Soul Space is a collective of community members and the faith community at First United Church who aim to attend to the spiritual care needs of street health, harm reduction, community and social service workers in Ottawa. An ongoing lack of public funding for housing and food security, the opioid crisis, toxic drug supply, and the COVID-19 pandemic, makes these frontline workers at risk of experiencing burn-out, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue: conditions that can take months to years to recover from. 

Our goal is to provide low-barrier café socials, wellness workshops, day and weekend retreats that support holistic wellness. Some examples of activities include: 
  • Yoga and other movement practices
  • Forest bathing
  • Creating with clay
  • Self-care strategies to address physical strains related workplace stress & strain  
  • Mindfulness and meditation practices
  • Social gatherings
  • Peer support
  • ‚Äčand more...
While working with many community members and diverse communities, Soul Space programs and finances are managed by First United.
For more information, please visit the Soul Space website-