June, 2016

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Shepherds of Good Hope June, 2016

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Help the homeless this summer
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Deirdre Freiheit

In another week, we will be celebrating the first long weekend of the summer, and hoping for nice, warm weather.

As people take vacations, donations often decrease. We hope if you’re planning a vacation that you have a wonderful time. Before you go, please consider making a donation. When you’re living in a homeless shelter, you don’t have summer plans. A donation from you would help ensure they get proper care over the summer months, that they continue to get nutritious meals at the soup kitchen, a bed in the shelter where they can escape the summer heat.

If you’d like to know how you can help us deliver the necessities to people during these slow months, please don’t hesitate to contact our Foundation (613-789-8210, ext. 241). If you would like to make a donation, please click on the donation box just below.

Help the homeless
Donate Buton

Homelessness can happen to anyone. No one asks for it. No one chooses it.

Every year, 2,000 men and women stay at Shepherds of Good Hope. With your support, we can ensure they get the care and support they deserve.

Delivering health care to the homeless
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It was just over a year ago that we expanded the services offered at our health care clinic at the shelter.

You may have read about it in the news. Ottawa Paramedics now have the ability to transport homeless people to Shepherds of Good Hope for medical treatment.

It’s a win-win for everyone. It allows paramedics to get back on the road sooner instead of waiting at the emergency room. It means fewer people heading to the ER. But most importantly, for the patient, it means getting treatment at a facility where people know the particular health ailments that afflict homeless people. After they get treated, shelter staff have an opportunity to talk to them about where they are going to sleep, about eating properly and any other needs they have.

It’s estimated this program saves the health care system almost $2 million a year. For more information, please check out the full story on our website.

Become a volunteer,
the reward is great
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.

The new director
Neil Leslie
Neil Leslie is joining Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation in the role of Director of Philanthropy and Resource Development. He brings a wealth of experience in the health and social services communities and more than 30 years experience as a professional fundraiser.Neil has worked in a variety of organizations including Christie Lake Kids, women’s organizations, Easter Seals, the Canadian Hunger Foundation and Scouts Canada Foundation.Neil is looking forward to connecting with the many supporters of Shepherds of Good Hope.
We’re in the news!
Inuk Task Force
It’s so heartening to see the media interested in telling stories about what we do here.Recently, CBC Morning stopped by The Oaks to do a story on the Inuk Task Force. Please enjoy the story.Earlier in the year, a reporter from The Guardian in the UK was here to do a story about our managed alcohol program. It’s a very touching and gritty look at the program. We hope you enioy it.
Donate Buton

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