MFSO Response to the Current Crisis in Mental Health and Elder Care Services
- People of all faiths and communities struggling with mental health issues.
- Elders from the Somali and Arabic speaking communities who haven’t been able to go out for groceries or social contact.
- Arabic-speaking newcomers who arrived in Canada just before the crisis hit.
- People in small towns with few culturally-responsive mental health services calling to ask us for help.
- Families in which existing tensions are intensified because of the current quarantine.Young people of all faiths and communities afraid for the future.
- Old people of all faiths and communities who are all alone with nowhere to turn.
MFSO is helping all these people and many more, together with our partners Ottawa Muslim Senior’s Services (OMSS), MyPlace Home Care, and Islam Care Centre.
United Muslim Organizations of Ottawa-Gatineau (UMO-OG) – COVID-19 Relief + Support
The United Muslim Organizations of Ottawa-Gatineau (UMOOG), supported by Muslim Family Services of Ottawa (MFSO), has prepared the following form for isolated or vulnerable people of ANY faith, culture, or community in need of food, supplies, or free professional phone / web counselling. Please fill out or share this simple, confidential, professionally administered form.
Office Closure due to COVID-19:
Beginning Tuesday, March 16th, MFSO’s office, including all its in-person appointments and programs, is closed until further notice. Please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com for any questions or if you or anyone you know requires support or referrals to services.
We pray that our community remains healthy and happy during these unprecedented circumstances.
Muslim Family Services of Ottawa (MFSO) is a non-profit community service and mental health organization serving the residents of Ottawa of all communities. Our focus areas include Muslims with mental health issues as well as vulnerable, marginalized, racialized, and low-income Muslims and residents of the downtown core. We house Ottawa’s first culturally-responsive counselling and psychotherapy centre offering a variety of services, as well as a research and education department. We work hand in hand with Islam Care Centre, Ottawa’s downtown Muslim organization and our long-standing partner. We have also developed a variety of key strategic partnerships to better serve our community.
Founded in May 2011, Muslim Family Services of Ottawa (MFSO) seeks to maintain healthy individuals and families through a holistic approach which includes accessible services, supports, and education in the Ottawa region. We aim to serve, in a professional and compassionate manner, people facing mental health issues. We are committed to serving the most vulnerable and marginalized people in our community, and to challenging gendered violence, anti-blackness, Islamophobia, and other forms of oppression. Furthermore, MFSO aims to provide a welcoming safe space for both Muslims and people of all faith and non-faith affiliations. We also seek to establish long term partnerships with other service providers in order to better serve our community.
MFSO recognizes that our work takes place on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation and strives to work in solidarity with the Indigenous communities of these lands.
We are grateful to the following partners for their collaboration and support.