Street Outreach — in 2020
The Downtown Rideau Street Outreach Program, produced in partnership with Centre 454 of the Anglican Social Services, provides early intervention to individuals in crisis by engaging them on street with support; and providing businesses with an alternative to calling police or 911 for assistance. This program, sponsored by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A, is an integral part of providing a welcoming experience and community service in Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion & Theatre District.
The Downtown Rideau Street Outreach program also includes a daytime drop-in service at Centre 454 for individuals to go during inaccessible hours at homeless shelters. The drop-in is limited in capacity this year due to COVID-19, but Centre 454 has introduced a visitor rotation system to accommodate a maximum number of people while complying with COVID-19 safety measures. It provides much needed showers and washroom facilities for struggling individuals in our community and connection to support services and socialization.
June 8 – August 28 (12 weeks)
9:00AM to 3:30PM (Monday-Friday)
- Provide DRBIA members with a phone number to call instead of police or 911 to respond to social service-related matters
- Connect individuals in crisis to social services support
- Provide a daytime drop-in service at Centre 454 for individuals to go during inaccessible hours at homeless shelters
- Encourage individuals to use the daytime drop-in service to access a variety of services including food, socialization, showers, counselling and connection to social services support
- Document activity for evaluation to identify service gaps
- Maintain positive community relations with all Downtown Rideau stakeholders