Anna Silverman, Executive Director of Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation & Deirdre Freiheit, Chief Executive Officer, Shepherds of Good Hope
It is almost Christmas time and although it is a time of great joy for many, for others it can be a heartbreaking time. At Shepherds of Good Hope we do everything we can to make this time as enjoyable as possible for the people in our care.
For instance, volunteer choirs come to sing in our programs, volunteers show up with their ugly Christmas Sweaters and funny hats often singing favourite Christmas songs as they bustle around the soup kitchen throughout the month of December. Christmas decorations are draped across our programs and candy canes are handed out throughout the month.
Christmas Eve is magical with our outdoor Mass and burning barrels held right in the shelter parking lot and following the Mass hot chocolate and home-baked goodies are served to everyone in the Soup Kitchen. Later on everyone staying in our shelters receives a present and the next day they all feast on a hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
You make it possible for us to make this Christmas season what it should be for those amongst us who have nothing. Thank you on behalf of those with such a small voice and such a large need.
On behalf of Deirdre Freiheit, myself and everyone at Shepherds of Good Hope we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
If you would like more information on Shepherds of Good Hope or a tour of our facilities please contact me at (613) 789-8210 #247 or firstname.lastname@example.org