Dignity Advocate May 2013

Shepherds of Good Hope May 2013
Working Towards a Brighter Future

Paul J was a chronic shelter user and first came to Shepherds of Good Hope in 2004.  At that time, Paul was laid off from his recent employment and was evicted from his home.  Paul also had anger management issues which were greatly manifested through his recreational drinking.  Paul would often cause major disturbances in the middle of the night with his bunk mates in the shelter.  Clearly, Paul’s life was spiraling out of control.

In November of 2011, Paul decided to turn his life around when he joined the Worker Dorm Program. This is a program designed to help people maintain employment and secure more permanent housing.  The Worker Dorm Program provided structure for Paul.  He had to get ready for his job each morning at the same time and would get a bag lunch from the Soup Kitchen to take to work with him. During this period of time, his Case Manager worked closely with Paul to jointly achieve the goals he set for himself. He was prompted to take his medication every day. They worked together to budget and save for eventual housing outside of the shelter as well.  The Case Manager set a plan for Paul’s conflict resolution skill building. Paul benefited from the patient and continuous support from the staff and his Case Manager.  Over the following months, Paul was showing signs in many areas that he was actively working to improve his life’s circumstances. 

It all paid off.  Paul left the shelter in February of 2012 with his medication stabilized, finances in order and coping skills to handle his anger issues. He has not used shelter services since but he will still stop in to say hi to the staff, grateful for the second chance that Shepherds of Good Hope made possible. 

To help us help others like Paul please click here.

Anna’s Thoughts

I am so proud of this organization that I support.  Every day 1600 are assisted in some way by our efforts.  This is no small feat.  We feed, clothe, shelter and offer medical and mental health assistance to those who otherwise would be devoid of any comfort. 

Where would the poor and the homeless go without us to support them? If you would like learn more about our organization or take a tour of the facilities please call me at (613) 789-8210 #247 or email me at asilverman@shepherdsofgoodhope.com.

After all, everyone needs a home. Everyone deserves a home.

 

Meet One of Our Monthly Donors

Jocelyne Montcalm Pook is one of our newest monthly donors.  She tells her story that her cousin, Danny lost his life on December 3rd of 2012.  He was the first of her family to pass away and his loss to the family was extreme.  She describes Danny as a wonderful, sweet, loving person who struggled in life and eventually found his home at Shepherds of Good Hope.   Danny’s obituary stated in lieu of flowers donations to Shepherds of Good Hope would be appreciated.  Jocelyne wanted to honour his life in an on-going manner and decided to give monthly in memory of Danny.  As she said, “You helped him, now I will help you.”

There are other Dannys in this world that need our help. 

Like Jocelyne, you too can help provide continuous support for the most vulnerable men and women who have so little and need so much by joining our Friends of Shepherds Monthly Giving Program.

For more information, contact Christelle Rouette at (613) 789-8210 # 225 or Christelle@shepherdsofgoodhope.com.

 

Tribute Gifts

Give a gift that will help … Anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, graduations 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

By leaving a gift in your Will…you are supporting the future for those in our care.

It isn’t just about today.  It is about the future.  Shepherds of Good Hope would dearly wish to put ourselves out of business but homelessness is destined to be around for a very long time to come.  By leaving a gift in your Will you can be assured that the many men and women who continue to come through our doors every day will have a future.  If you are interested in receiving more information on leaving a gift in your Will click here.


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