Special Programs

Jewish Family Services develops programs to respond to community needs, providing support, resources, and outreach opportunities.


StreetSmarts is a street-based outreach program that offers resources, referrals, and basic supplies to Ottawa’s downtown homeless population. As a consumer-led outreach program, our volunteers have lived experience, understand the effects of street culture, and are able to engage with those they are offering assistance to.

Staff is out every day, with the larger volunteer-based outreach team joining every evening from 6-9pm.  They carry seasonal clothing, granola bars, and toiletries.

The StreetSmarts facebook page is here.

For more information, please email or call our direct line at 613-979-3387.