In 2013, Soldiers Helping Soldiers was founded in Ottawa by Captain Vicki Ryan. Since then, Soldiers Helping Soldiers Ottawa has become part of the fabric of the community that serves the homeless, a trusted and valued partner to many service providers, and a source of real support for veterans.
The Ottawa team’s dedication and efforts led to the creation of Soldiers Helping Soldiers as a national not-for-profit in 2017, supported by key partners, including the Canadian Armed Forces and Support our Troops. These foundations, experiences, and lessons learned from the years of volunteerism in Ottawa are being shared with and leveraged by new Chapters being formed elsewhere in Canada.
Soldiers Helping Soldiers aids in the recognition and identification of homeless Veterans, connects with them, and connects them to program and service providers — with a view to reducing the risk, mitigating the effects, accelerating recovery from, and supporting life beyond homelessness.
Ottawa Mission outreach
We conduct outreach activities at the Ottawa Mission, including working with kitchen staff, being involved at the Addiction and Trauma Clinic and working in their outreach office.
Shepherds of Good Hope
Our services in the SOGH dining room allow us to meet with homeless Veterans and help connect them to service providers.
Our volunteers and mission partners visit shelters, homeless missions and areas known to be frequented by homeless people to help connect veterans with service providers.
Our local partners
35 Waller Street
233 Murray Street
2323 Riverside Drive
265 Montreal Road