Inside Bruce House - Spring 2015

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Evenings to savour for
Bruce House

 Join us!
Swirl & Twirl
An evening featuring wine, beer and food tastings, entertainment, and a silent auction in support of Ottawa-Gatineau queer community not-for-profit organizations. Buy your tickets from Bruce House and save $10 - email us for info.
May 28.
Food and wine show welcoming over 2000 people to enjoy the delicious creations of the region’s top chefs, paired with samplings of the most renowned wineries and breweries in support of local charities.
May 5.
100 Women Who Care Ottawa
 The 100WWCO is a grassroots mobilization of fundraising for community-focused impact.
May 4.

Wish List

Can you help us with:
  • large clay plant pots
  • perrenials
  • gift cards (Loblaws, Tim Hortons, Subway)
  • air conditioners


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  Winter Weary? Bring on A Taste for Life!
A Taste For Life Logo
For almost two decades you have counted on A Taste for Life to bring spring, and this year is no exception.  Doors closed on that tired winter coat and doors open at over 40 restaurants on April 22nd.   Put on your brightest colour, call your friends and go out to dinner in support of the people in your community living with HIV and AIDS.  Delight in a night out at one of your favourite participating Taste restaurants, and in turn they will donate 25% of the evening’s proceeds to Bruce House and The Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation. Thanks to our sponsor TD, 100% of donations go directly to our services. 
Enjoy dinner out and send people to camp for the time of their lives.  Enjoy dinner out and help take a woman from shelter to transition housing.  Enjoy dinner out and give a family the dream of living independently with our support. Enjoy dinner out and be a part of a community who truly cares about health, hope and housing. It’s that easy to make life better for so many.
Check out, find your favourite restaurant, call you friends and family, reserve and have a wonderful night with thousands of people all over Ottawa.  You will be a part of something truly incredible and we are so grateful for your support. 
Let`s make Ottawa bloom. Hope made Delicious.

Helen, Our Friend
photo of HelenLast month Bruce House lost a friend, a client and a remarkable woman.  Helen Douglas left behind a legacy of compassion, energy and resilience that inspired others and left an indelible mark on our hearts.  Helen lived with HIV, but it did not define her nor did it diminish her spirit.  She had a smile that brightened the darkest days, a genuine kindness that extended to everyone she met and a deep resolve to live life with purpose. 
In life and in death Helen was a teacher.  In life she encouraged us to laugh, to be spirited and to be grateful.  In life she taught us to step out of the shadows, to stay strong in the face of adversity and to find laughter in every corner.  In life Helen made you feel like you were the only person in the room when she was talking to you, she encouraged compassion and patience.  In death she inspires us to continue to honour those qualities.

In the shadow of her death there is comfort in knowing she lived life on her own terms.  With the support of Bruce House she found health and love at the transition house under the care of our team of incredible caregivers and dedicated volunteers.  When she was ready, she found independence in the apartment program where she realized the dream of having a place to call her own.  Helen embodied what a caring community of people can accomplish together. 

In her honour we thank you for the support you give Bruce House, and our mission of home, health and hope. Helen was truly grateful for the opportunity to live life well and without you we know this might not have been possible.   We are truly thankful for your continued support and care.

“Don’t be sad – I am in a snowflake, I am in the rays of sun, I am in the sparkling of stars” – Author unknown

Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth
photo of volunteer Ruth
With spunk and charm, Ruth brightens the Bruce House office every Friday as a reception volunteer.  In her words:

It keeps me involved in the community, keeps me interested in the things that I want to be interested in.  Giving people a home, a place, because that is so necessary.  Housing is so important.

[Bruce House] is very positive, very uplifting, the people there are super.

And how did Ruth find her way to our office?

I read a notice in The Citizen.  I said, “That’s for me!”  My brother is a street person, so I know the challenges that can be faced with having to deal with [homelessness]. I guess he’s been on the street for twenty years.  He has a daughter whom I raised with my ex, since she was fifteen.

Are people aware of the role volunteers play in the non-profit sector?

No, not by a long shot.

What she would say to a friend considering volunteering at Bruce House?

Go for it!  It’s a great place, and a great cause.

Amazing volunteers contributed nearly 8000 hours of their time to Bruce House last year.  Please email for information on volunteering.

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