January 2016

January 2016

Anna’s Thoughts

This winter has certainly been a mixed bag of temperatures. We’ve recently had some very cold days but for several weeks we had mild weather. Remember last year’s deep freeze that lasted almost for two months?

Unfortunately, if you spend a lot of time living on the street, a milder winter is not a respite from the impact of cold weather. When you spend your days outdoors, it doesn’t take long for your feet to get wet and cold. The wind penetrates your jacket and chills a person to the bone. What we consider a mild day can be a very difficult day if you are spending most of it outside.

During the winter, we make it our mission to ensure every man and women staying with us leaves the shelter with a good winter coat, dry boots, warm socks, a hat and gloves or mitts.  

That’s why the fundraising continues so that we can contibnue to help Ottawa’s most vulnerable men and women 365 days a year. With that in mind, I’m pleased to annouce the fourth annual A Taste for Hope event.

 

 

This year, we’re excited to move to a new location — the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. Mark your calendar for March 30, 6 to 9 p.m. for a wonderful evening of food and fellowship all for a good cause — helping those who have so little. Some of Ottawa’s best chefs will be serving their signature dishes. You’ll be able to sample fine wines or bid in the silent or live auctions.

This year we have a special surprise to unveil. Here are a few hints. It has great photos, great food and will last you 18 months.

For tickets to the event, click here or contact Micah at 613-789-8210, ext. 241 or by email at mgarten@shepherdsofgoodhope.com. We hope to see you there.

If you would like more information on Shepherds of Good Hope or a tour of our facilities, please contact me at 613-789-8210, ext. 247 or asilverman@shepherdsofgoodhope.com

David gets an extended family

You never know what the future holds for you. David was like most young men. He had plans to attend university, was fluently bilingual, and came from a loving family in a small town.

But just as David was entering into adulthood, he was diagnosed with having schizophrenia and an anxiety disorder. At the same time, he developed a chronic pain condition. That happened when he was just 19 years old. David moved back home and did his best to cope with his illnesses. He read a lot, listened to music, went on long walks to relax. But as his illnesses tool hold, he realized he would never what we all strive for – a full-time job, a wife, a family of his own.

It was a little more than 30 years ago when David decided to visit Ottawa. He loved the history of the nation’s capital. Even though he knew it would be difficult, David wanted to move to the capital. Nine years later he moved to Ottawa and discovered Shepherds of Good Hope. We became his new home.

Paul is one of the residents of Hope Living, a Shepherds of Good Hope supportive living facility in Kanata. Set outside the downtown core, life is less busy and David’s surroundings are less chaotic compared to the downtown shelter.

David’s family has visited him often and the staff members at Hope Living have become an extended family. His family is thrilled at the changes in David since he moved to Hope Living. He likes to talk more, share jokes and is just more sociable.

When you make a donation to Shepherds of Good Hope, you help men and women life David reconnect with family, to experience a life of dignity, to know what it’s like to have some independence. Please help people like David. Please click here.

The joy of monthly giving
Jean had a personal connection to Shepherds of Good Hope when she found her brother had been in our care. That care inspired her to support Shepherds of Good Hope every month by signing up for our Monthly Giving Program. She says it feels right to be connected to Shepherds of Good Hope on an ongoing basis, like being part of our family who took care of her family. Jean says monthly donations are not a burden. She picked the amount and finds it easy and convenient. She knows her monthly donation helps other people just like her brother.There are many people in this city who have a family member who is struggling and needs help. If you would like to join the Friends of the Shepherds Monthly Giving Program, click here or contact Micah at 613-789-8210, ext. 241 or at mgarten@shepherdsofgoodhope.com.
Volunteering will lift you up

Do you like to play board games? Do you have a special talent? Or maybe you like to cook? Then there is a volunteer position for you at Shepherds of Good Hope. Volunteering at Shepherds of Good Hope is rewarding and fun. You’ll also meet other volunteers with similar interests and make lasting friendships. But most importantly, you will be helping some of the most vulnerable men and women in your city. You will truly make a difference in someone’s life.

You can volunteer on your own or you can put together a group of friends or work colleagues to come in and lend a hand. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities or to fill out an online application form. You can also contact Sue Alcott at salcott@shepherdsofgoodhope.com or 613-789-8210, ext. 228.

 

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