By Marcie Klein, Manager, Mental Health Support Services
The Ometz Mental Health Collective Kitchen program provides skill-building opportunities and the tools necessary to make healthy choices, both nutritionally and financially. The goal of the collective kitchen is to provide information and hands-on support to help individuals living with mental illness gain skills and knowledge in; meal planning, budgeting for groceries, developing healthy eating habits, and learning to prepare low cost nutritious food that is also delicious. Group members share the responsibility for menu development, shopping, and preparation of food for weekly meals which they sit down to enjoy together.
By Janice Heft, Manager of Volunteer Services
It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week, time to celebrate and thank our volunteers for the support they provide to our clients and to the staff at Ometz. Without their assistance we could not accomplish all that we do. But of course, this appreciation begins from the moment a dedicated volunteer walks in through the door, and it lasts throughout the lifetime of the person he or she helps.
By Howard Berger and Gail Small, Co-Executive Directors, Ometz
What is Ometz? On a basic level, it’s the Hebrew word for courage. But for many Montrealers, it’s the name of a trusted service provider, helping to fulfill the needs of individuals and families, no matter how great or how small. We’re a non-profit organization wearing many hats, speaking to many different audiences, offering a countless number of services and programs; essentially, Ometz is whatever you need us to be.
We’re excited to launch our new website and our brand new blog. This is our welcome post, the first of many. Our subsequent posts will come from a variety of different voices, with topics ranging from employment to immigration to entrepreneurship to social services to training. We will have something for everyone – a mix of everything including the kitchen sink!
But the best part about our blog is the opportunity to hear from you. Tell us what courage (or Ometz) means to you. We challenge you to inspire us.