Dignity Advocate July 2013

Shepherds of Good Hope

July 2013
Anna’s Thoughts

Welcome to Hope Living, 145 Castlefrank Road!  

My team and I have just come back from our first official tour of our newest facility in Kanata and I could not be more pleased with what I saw.

This supportive living residence is a lovely home for our clients with expansive, open spaces and multiple, large windows, cosy sitting rooms, a well-appointed dining facility and sprawling grounds.  Outside of the common areas each client enjoys their own privately controlled heated and cooled room complete with full ensuite bathroom.

Our supportive staff made the transition from downtown to the west end as smooth as possible and best of all, our clients look relaxed, smiling and healthy!  Away from the downtown toxicity, away from the noise and pollution – this is a dream location come true.

If you would like learn more about this newest facility in our organization or have a tour of the building 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.


Let Us Know What You Think!

Please take our 2013 Donor Survey

Shepherds of Good Hope Saves Lives

James A. had everything he could want.  He owned a construction company, his own home and boat in the West Island of Montreal.  He had lots of friends and a love interest but something went wrong.  James started to associate himself with the seedier side of society.  It was easy to make some fast money by illegal means and soon drugs and alcohol became his recreation and incarceration soon ensued.  James developed a chip on his shoulder and fought authority instead of respecting it and watched as his house, boat and company were liquidated to pay for his habits.  This was followed by more jail time.

James was homeless and addicted and wound up couch surfing in Ottawa where he thought he could make a new start.  The new start never came.  He was able to get a few jobs in the By-Ward Market but nothing kept his head afloat — that was until he found Shepherds of Good Hope.  Staff at Shepherds of Good Hope noticed James’ energy and drive and decided to channel it into more productive ways.  Soon James was working around the shelter – giving back.  He found help with his addictions and is now living at the Oaks on Merivale Road in the Managed Alcohol Program.  He has a room of his own with a private bathroom.  He works around the buildings and has made friends with all of the other participants in the program.  He credits Shepherds of Good Hope with having saved his life.  James is stable, healthier, has gained weight and has lost that chip on his shoulder for good.  James is a valued member of those in our care and makes a positive difference to those around him.

To help us help others like James please click here.

Meet One of Our Monthly Donors

Judy has been a monthly donor with Shepherds of Good Hope for 2 years. She tells her story that 14 years ago, her boss in high tech asked her to find families at Christmas to assist by buying them a full Christmas meal.  She immediately turned to Shepherds of Good Hope’s Christmas Hamper Program and sponsored two families.  For several weeks, she was the main contact between the company she worked for and the two families they sponsored and soon saw a different side of those living on the poverty line.  These two humble families were so grateful for any assistance her company could offer and she kept that warmth with her until she decided to help out the poor and impoverished on her own.

Fast forward a number of years.  Judy and her husband had a fondness for Shepherds of Good Hope.  They were different as they were the only shelter that helped both men and women.  Judy decided to help women’s programs. She said she could see women as women and not as street people.  They deserved compassion and dignity and her donation was going to help this happen.  Two years ago she decided to join the Friends of Shepherds Monthly Giving Program because as she said, “I didn’t have to think about it anymore.  It comes off my VISA monthly and I need not do anything else.  Best of all, it is going to my cause of choice.”

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

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A tree planted or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Something your mind or hand created so that when you are gone and people look at that tree you planted, you’re there because you cared.”  Anonymous

By leaving a gift in you 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 click here.


Tribute Gifts

Is it your anniversary, wedding, or birthday? Perhaps you know someone who is graduating or celebrating an other special occasion.  All of these events can be honoured by a tribute gift to Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation 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, call Christelle at (613) 789-8210 #225 or click here.


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

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