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Somerset West Community Health Centre

Site: Ottawa - Eccles St

Service: Needle Exchange Safer Inhalation Program

Alternate Name NESI ; NESI Van ; OCR
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
55 Eccles St
Ottawa, ON K1R 6S3
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Intersection Booth St and Somerset St W
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free occasional parking on the street * limited visitor parking at the back
Description and Services
Description (Service) Program distributes tools for safer smoking and intravenous drug use, and supplies for safer sex * confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental support and referrals to related services available.

NESI Drop In: pick up harm reduction supplies, referrals for medical walk in, advocacy and accompaniments to courts, tribunals, etc; support in a non-judgmental environment, coffee, peer support, computers and long distance phone calls available * individuals can also grab a five pack of stems or fits from the reception or medical walk-in.

NESI Van: delivers harm reduction and sexual health supplies city-wide to individuals and picks up used supplies.

Foot Outreach: outreach and peer workers are out on foot throughout the week in different neighborhoods to distribute gear.

NESI Peer program: for individuals looking to make a healthy connection with other peers who use drugs * every Thursday, the peer program compensates four peers for two hours of work * work ranges from preparing smoking and injection supplies and gear, workshops and/or gardening * call in each Thursday at 1 pm to put your name in the draw to work * Women's Breakfast 3rd Wednesday of the month
Hours NESI Drop-in Mon-Wed, Fri 9 am-4 pm * Thu 1 pm-4 pm 
NESI Van Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat 5 pm-11:30 pm * Wed 5 pm-10 pm 
Foot Outreach hours are irregular, call an outreach worker to meet for details
Areas Served Ottawa - NESI Van: greater Ottawa area
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Individuals 16 years and older
Application To receive gear, drop in, call the van's number, or call an outreach worker at 613-290-0363 or 613-295-4329

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Languages English
Fees None
Service Categories Contraception ; Day Labour ~ Drug Use Disorders ; Needle Exchange/Distribution Programs ; Outreach Programs ; Substance Use Disorder Drop In Programs
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-238-8210 ; NESI Drop-In and Peer Program ext 2246 (accepts collect calls) ; NESI Workers Stan ext 2392
After Hours Phone NESI Outreach Van 613-761-0003
Fax 613-688-2766
Social Media Facebook
Other Details
Funding Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 118881671 RR 0001
Print Material Monthly newsletter * safer smoking & injection brochures
Resources Website

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