I’ve been coming to Centre 454 for approximately a year and half, and have found that it has become a staple in my day-to-day life. Being a man who struggles with depression, I find the friendly, unbiased and knowledgeable staff to be quite helpful with their daily activities such as writing groups and personal development programs. They keep my mind engaged, which in turn keeps my mood on an even keel.
The Centre also brings in professionals from other agencies to help their clients with everything from mental health centres, housing agencies, nursing services and even addiction centres. It is for this reason that I am ever so thankful for having such a place where people like myself can come and take full advantage of the free laundry facilities, while having access to help with whatever other need that may arise in my life.
In short, I feel very fortunate that Ottawa provides such a place where I can go for whatever help I might need.
In this fast-paced era, there are increasing expectations and demands put on one’s time, energies, and emotional resources. It can be exhausting. To cope, many people erect walls and focus inward on their immediate world to make it through. It’s just easier to overlook the broader community and those we don’t know. With this approach, you may “make it through” if you’re lucky, but it seems to me that something fundamental is lost in the process.
Centre 454 is an antidote. The people who come to this Centre and those who work here reflect the truly important things in life: that we are all connected and we are all part of God’s family; that everyone needs and deserves respect, love, friendship, support, and hope, regardless of circumstances; and that what we build together is much richer and more enduring that what we can create on our own. The Centre creates a safe place of caring and understanding for everyone. I have learned so much and I am honoured to support them.
by Phil and Carole
Jesus said: “I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink, a stranger and you received me in …, naked and you clothed me, sick and you took care of me …. Whenever you did this for one of the least important of these members of my family, you did it for Me.” Centre 454 does this. That is why we support them.