please spread widely. Our partners at Cornerstone Housing for Women are being evicted one month early from the Universit...
06/03/2021

Please spread widely. Our partners at Cornerstone Housing for Women are being evicted one month early from the University of Ottawa Residence at 240 Friel. They desperately need new space. As a community, we need to take care of our most vulnerable citizens.

Please spread widely. Our partners at Cornerstone Housing for Women are being evicted one month early from the University of Ottawa Residence at 240 Friel. They desperately need new space. As a community, we need to take care of our most vulnerable citizens.

Thank you Community Addictions Peer Support Association for the generous donation of 2,000 masks yesterday!! :)
06/03/2021

Thank you Community Addictions Peer Support Association for the generous donation of 2,000 masks yesterday!! :)

Thank you Community Addictions Peer Support Association for the generous donation of 2,000 masks yesterday!! :)

Homeless and (mostly) vaccinated: Pandemic portraits from the street | CBC News
05/06/2021
Homeless and (mostly) vaccinated: Pandemic portraits from the street | CBC News

Homeless and (mostly) vaccinated: Pandemic portraits from the street | CBC News

COVID-19 outbreaks at shelters during the darkest days of winter made this past year especially difficult for Ottawa's homeless population. But with warmer weather coming, and now that many have received their first dose of a vaccine, there's a sense of hope.

In honour of CMHA National / ACSM National's Mental Health Awareness week we would like to share this touching video by ...
05/03/2021
"Rise Up Strong"

In honour of CMHA National / ACSM National's Mental Health Awareness week we would like to share this touching video by Danielle Roth and local songwriter Pat Mayberry (recording costs supported by the The United Church of Canada) dedicated to the frontline workers in their ongoing struggle to provide dignity and care to those we have the privilege to serve

A song written with and for street health and harm reduction workers who care for people experiencing homelessness, addictions and mental health challenges. ...

We are sending our love and thoughts to Somerset West Community Health Centre who lost one of their incredible harm redu...
04/24/2021

We are sending our love and thoughts to Somerset West Community Health Centre who lost one of their incredible harm reduction workers today. Carl Reinboth was a pillar of the harm reduction community. He was incredibly kind, caring soul who devoted his life to helping others. It's hard to put into words the way Carl advocated for others, stood up for change and held space for people in this community.

We love you SWCHC! Thank you Carl for everything you have done for your community. Your legacy will impact this community for years to come.

We are sending our love and thoughts to Somerset West Community Health Centre who lost one of their incredible harm reduction workers today. Carl Reinboth was a pillar of the harm reduction community. He was incredibly kind, caring soul who devoted his life to helping others. It's hard to put into words the way Carl advocated for others, stood up for change and held space for people in this community.

We love you SWCHC! Thank you Carl for everything you have done for your community. Your legacy will impact this community for years to come.

Daily COVID swab processing w/ Cat & Amy 🙂 #admin
03/30/2021

Daily COVID swab processing w/ Cat & Amy 🙂 #admin

Daily COVID swab processing w/ Cat & Amy 🙂 #admin

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! More generous businesses - this time treating our team! Thank you Nurse Emmy for coord...
02/16/2021

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! More generous businesses - this time treating our team! Thank you Nurse Emmy for coordinating wonderful gifts from Pure Yoga Ottawa, PranaShanti Yoga Centre, SuzyQ Doughnuts, Bicycle Craft Brewery, Pastries by Elisa, Starbucks, and Lush Cosmetics North America!!! We are certainly feeling the love today

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! More generous businesses - this time treating our team! Thank you Nurse Emmy for coordinating wonderful gifts from Pure Yoga Ottawa, PranaShanti Yoga Centre, SuzyQ Doughnuts, Bicycle Craft Brewery, Pastries by Elisa, Starbucks, and Lush Cosmetics North America!!! We are certainly feeling the love today

Wendy Muckle, CEO of Ottawa Inner City Health, talks about the current COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa's shelters. Dealing ...
02/05/2021
COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa’s homeless shelters | Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan | Live Radio | CBC Listen

Wendy Muckle, CEO of Ottawa Inner City Health, talks about the current COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa's shelters. Dealing with an outbreak on top of the opioid epidemic and the housing crisis is not an easy task.

Ottawa Inner City Health has been working with Ottawa's shelters to get COVID outbreaks under control. We hear what successes and challenges they've had after a month where over a hundred shelter staff and clients became infected with COVID-19.

Tell your health minister to prioritize vaccinations for people experiencing homelessness!!
02/03/2021
SIGN: Prioritize people experiencing homelessness for vaccination

Tell your health minister to prioritize vaccinations for people experiencing homelessness!!

At a time when the best public health recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 suggest staying at home, limiting all contact with others outside immediate family members, and protecting oneself with masking and sanitizing supplies; not having a home makes it impossible to follow the only kn...

AMAZING!!! THANK YOU VANS - Bayshore location for the generous donation of clothing and shoes! Over $8,000 in value but ...
01/15/2021

AMAZING!!! THANK YOU VANS - Bayshore location for the generous donation of clothing and shoes! Over $8,000 in value but truly priceless!! Our clients will certainly appreciate it :)

AMAZING!!! THANK YOU VANS - Bayshore location for the generous donation of clothing and shoes! Over $8,000 in value but truly priceless!! Our clients will certainly appreciate it :)

01/07/2021

Wow!! We are absolutely floored.

The Public Relations students at Algonquin College fundraised a wopping $11,903.94 for Ottawa Inner City Health through their Courage to Care Campaign.

This incredible group literally embodied courage, compassion and dedication to this fundraiser. Their school campaign started and was cancelled right at the beginning of covid. It was really disappointing- all of their in person events had to be canceled. They were told they didn't have to go forward with the fundraiser. But their commitment and dedication pushed them forward and they made all kinds of online events. I have never worked with such a group of unique, talented, funny and dedicated students.

Jeff, Owen, Scott, Morgan, Danielle, and everyone else from the Courage to Care campaign: from the bottom of our hearts thank you so much. You guys persevered during covid, all your other schoolwork and everything going on. You guys give us hope for the future. Can't wait to see what you all accomplish.

For Tyler. In your memory ❤️

12/18/2020

A Message from our CEO...

Over the course of the year, we have been supported in our efforts to protect our community from COVID 19 by the most amazing people.
I have accumulated a very long list of people and organizations who I need to thank so bear with me. For those of you who know me, you know that I believe that when you thank someone you need to be present in the moment and in a grateful state. So here I am, remembering all the amazing people who helped us and being grateful that you decided to stand with us through this very challenging time.
I want to start by thanking all those friends who gave us donations of money- more than 135 individuals and 10 foundations and many local businesses. Some of you were old friends but many of you were people we did not know before COVID who were just concerned about your homeless neighbors. I am not going to name you because I did not ask your permission but I have read the list over many times.
Your contributions made it easy for us to buy what we needed to make things better for our clients. From the cozy pajamas and slippers that welcome people at the isolation unit to a surprise pizza delivery for clients on a sad day, your donations made it much easier for us to remind our clients how special they are and why they deserve to stay safe.
Our friends at the TELUS Health For Good program stepped up to support us when we commandeered the mobile van to bring COVID testing to our community. The TELUS Foundation provided funding for the PPE which has kept our staff safe throughout. However, without doubt the gift we loved most were the dozens of phones with talk/ text and unlimited data. Having devices for clients to use which allowed them to keep in touch with friends and family, watch Netflix and listen to Spotify was a critical part of the success of our self-isolation program.
Who knew we needed movers on call but we did-repeatedly! Boyd Movers has helped us more times than we can count. Delivering the equipment to our isolation unit, moving the furniture for our supervised consumption site and moving massive amounts of PPE between our storage unit and our programs. Every time we called, they showed up. Amazing and fun to work with!
In the early stages of the pandemic our greatest challenge was PPE. We started with literally nothing and yet there was never a time when we did not have enough for our staff, the shelter staff and our clients. Although many times we only had enough masks or gowns for a day or two of operation, every time the situation seemed dire, a donor came forward just in time to save the day and in the end we were always fine.
Gowns-or the lack thereof-literally kept many of us awake at night. The only viable solution was to switch to cloth re-usable gowns but they were just not available any time soon. Lenore and Mike Ward stepped into the fray and found 133 other volunteer sewers making enough gowns for all of Ottawa Inner City Health and every shelter in Ottawa in just a few weeks. In addition to thanking the sewers and all of you who donated your sheets and spare fabric to their project we want to give a special thanks to C&M Textiles who donated a huge amount of fabric and gave us a hefty discount on the rest. Many of our gowns were customized to lift our spirits and we have continued to appreciate the thought and effort that went into them-especially the superhero series! The sewers even made custom gowns so the tall and the pregnant had the coverage needed to stay safe!! The Christmas ones are very popular right now of course!
Scrub caps came courtesy of our gown sewing group plus Lindsay Hickman and the Sew Ottawa Group whose efforts were so appreciated.
Nicole Beaudette, from Canadian Hydro Company partnered with Hanan and a group of engineering students from Ottawa U to churn out plastic face shields at a meteoric pace. Those face shields are still in use. Led by Mathew Elgin, countless people with 3D printers made us plastic headbands to protect our ears from the mask loops. Thanks to their efforts we have been able to avoid ending up with our ears sticking out permanently.
The engineering students were not the only University Students who came to the rescue. Early in the pandemic we were approached by the Global Health students group offering to help. 60 nursing and medical students were trained and worked the front lines until September when they returned to school. Their energy, enthusiasm and bright minds were a source of positive energy which kept us going when our energies flagged.
Masks, masks, masks!! John Pavelich, Rick Iatehoe, Tomlison Construction (Chad Haines) and countless others who just showed up with what they had available gave so generously. We always had good quality and sufficient quantity to make sure everyone had a mask whenever they needed them. In total we have had over 150,000 masks donated over the course of the pandemic and have appreciated each and every one of them.
A warm thanks to Calvary Pentecostal Church and Kingdom Culture Ministries. These churches as well as many individuals collected and donated personal items, toiletries and winter wear as well as playing a critical role in the gown sewing project. In these times when our clients have lost access to so many of the services they relied on in the past being able to make sure the basic needs are met has been more important than ever. As the familiar faces of our staff disappeared behind PPE one of our donors stepped up with home baking to remind our people using the supervised injection site that they still belong to a caring community. Thanks to Elizabeth McCullough for the countless batches of cookies and the now world famous butter tarts.
The Royal Bank is very lucky to have Andrea Cutts-Haines and Paul Higgins who organized such a generous donation to support our efforts. Andrea stepped up to every challenge that arose but in particular feeding our staff and clients. Her banana muffins actually emerged as a currency on the streets when times were very tough.
Demo Works stepped up during our move to our new supervised injection site making a sizable donation of work to support the transition process. Our Pharmacy partners at Respect RX not only supported our efforts by donating medications but also giving a sizable financial contribution.
Thanks for the Division of Orthopedics and our many friends at the Ottawa Hospital who supported us financially and shared many kinds of needed supplies to make sure we could all do our work during COVID.
I cannot finish without talking about our staff and partners as they are the ones who turned your donations into caring. For all the weeks we drove to work on empty streets, went without because we did not have time to stand in line and came to work when everyone else stayed home, I am so grateful for each of you. Even when you were scared, and tired and sick of cleaning and PPE you managed to put our clients first and kept us all safe. Thank you for being grateful for things that made life easier for our clients. Thank you for giving each other a break when it all got too much. You are simply the best.

- A grateful Wendy

NORS - The National Overdose Response Service is a national phone-based overdose prevention service to support Canadians...
12/16/2020

NORS - The National Overdose Response Service is a national phone-based overdose prevention service to support Canadians and countless Indigenous communities. The service works by clients calling 1-888-688-NORS(6677). A caller is then connected to a virtual overdose supervisor who will monitor them for 15-30 min after they use. During the call, if there is a concern of overdose - such as the client becoming non-responsive - the supervisor will connect with local 911 dispatch services. In some rural communities, there are 30min EMS response times. In this case, callers have the option of providing the number of a friend or someone they trust to respond to them should they have an overdose - in conjunction with contacting 911 emergency services.

Le Service national d’intervention en cas de surdose (SNIS) ou National Overdose Response Service (NORS) (en anglais seulement pour l’instant) est un service téléphonique pancanadien de prévention de surdoses pour soutenir les Canadiens et Canadiennes et d’innombrables communautés autochtones. Le service débute lorsqu’un client ou une cliente compose le 1 888 688-NORS (6677). La personne qui appelle rejoint alors un surveillant ou une surveillante de surdose qui la surveillera virtuellement pendant les 15 à 30 minutes qui suivent la consommation de drogues. Durant l’appel, si l’on craint une surdose (par exemple, si le client est sans réaction), le surveillant ou la surveillante communiquera avec les services locaux d’urgence du 911. Pour certaines collectivités rurales, les délais d’interventions en cas d’urgence sont de 30 minutes. Dans ces cas, les personnes qui appellent peuvent fournir le numéro de téléphone d’un ami ou d’une amie, ou d’une personne de confiance, qui pourra les aider en cas de surdose. Le service communiquera également avec les services d’urgence du 911.

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Episode 9 with Jeff Turnbull is out! The Opioid Crisis, Humanizing the Homeless & More Listen here: https://link.chtbl.com/MnhT33e8 or https://bit.ly/341ArV1 #OpioidCrisis #Homeless #mentalhealth #Fentanyl #kwadcast
u know, it would be nice to be on a mailing list for these events. congrats today! I'll see ya guys on da ramp :(
Sheila Burnett, the executive director of Shepherds of Good Hope, the Catholic social services organisation that ran Aucoin’s shelter, had an idea: she brought in a bottle of wine from home and gave Aucoin a drink when he woke up, to keep him there long enough to get his medicine.LOOK OUT HIS MEDICINE WAS WINE!! - AUCOIN'S SHELTER WAS THE OAKS
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