Last year, Windsor’s Downtown Mission, through its various programs…

  • Provided 14,600 safe nights of accommodations

  • Answered 2500 distress calls

  • Served in excess of 265,000 meals, more than 725 each day

  • Provided clothing to 8,500 individuals

  • Rescued more than 1,400,000 pounds of food and distributed it to 43 schools and partner services

  • More people than we can count were treated with respect, shown love, were given hope and shown compassion. Everyone that we came into contact with was shown God’s love through the example of our staff and volunteers.

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Employment Opportunities

We are accepting applications for the following positions:

The Distress Centre of the Downtown Mission


519-256-5000 - Call (12 noon - 12 Midnight)

147147 or 741741 - Text (2 pm - 2 am)

Online help, Click HERE (2 pm - 2 am)

Open 365 days a year!

Suicide is the leading cause of death among people under the age of 25. There are several community agencies that provide crisis counselling and help for people contemplating taking their lives. However, young adults wanting to access those services or get information about available programs may not use traditional sources of information gathering. Unable to find those resources increases the risk of doing harm.

The Downtown Mission is pleased to announce that it will soon be providing support to people in need of help through social media platforms including a new text and chat service working in conjunction with Distress and Crisis Centres Ontario. Mission staff and volunteers will be trained to ensure the effective and successful delivery of this new service to those in need of support and prefer these methods of communication, perhaps over phone calls.

Hurting individuals in need of support will now be able to reach out for help via text to 147147 or 741741 or via chat through www.downtownmission.com. Until local Mission Staff and Distress Centre Volunteers are trained to respond to these types of requests, local requests for help will be answered by Call Responders from around the province who are already trained in this manner and are able to respond via text or chat from 2 pm to 2 am each day. It is anticipated that local Staff and Volunteers will be trained and providing these new services to our community members as early as January 2017.

Ron Dunn, Executive Director is pleased that the Downtown Mission is playing a leading role in this imitative, “The statistics are staggering. A recent study by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and Canadian Mental Health Association, has discovered a 143 percent increase in suicide attempts by youth aged 10-19. That’s just in our community! One young person attempting to take their own life is tragic, an increase of 143% is simply unacceptable. If one teen finds the help and resources they need from this program, it’s worth it!”

People in crisis who prefer to speak to someone over the phone, are encouraged to call 519-256-5000 between 12 pm and 12 am any day and speak with a Distress Centre of The Downtown Mission Phone Volunteer, a service that has been a part of the Windsor-Essex Community since 1968.


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