Advocate for poor retires, calls work a "rich privilege"
At age 60, after 16 years, Mary-Martha Hale is retiring this month as executive-director of Centre 454, a day drop-in for the poor and needy.
In the matrix of services for the poor and homeless, Centre 454 found a need. Unlike shelters that feed and house, it is only open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and does not serve regular meals. But for those with chaotic, lonely or desperate lives, it offers an oasis for friendship and counselling, and acts as a portal for help with addictions, housing, education or employment. It also has a beautiful, tranquil side garden set into a hill below the city’s grit and sweat and noise.
“I just think of myself as an ordinary person who has had the privilege of being part of this. It has been a privilege for me to have been here.” Continue reading in The Ottawa Citizen
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