Walker: The love of neighbors shines in this dark moment

If you travel somewhere along Carling Street in Ottawa, you will find a row of high-rise buildings in a community with a large number of seniors. That landscape represents thousands of vulnerable citizens.

To me, this vision has symbolized a threat to people we can't see. But from feeding children to protecting victims of domestic abuse, many people are working to make them and others visible and find ways to help. And they're seeking support on social media and seeding hope in the coronavirus news stream.

Charities that support our city's most vulnerable groups are being forced to come up with safe ways to provide help that is increasingly scarce. What is needed most now is money, with so many people suffering the damage, which will cause a shortage of supplies.

Amy Friesen, founder of Tea & Toast, works with seniors and looks with many other volunteers

"Currently, we are working with community centers and other agencies in Ottawa to Seniors in communities who dare not go out provide food boxes. This is an additional measure to ensure the safety of seniors and limit their access, "she said.

Carin Avenue. Near Carlingwood Ave.

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Sam Laprade established a fundraising business, from strategic planning to radio shows on donations. She was not surprised by what she saw.

"We will realize more than ever that we live in a community where kindness is brighter than any fear. Laplade said," Our global currency will exceed the US dollar and cents, and it will become how much we have. Man has spent the darkest period of our lives.

The instructions to stay home are a challenge for women and children. Whose house is at risk. Financial and emotional stress can exacerbate an already difficult situation, and without any support without leaving or unable to leave Experts believe this will be a high-risk period.

Wendy Mitchell is the chapter director of the Ottawa Housing Shelter. She said: "I help people who have suffered violence to maintain their dignity and property integrity and safety. We do this because everyone should be protected from violence and feel safe in their own home.

For vulnerable families, the pandemic makes things even more difficult, and the numbers are already alarming. At an institutional Caldwell Family Center one block away, they already provide 2,700 meals and more than 1,000 after-school snacks each month. Everything has changed.

"After school starts, children can have a full meal through the school's breakfast plan, and many schools also provide lunch," said director Marilyn Matheson. "Usually, during the March holidays, we will hold March holiday camps and make sure children get healthy meals, but since the day we cancelled, we have seen more and more children bring their parents in for takeaway meals.

Today, a nearby motel also lived with more than 500 people because there was no place for them and there was only a microwave in the room. Families especially need baby food and diapers. Some people have been there for years.

Although it is easy to feel helpless, La Pradet thinks we will see the best people.

"When all is said and we go through all of this, she hopes that charity activities are not only carried out through strong non-profit organizations, but also at the micro level of each community, and people are more than ever Caring for others. "

Friesen added:" We are also collecting volunteers to ensure that we can work on the Facebook group "Ottawa Angels" when demand increases.

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