Transitional Emergency Shelter Program (TESP)

Shelter-Worker-clientcropIn 1990, Shepherds of Good Hope created Hope Recovery to fill a need when Ottawa Detox’s philosophy evolved from basic care to treatment and there was no room for the most addicted refusing treatment.

From that, there was a recognized need to enhance existing capacity for treatment and care for people who are not engaged in services due to challenging or unsafe behaviours and lifestyle.

TESP is located on the 1st floor of 256 King Edward Ave.  It is a 49 bed program for both men and women who are not linked into the mainstream homelessness services and is used to provide specialized treatment in mental health and concurrent disorders.

Partners such as Ottawa Inner City Health, the Royal Ottawa Hospital, and Canadian Mental Health provide on site support to clients, no matter what stage of change they are at. The program focuses on engaging, stabilizing, integrating care for clients and then transferring the client into mainstream treatment. It accepts referrals from agencies all over the city, including other emergency shelters, Ottawa Police Services, hospitals, self-referrals and the Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre.

For more information on this program, please contact
Holly Whidden
613-688-2929, ext. 345