Dignity Advocate – July 2015

July 2015

Anna’s Thoughts

Have you ever thought about the legacy you want to leave in this world? I don’t mean some grandiose gesture, but something thoughtful and meaningful. I do.

The other day my son came to the office for a visit. I’m so proud of the young man he has become and how he is making his way in the world. He’s doing it on his own.

I realized it was time to update my will. When it was time to make a new will, the first thing I thought of was my charitable giving. Like any parent, I want to leave something for my son. But I also want to leave something that will be my legacy, something that will help others. And it’s not just my legacy. It’s my son’s legacy, too. I hope as his mother I can set an example for him that we have a responsibility to help those less fortunate, not just in life, but afterwards. One day when he thinks of the legacy he wants to leave, I hope he remembers this lesson.

If you would like more information on Shepherds of Good Hope or a tour of our facilities, please contact me at 613-789-8210, x247 or asilverman@shepherdsofgoodhope.com.

 Why leave a legacy …

 A world worth living in

 By choosing to make a donation to Shepherds of Good Hope in your will, you are  securing a future for those we serve. You are giving others a chance for a better life  because you  cared.

 Enjoy tax benefits

 By including charitable gifts in your estate planning, you might eliminate significant  taxes payable upon your death. A charitable gift helps remove that tax burden from  your heirs.

 Increase your impact

 A legacy gift helps to ensure that the values and spirit you hold dear will always exist to  help  those who are most vulnerable, to help those who have so little but need so  much.

 For more information about legacy gifts, please contact Development Officer  Micah Garten at 613-789-8210, Ext. 241or at mgarten@shepherdsofgoodhope.com.

 

Gilles cooks up a job

Gilles arrived at Shepherds of Good Hope a few days into the new year. He had been at another shelter but wanted some special help finding a job.

Gilles had been working in the multi-media industry in Manitoba for several years before losing his job. With no job, and no money coming in, he had to give up his home. Since then, Gilles had been living a “bohemian lifestyle” for more than 10 years.

After one day at Shepherds of Good Hope, Gilles met with a case manager who recognized right away that Gilles was determined to find work. So Gilles was introduced to the Worker’s Program.

With the support of this program, Gilles was able to access the Internet on one of 2 computers in the worker’s lounge. With his case manager’s help, he updated his resume and started looking for jobs. Within 10 days Gilles found a full-time job at a local restaurant. He was able to save money on transit with the assistance of the program. He was also able to sleep in between shifts, ensuring he was fit for work and able to be productive.

On his days off, Gilles browsed housing rental ads in the Workers’ Lounge and visited the ones he was interested in. With the support of the case management team, Gilles was able to acquire financial assistance from the City of Ottawa to help him produce first and last month’s rent.

Gilles went from living in the shelter to a full-time job and living in his own place in less than 5 weeks. He keeps in contact with the Shepherds team and is even looking at volunteering in the kitchen.

 

Volunteering – A Gift of Self

Volunteers are the life blood of Shepherds of Good Hope. Without them we could not do all that we do every day for the many who come to our doors.

The experience of volunteering at Shepherds of Good Hope is both rewarding and fun. You can meet others with similar interests, hone your skill development, network with exciting people, make lasting friendships, and most importantly, help those who have so little and need so much.

If you are an individual or group that would like to come and share a special talent, trade, lend a hand or just feel good about what you are doing to help others, click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities or to fill in an applicationYou can also contact Sue Alcott at salcott@shepherdsofgoodhope.com or 613-789-8210, x228.

 

 

 

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