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.