Dignity Advocate July 2014

July 2014

Thoughts from Anna

I would like to share this comment that came from our Shepherds of Good Hope Facebook page.

“When I was younger I needed and used your services. A clean toothbrush means the world!  Years later I graduated high school through my co-op hours helping out with your clothing room and serving lunch to people accessing services at Shepherds of Good Hope.  Some of my fondest memories come from Sheps; some of my life-long friends as well.  Don’t thank me.  Thank you for everything.  You gave me food to eat, a place to sleep and helped me to graduate school.  I am forever in your debt.”

Need I say more? 

Shepherds of Good Hope is so much more than a Soup Kitchen.  We reach out to the lonely, the forgotten and the lost.  No one is ever turned away because we care. With your help we can continue to bring life-saving programs every day to those who have nothing because everyone in our care is important and everyone deserves a life of dignity.

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

We are happy to report that thanks to all the initial donations to the Tree of Hope Campaign we have begun transforming Hope Living. Our tenants are thrilled to have a safe space that promotes independence and helps them to address their mental and physical health concerns. However there is still more work to be done before Hope Living will truly be home to tenants who live there. By pledging to purchase a $2500 leaf on the Tree of Hope, you can help make this happen. Your support will tell the clients that they are not alone, and that you believe that everybody needs a home and everybody deserves a home. To learn more about Hope Living or the Tree of Hope Campaign please contact Micah Garten.

CLICK HERE to see a video about Hope Living and the Tree of Hope

What Our Monthly Donors Are Saying

Lee has recently joined our Friends of the Shepherds Monthly Giving Program. When asked why she decided to donate monthly she explained that in her religion and culture – the Muslim faith – during the month of Ramadan each person must fast in order to donate what they would have eaten to the less fortunate by the end of the month.

By giving monthly to Shepherds of Good Hope Lee is continuing to follow her faith every month of the year not just during Ramadan.  She knows that her money is helping those who have so little and need so much every day all year long.

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

Make Your Birthday Something to Celebrate!

Your birthday is something to celebrate. This is the very day that life began for you.  Imagine helping others to have a better life simply by celebrating your special day.

Why not encourage friends and family to donate to Shepherds of Good Hope as their gift to you?  After all, isn’t that the greatest gift of all – helping others who have nothing to realize their hopes?   We will set up a donation page in honour of your birthday and you can share the link with your friends and family to ensure that they provide a gift which is truly meaningful.  We will send you a list of everyone who contributed and share with you how your special day made a difference in the lives of people who need so much and have so little.

If you would like to set up your birthday registration or any occasion (anniversary, graduation etc.) please contact Lauren.

Homeless No More

John came to Ottawa from White Church, Ontario in September of 2013.  He had been involved in a very bad house fire there and had been hospitalized with his injuries.  When he left hospital he was essentially left homeless.  He was a broken man with multiple burns and partial blindness that left him without the ability to read and operate machinery.
 
John decided to make a new life in Canada’s Capital and being a self-confessed country boy felt a little unsettled for the first few months.  When the little savings John had depleted, a friend suggested that John come to Shepherds of Good Hope.  John said that the staff of Shepherds of Good Hope were very supportive right from the moment he walked into the shelter.
 
They recognized that getting work for John right away may be difficult because of his disabilities and were able to find a government source of funding for people like John.  All of John’s personal items were lost in the fire and so staff helped John get identification and a health card.  John soon moved from the Emergency Men’s Shelter to the Enhanced Support Program where he was awaiting more permanent housing and concentrating on building greater life skills.
 
The final day came on July 9th, 2014.  John walked out of the shelter for the last time.  He then walked into his very own home.  He was truly overjoyed and said that he would like to come back to visit all of the people who he says, ‘gave me a leg up’ when I needed it.

We wish John luck in his future.  If you would like to help more people like John who have fallen on hard times and just need a leg up click here.


Legacy, A Gift That Will Live On

What we do for ourselves dies with us.  What we do for others remains and is immortal. – Anonymous

Doing for others through legacy giving is like living far into the future.  By leaving a gift in your Will to Shepherds of Good Hope, part of your legacy can be compassion towards all the vulnerable men and women that we serve.

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.


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