Dignity Advocate September 2014

August 2014

Anna’s Thoughts

I would like to share with you a story that warms my heart.

Scott is a resident of our Enhanced Support Program. He is experiencing a new beginning as he is working diligently in this program to beat his addiction and to get into more permanent housing.  Scott admits that when he did not care about his own life, Shepherds of Good Hope did. He really believes that Shepherds of Good Hope and the people within the organization saved his life because we cared about him more than he cared about himself.                                                                                                                                       

Other people proved that they cared for Scott as well.  His cousin, Kerrie had been searching for Scott for years and finally saw a few pictures of Scott on Facebook showing him on an outing with Shepherds of Good Hope.  She was so thrilled that she finally found Scott after looking for him everywhere that she sent Shepherds of Good Hope a Facebook message expressing her heart-felt gratitude for caring for her cousin. In the message, she encouraged Scott to keep trying to fight his addiction and told him how much she and the rest of his family and friends loved him. When we received the Facebook message we immediately showed it to Scott who was completely overjoyed. With tears in his eyes he asked for help to be set up a Facebook page so he could begin connecting to her. This was something we gladly did for him.

Shepherds of Good Hope is about new beginnings and reconnections to family and friends.  We care for the most vulnerable men and women amongst us even when they do not care for themselves. We do not let go.  Our reach is vast and connecting people to loved ones is part of their healing. Please won’t you give so that we can continue to help others begin their process of recovering?

If you would like more information about Shepherds of Good Hope or would like a tour call me at (613) 789-8210 extension 247 or email me at asilverman@shepherdsofgoodhope.com

Transitional Emergency Shelter Program (TESP)

Meet Lynette. She is a front line worker in Shepherds of Good Hope – Transitional Emergency Shelter Program (TESP).  Lynette came to Shepherds of Good Hope from Vancouver’s east side where she saw inexplicable atrocities amongst the homeless and addicted there.
When she first came to Shepherds of Good Hope she was amazed at how cutting-edge our programs were.  She said that we were not afraid to try new treatment methods within our many program offerings.  Lynette talks about what is most meaningful for her in TESP. Her answer was simple – “Relationship building with people who have been marginalized”.  She says that it is all about providing dignity and respect for these people and making a positive difference in their lives.  She hopes that the way she interacts with the men and women in our care can help compensate in some small way for the difficult lifestyle that clients have had to live with.

TESP offers an immediate needs approach 24/7 for 49 men and women under the influence of alcohol or mood altering substances. These individuals have been denied access to other service providers in the city as a result of their state.  This is a challenging environment but Lynette sees beyond the structure of the program.  She is constantly in awe of the strength and resourcefulness of the people in her care.

Lynette is proud to work at Shepherds of Good Hope because she said programs like TESP prove that with research, collaboration and informed effort Shepherds of Good Hope has proven to be a trailblazing service provider.   She said that right from the beginning; Shepherds of Good Hope was always willing to work in grey areas where others feared to go and as a result has made tremendous advances in client care. Click here if you would like to help Shepherds of Good Hope continue to provide the incredible care that others so desperately need every day.

Meet One of Our Monthly Donors
Clara has recently joined our Friends of Shepherds Monthly Giving Program and is a loyal supporter of Shepherds of Good Hope.  She tells us that she was introduced to the work of Shepherds of Good Hope through a friend who volunteered in our Soup Kitchen and from another friend whose daughter is marrying one of Shepherds of Good Hope senior staff.  Both friends were very impressed with the fact that Shepherds of Good Hope will take those that other shelters turn away and that part of the mandate of Shepherds of Good Hope is to find homes for those who have nothing.  Like everyone, Clara has had her ups and downs in life and the down times in her life have provided her with a greater understanding and empathy for those who are homeless. She will readily tell you that no one would choose to live on the street if they had another choice.

Clara’s monthly gift provides ongoing support for the most vulnerable men and women in our community.  Click here if you would like to join our Friends of the Shepherds Monthly Giving Program or contact Christelle at (613) 789-8210 #225 or crouette@shepherdsofgoodhope.com for more information.


Tribute Gifts

No time to look for a gift for that special someone – no problem.  You can send an e-card with a Tribute to celebrate any occasion instantly. Anniversaries, birthdays, graduations or any special occasion can be recognized by sending a tribute in honour of someone celebrating any event. It is as easy as making an online donation and checking the e-card box. 

Now how convenient is that? If you wish to honour someone with a tribute gift and e-card click here.

Legacy Giving

The people who were in St. Brigid’s basement 31 years ago could have never known that their work would help create an organization that today serves over 700,000 meals a year and houses 500 men and women each night. However, those volunteer’s desire to help, combined with an organization committed to never turning anyone away has brought Shepherds of Good Hope to where it is today. We can never know the future, but we can still find ways to make it better. A legacy gift to Shepherds of Good Hope helps to ensure a better future for Ottawa’s most vulnerable men and women. To find out more about how you can leave a legacy of hope, please contact Micah Garten at mgarten@shepherdsofgoodhope.com or (613) 789-8210 #241 .

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613.789.8210  |  lauren@shepherdsofgoodhope.com

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