Dignity Advocate April 2014

April 2014
 (Photo provided by Ottawa Citizen)

Shepherds of Good Hope has a New CEO

On March 3, 2014 Shepherds of Good Hope accepted a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization.  The torch was passed from Sheila Burnett to Deirdre Freiheit. 

Deirdre comes to Shepherds of Good Hope from the Health Charities Coalition of Canada (HCCC) where she has been Executive Director since 2006.

Prior to joining HCCC, Deirdre spent ten years at the Canadian Lung Association where she held a variety of management positions which led to her tenure as President and CEO. 

Deirdre is a recognized leader in the charitable health sector and is frequently requested to address Boards of Directors, government groups and other organizations about the role of national health charities in relation to research, health policy and the enormous impact of Health Charities’ contributions to society.

Deirdre has lived in Ottawa for 22 years with her Husband and two children. She has worked in the area of health and health charities and is very much looking forward to contributing to our community.

Sheila who has steadfastly given over 31 years of her life caring for the poor and underprivileged will remain with the organization as Director of Care assisting the clients and programs. It is with compassion, determination, dedication to a cause and the knowledge that what she was doing was so necessary to the betterment of the lives of the people forced to live on the street.  Sheila has been an integral part of Shepherds of Good Hope and will continue to be so.

Shepherds of Good Hope is pleased to have Deirdre join the organization.

Meet John

John was born and raised in Shawville, Quebec 43 years ago and was the youngest of three boys.  His father was a general labourer and his mother worked in a factory.  John’s teenage years were like most teenagers.  John played guitar and was taken with old rock and country music. 

At 19 John left Shawville with his then wife, Sandy and came to Ottawa where he found steady employment in construction in the summer months and Tim Horton’s in the winter months.  Their marriage lasted twenty years and then came to a screeching halt.  That was a difficult time for John.  He had lost his wife which was an emotional blow but on the practical side, he could not afford to keep his apartment without the contribution from Sandy’s pay cheque to help him out. 

John was homeless and had no other choice than to do some couch surfing for over a year and then he went from shelter to shelter in between jobs.  A friend told him about Shepherds of Good Hope.  He explained that he was able to get the help he needed when he stayed there and recommended the Worker Dorm Program to John.  John just needed a helping hand.  He is awaiting room in the Worker Dorm Program and is living at the Emergency Men’s Shelter where he gets a clean bed each night, clean clothes from the Clothing Program, breakfast, lunch and evening meal at the Soup Kitchen across the street.  He has access to the showers anytime and has a housing team looking for more permanent housing when he leaves the shelter.  John knows he is in good hands and is thankful that when he needed a helping hand it was there for him.

We want to help more people like John get the help they need by providing them with the basic needs until they can get back on their feet again.  You can help us to provide this assistance by clicking here.

Anna’s Thoughts

Last week was National Volunteer Week.  Volunteers are the backbone of Shepherds of Good Hope and last year alone they gave over 64,000 hours of their time to helping those who have so little and need so much.  We are so grateful for their calling, their dedication and their passion.  Volunteers complete many tasks at Shepherds of Good Hope.  Many prepare food in the programs, cut hair, do arts and crafts, council the lonely and the lost, entertain with singing and music, do laundry, decorate the shelter and make sandwiches, just to name a few.  Volunteering makes you feel like you are making a difference and you really are!  If considering volunteering at Shepherds of Good Hope please click here.

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



Update on Our Tree of Hope Campaign

There is a Tree of Hope located in the front foyer of our Hope Living Residence in Kanata for all those entering the building to see.   This Tree of Hope represents the campaign that will assist in the enhancement of the building for the benefits of the residents.  Each leaf is a wonderful, permanent reminder of the care and compassion others feel for the residents of Hope Living. We are one third of the way to achieving our goal of $500,000 for the campaign thanks to the generosity of our donors.  You can help us reach our goal by purchasing a leaf for $2500 with your name on it, a saying that is dear to you or the name of someone you care about.  To purchase a leaf on our Tree of Hope or if you would like to purchase a leaf but need time to do so call Anna Silverman at (613) 789-8210 Ext. 247.  Or purchase one online here.


Tribute Gifts

Give a gift to mark that special occasion while helping others … graduations, Mother’s Day, anniversaries, weddings, Father’s Day, birthdays or any special occasion can be honoured by a tribute gift to Shepherds of Good Hope and it is as convenient as selecting Tribute Gift on our web site. We will conveniently send along a message with your comments to inform the intended of your gift in their name.  If you wish to honour someone with a tribute gift – click here.



Legacy, a Gift That Will Live On

The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind. ~ John Allston

Springtime has finally arrived – a new beginning and with it a chance to make a mark in someone’s life. Why not consider making a gift in your Will to those vulnerable men and women in the care of Shepherds of Good Hope?
A legacy gift will live on to help the most at risk in our community get the care that they so desperately need and deserve.  This is a gift that can continue to bring hope to those who have so little and require so much.  If you are interested in receiving more information on leaving a legacy click here.

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