Dignity Advocate August 2014

August 2014

Bart’s New Beginnings

When Bart came to live at the Enhanced Support Program (ESP) he was fearful that he might have cancer and was going to pass away like many of his family members had previously. He was losing weight, had severe gastric problems and was anxious because he knew something was very wrong. With the support of Shepherds of Good Hope, Ottawa Inner City Health and the Royal Ottawa Health team, his fears of having cancer were laid to rest and he received immediate medical attention for his weight loss, stomach issues, and feelings of loss and fear. From that point forward, Bart focused on getting clean and sober which meant terminating his relationship with his long-time girlfriend as she was still actively drinking. This was extremely difficult for him but all the ESP staff supported him by listening, encouraging and helping him to write a heart-felt letter saying goodbye.  Bart started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings regularly and soon found a sponsor who had assisted him in finding his own place to live. Bart’s life took on a new direction when he moved out of the shelter. He still regularly checks in to say hi and to find out how everyone is doing but his goals remain steadfast: to stay sober and keep healthy relationships. Bart now lives in a nice neighbourhood which he very much enjoys and feels safe and contented.

Won’t you help us to support more people like Bart to achieve a better life?  Click here to help.

Anna’s Thoughts

Ottawa Redblacks and Ottawa Fury Make A Difference

On July 28th, the Ottawa Redblacks, Ottawa Fury and the Ottawa Redblacks Cheer Team came for a tour of our shelter and to serve over 350 meals at lunch!

On August 15th and 17th anyone who buys tickets to the REDBLACKS or Fury game with this order form, or by contacting Mike Sutcliffe at 613-232-6767 ext. 8416 // msutcliffe@oseg.ca to get your tickets (specify you want your tickets on behalf of Shepherds of Good Hope) will have a percentage of their ticket price donated to Shepherds of Good Hope. So now you can come show your support for both your team and your community, it’s a win-win!

If you would like more information about the programs and services of Shepherds of Good Hope or would like a tour call me at (613) 789-8210 extension 247 or email me at asilverman@shepherdsofgoodhope.com

 

What Our Monthly Donors Are Saying
Alice has recently joined our Friends of the Shepherds Monthly Giving Program. When asked why she decided to donate monthly she explained she saw the women ‘just like her’ that were in the prime years of life and who had only the clothes on their backs.  She saw the struggles that these women have living on the street as she walked by our main shelter daily on her way to work.

Alice knows that she has been fortunate in life and that for some reason these women had experienced nothing positive.  She wanted to help them on an on-going basis and thought that making sure she gave monthly was the perfect way to do that.  Like Alice, you too can support the lonely; the lost in spirit and the homeless find a better life for themselves.

If you would like to join our Friends of the Shepherds Monthly Giving Program contact Christelle Rouette or sign up on line.

Strawberry Social

What is the definition of FUN?  When you bring together great food, music and community you know this is what fun is all about.

Summertime means strawberries and at Hope Living strawberries were abound.  The first Strawberry Social took place in July .  What a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to join the residents of Hope Living to enjoy all that summer’s bounty can offer. 

From the activities co-ordinator, Laura who was busy making the dining area into a strawberry haven to the very enthusiastic cooking staff that were so

proud to display their strawberry delights one could tell this was going to be a very enjoyable evening.

To add a little spice to the already very sweet affair was a volunteer entertainer, Harvey Rule, a.k.a. Elvis who definitely transformed the event into a rocking good time.

The residents of Hope Living really enjoy their home and the community around them and it is plain to see why.

Tree of Hope Video

When the Ottawa Catholic School Board learned about the Tree of Hope project, they knew that it was something they wanted to be a part of. They worked with us to create a video so that they could show everyone how their support was making a difference in the community. The video turned out great and really speaks to why this campaign is so important for the people that we serve. Please watch the video and then click here to pledge a leaf and help to provide a dignified home for the men and women at Hope Living. If you would like more information about the campaign or you wish to arrange a tour of Hope Living please contact Micah Garten.
Find out more about Tree of Hope

 

Legacy, A Gift That Will Live On

In life, whatever part you play, be remembered as part of a legacy…of changing humanity for the better. It’s that legacy that never dies” – Anonymous

Giving so that others stop suffering is changing humanity for the better.  By leaving a gift in your Will to Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation, your legacy is providing more than compassion towards all the vulnerable men and women that we serve. It is giving them a chance at living a better life.

Your legacy gift will live on to help the most at-risk in our community get the care that they so desperately need and the dignity they deserve.  This is a gift that can ensure a future of hope for those who have so little and require so much.  If you are interested in receiving more information on leaving a legacy contact Micah Garten.

Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation
233, rue Murray Street – Ottawa ON K1N 5M9
613.789.8210  |  lauren@shepherdsofgoodhope.com

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