Community Ministries

Poverty, abuse, and homelessness violate the vision of dignity for all people that God wants us to enjoy.

Every parish in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa regularly provides for people facing economic and social challenges in their neighbourhood and community, whether rural, suburban, central, or inner-city.

The most common forms of support include confidential meetings with clergy (pastoral counselling) and routine donations to local food banks and clothing depots. Our church buildings are often the hospitable venue for a free hot breakfast, lunch or dinner; a nearly new shop, or a seasonal bazaar.

In addition, four highly effective charitable organizations - our Community Ministries - are funded and overseen by the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. They have dynamic and caring staff and directors. They receive contributions of time, funds, and supplies from many sources. They are appreciated and trusted by their partners and clients.

Anglican Social Services - Centre 454

Centre 454 Day program for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Anglican Social Services' Centre 454 is a day program providing drop-in counselling, practical supports, and recreational activities for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It is one of a handful of area day programs receiving funding support from the City of Ottawa.

Centre 454 has been providing services in Ottawa since 1954. What began humbly as a support service by a member of the Anglican Church Army for men in jail has evolved into a multi-service centre offering a range of social and health services. In 1976, Anglican Social Services moved to St. Alban the Martyr Church at 454 King Edward Ave. and came to be known as Centre 454.

Centre 454 welcomes more than 250 men, women, and children each day, helping them transform their lives with respect and dignity. Without Centre 454, many would be spending their days on the street or in very unsafe conditions.

The Centre 454 services consist of:
  • Hospitality
  • Chaplain
  • Social and recreation programs
  • Supportive counselling
  • Help with the Ontario Disability Support Program application process
  • Weekend activities
  • In-reach: on-the-spot health, educational, and personal services

All programs and services have been developed with a focus on building a community among Centre 454 clients, volunteers and staff, and to address the emerging needs of each individual within the community at Centre 454. Safety, dignity and respect are paramount in all plans, discussions and activities.

To learn more about the programs and services at Centre 454, or the different ways you can help, visit the The Centre 454 website. Many parishes and individuals in the diocese regularly offer time, funds, and prayers, and answer calls for emergency or seasonal supplies and services.

Choose Hope!

454 King Edward Avenue
Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 7M8
Tel: 613-235-4351
Fax: 613-232-4919

↑ top

Cornerstone | Le Pilier

Cornerstone Residential services for homeless women

Cornerstone Housing for Women offers a wide range of residential services to assist homeless women seeking housing, healing, and new opportunities.

Cornerstone has four thriving residential communities.
  • Supportive Housing at 515 MacLaren provides permanent affordable housing for 20 women
  • The Women's Shelter at 172 O'Connor Street provides short-term accommodation for up to 55 women per day, altogether 400 beds per year
  • Supportive Housing at McPhail House offers transitional housing for six women
  • Supportive Housing at 314 Booth Street provides 42 self-contained apartments. 20 apartments are geared for seniors

To learn more about the programs and services at Cornerstone, or the different ways you can help, visit the Cornerstone website

Thank you for Choosing Hope with us!

Please contact:
Cornerstone/ Le Pilier
172 O'Connor St.
Ottawa, ON K2P 1T5
Fax 613-237-5659

↑ top

St Luke's Table

St Luke's Table is a day program that provides support services for individuals who are in need of a safe and supportive environment, all are welcome! Along with breakfast and lunch, we provide: recreational and health services, crisis intervention, practical supports such as hygiene supplies, computer and telephone access, assistance finding community resource information and on site outreach services from several community agencies.

Located in the basement of St Luke's Anglican Church, St Luke's Table receives over 46,000 visits each year from individuals seeking a place to be a part of a community where dignity and freedom are valued. Participants volunteer daily and are an integral part of the services and values the program is based upon.

To learn more about St Luke's Table and how you can support our program please visit our website: and follow us on our Facebook page: St Luke's Table

Or contact:
Shea Kiely
Executive Director
St Luke's Table
760 Somerset St West
Ottawa, ON K1R 6P9
(613) 238-4193

↑ top

Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre

OPC Individual, couple and family psychotherapy for those facing life challenges

For more than 30 years, the Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre has been helping people face a wide variety of life challenges. The Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre provides psychotherapy to anyone in need, regardless of religion, gender or race. Professional staff members provide psychotherapy that goes beyond what a local pastor may be able to offer.

Located in the Bronson Centre in downtown Ottawa, the Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre provides counselling in individual, marital, family, separation and divorce, depression, grief, sexual orientation, and personal crises.

It is a community-based service rooted in Christian beliefs and values, and open to any person in need.

Please contact:
Intake & Administrative Support
Ottawa Pastoral Centre
209 - 211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5

Sharon York
Clinical Coordinator/Psychotherapist
613-235-2516 Ext. 224

↑ top

The Well | La Source

The Well A gathering place for women and women with children

Located in St. John the Evangelist Church, The Well / La Source is a spiritual and justice-based gathering place for women, and women with children. We provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment where women come together to empower each other and nourish the whole person.

The Well / La Source has laundry, telephone, computer, and shower facilities for use by the women.

Along with a light breakfast and hot, nutritious lunch, we also offer a wide range of social, health-related, educational and recreational programs, housing support, chaplaincy services, crisis intervention, community information and group support.

The Well is always in need of a varied and ever-changing list of items and truly appreciates ongoing concern and generosity. You can find out what it needs most at their "Wishing Well" - everyday list. Donations can be dropped off at The Well/La Source on Monday from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., or Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please contact:
Rachel Robinson, Co-Director
The Well / La Source
154 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON K2P OH8
613-594-8861 Fax: 613-594-5878

↑ top

Diocesan Facebook page   Diocesan Twitter page

Print this page   Text Decrease  Text Incease
Submit a calendar posting

Coat of Arms
The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
71 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa ON K1R 6G6
Tel: 613-232-7124
Fax: 613-232-7088
Request to use the Diocese of Ottawa Coat of Arms

Donate to the Diocese through Canada Helps

Privacy Standards Policy: It is our intention to comply fully with Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act;
we collect, retain, and distribute personal information in accordance with the Act's principles