Dignity Advocate August 2013

 

 

Shepherds of Good Hope

August 2013
Anna’s Thoughts

You never know who is out there and prepared to help you when you most need it. 

This has been a summer of extremes — extreme storms, extreme wind and extreme heat. 

One day I was walking through our 233 Murray Street parking lot and I saw an SUV with its back hatch open and it looked like a man and woman were handing things out to our clients who milled around them.  I decided to see what was going on. 

There, with a huge smile on his face, was an individual handing out bottles of cold water, popsicles and bags of chips to any who wanted them.  I talked to him and thanked him for what he was doing.  He told me that he and his wife had two air conditioners at their home and still felt uncomfortably hot. Then they thought that if they were so uncomfortable how did people forced to live on the street feel.  He said he knew from experience what they were going through and that when he was younger he too was forced to live on the street.  It sure wasn’t any fun but life dealt him a helping hand and he was grateful.  Now it was his turn to give back.  Goodness gives back goodness and evidence of this is everywhere if we are willing to see it.

I want to say thank you to all of our Good Samaritans who care for those who have so little and need so much.  Your efforts are much appreciated by all of us.

If you would like learn more about our organization or have a tour of our facilities please call me at (613) 789-8210 #247 or email me at asilverman@shepherdsofgoodhope.com.

 

 

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Working Towards a Brighter Future

Shiband, a 22 years old woman from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia found herself having to use our Outreach Emergency Shelter Services.  She left home to escape the abuse she was receiving from her alcoholic mother.  She came to Ottawa as a nanny working for an affluent family in the south end of the city.  She was suddenly let go from that job without notice over a misunderstanding about her duties.  For the first time, she found her self alone and homeless. Then she heard about Shepherds of Good Hope.  She has been living in the shelter for a month and says she would not know what do if Shepherds of Good Hope did not exist.  She is grateful for all of the staff help and for having a roof over her head, a bed to sleep in and food in her stomach.  Her goal, she says is to be normal again. 

Shiband has now found part time work as a dance instructor and is looking hard for more permanent housing. Her life is turning around one day at a time.

We are thankful that we can help Shiband and the many others that come to us daily.  With your assistance we can continue to reach out and improve lives.

To help us help others like Shiband please click here.

 

Meet One of Our Monthly Donors
Rajiv is no stranger to Shepherds of Good Hope.  Seven years ago he and his wife decided to help people in the community by sponsoring a Christmas Hamper for a needy family.  They enjoyed fours years of helping others this way and it gave them great satisfaction. 

Occasionally Rajiv would also volunteer in the soup kitchen on weekends with large groups and thoroughly enjoyed the experience amongst his friends.  However, last Christmas changed the way Rajiv looked at Shepherds of Good Hope.  Shepherds of Good Hope was highlighted on CBC radio and through the program, Rajiv learned that Shepherds of Good Hope had several supportive housing units across the city.  Rajiv really believed in the idea of supportive housing and decided to do something more long-term to sustain this important initiative. 

That is when he called us and asked us if he could join our Friends of the Shepherds Monthly Giving Program.  By becoming a monthly donor he is saying that this was going to be more than a one-time donation. This is ongoing just like his support.  He is committed. Rajiv is a Friend of Shepherds because he believes his donations are going to a worthwhile cause and where he can make a difference to that cause.

By joining our Friends of Shepherds Monthly Giving Program you are helping  to ensure the delivery of our life saving programs every day.  Click here or call Christelle at (613) 789-8210 #225.

Legacy, a Gift That Will Live On

“The actions you take today not only impact you; they influence generations. Every matter matters for eternity.”  Dillon Burroughs

By leaving a gift in your Will, you are supporting the future for those in our care. You are giving others a chance to live because you cared.

If you would be interested in receiving more information on leaving a gift in your Will, call Anna Silverman at 613-789-8210 ext. 247 or click here.

 

Tribute Gifts

Summertime is usually the time for weddings and anniversaries? Perhaps you know someone who will be married or celebrating that special anniversary. What a wonderful way of showing you care by making a tribute gift in their honour.   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 the new bride and groom or the former bride and groom with a tribute gift, call Christelle at (613) 789-8210 #225 or click here.

 

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

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