July 2016

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Shepherds of Good Hope July, 2016

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Last week, we sent you a special letter to inform you about the impact the potential Canada Post shutdown is having on Shepherds of Good Hope.

With no certainty that a work disruption would be avoided, we did not send out our usual summer mail. Last year, our summer campaign raised more than $65,000 to help the men and women who rely on Shepherds of Good Hope every day.

Thank you to everyone who made a donation. But we are still far from our $65,000 goal. If you haven’t made a donation, please do so by clicking on this link or the donation box above.

Your donation will ensure that the men and women who come to us during the busy summer months get the food, shelter and support they need.

Finding Roy a home
Sleeping Man

Roy needs your help. Since moving to Ottawa 15 months ago, he has been homeless and living in the men’s shelter at Shepherds of Good Hope. Instead of finding a new start in Ottawa, he has experienced nothing but despair.

Roy is one of hundreds of men in Ottawa who are homeless and come through our doors every day looking for shelter and food.

When Roy came to Ottawa, he was hoping to make a better life for himself after a serious car accident in New Brunswick left him addicted to pain medication.

Roy underestimated what it would take to live in Ottawa. Almost from day one, he has lived at Shepherds of Good Hope. He says the frontline workers have been supportive and caring. They’ve helped him address his addiction issue but Roy is looking to the day he doesn’t call the shelter home. “I hope to meet a nice woman one day,” he says. “A shelter is no place to find love.”

You can help Roy start his new life in Ottawa by making a donation. Your gift will ensure Roy gets the care and support he needs in order to find his forever home and break the cycle of homelessness.

He desperately wants his own home. He wants to cook in his own kitchen rather than line up at the soup kitchen. He wants a home where he can display family photos of his two sons and his grandchildren. He wants to leave the chaos of the shelter and feel safe.

Please make a donation today and make an impact in Roy’s life. 

Become a volunteer,
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Do you like to cook? Do you have a green thumb? Are you into board games? Can you call bingo? Sing karaoke?Then we have a volunteer opportunity for you. Research shows volunteering has many benefits. It’s good for your health and is a great way to meet new friends. Volunteering with us allows you to help some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable men and women. Whether you’re coming on your own or with a group of friends/co-workers, you’ll find your volunteer experience incredibly rewarding.To find out more about how to volunteer with us, please check out our volunteer page.
You can help the homeless every month
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Many of you are receiving this e-newsletter because you have supported Shepherds of Good Hope in the past.Did you know you can make the same contribution but have more impact by spreading it over the 12 months of the year? It’s an opportunity to make the same contribution you make every year but by spreading it out. So what’s the benefit?First, you get that great feeling of knowing you are making a difference in someone’s life every month.

A monthly donation lets the men and women living at the shelter know that whenever they need care, you are there for them. Please consider becoming a monthly donor. Click here for more information.

Calendar fundraiser
Calendar Photo
Do you love great photography? Then our new, 18-month calendar is just for you. Or it can be the perfect gift for someone in your life.The first month of the calendar is July. So not only can you begin using it right away, but you’ll be able to put it to good use through all of 2017.This calendar, launched at our annual fundraising event, A Taste for Hope, features 18 beautiful photos of some of Ottawa’s top chefs.To get your copy today, please click here.
Shepherds on radio
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The Oaks, our supportive living residence, keeps getting media attention from around the world.In June, a BBC reporter from London visited this unique residence where we also run our managed alcohol program.There are some wonderful stories from the men and women who live at The Oaks. Click here to listen to the BBC radio documentary.We think The Oaks is a pretty special place and we think you will, too, after you listen to the program.
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