May 2016

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Shepherds of Good Hope May, 2016

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A tribute to all fathers
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Deirdre Freiheit

There are many important people in our lives. For many of us, the two most important people are mom and dad. In a few weeks, many families will get together to celebrate Father’s Day. Maybe a Sunday brunch. Gifts to exchange.

For many of the men living in the shelter, Father’s Day is just another day. Homelessness has left them estranged from their families. They have lost touch with their children.

This year, you can help a father in the shelter and honour your own dad at the same time. Tribute gifts are becoming an increasingly popular way to make a donation in a loved one’s name.

When you make a donation in your dad’s name, you will be helping some of the most vulnerable men in Ottawa. To make a tribute gift, please click here.

Help the homeless

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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 care to chronic alcoholics
Darwin
Darwin at The Oaks

Darwin remembers the day he finally realized he needed help.

As he sat in his apartment, a young man sat across from him. That man was his son, whom Darwin didn’t even recognize.

After another stint in the shelter, Darwin moved to The Oaks where he is now part of the managed alcohol program. MAP is a program for men and women who are chronic alcoholics.

Simply, we provide the participants a small amount of alcohol every hour from 7:30 in the morning until 9:30 at night.

You might be wondering, how does giving alcohol to chronic alcoholics help them? First, it’s far healthier than drinking substances like rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer. Secondly, with participants residing at The Oaks, they get regular, healthy meals. They have activities. They make friends. They have access to counselling and health care. Compared to when they were living on the streets, the men and women at The Oaks are so much healthier.

MAP is one of the many innovative programs at Shepherds of Good Hope. To help men and women living with us, please donate here.

Become a volunteer,
the reward is great
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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 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.

Take our survey
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For those of you who get our annual spring newsletter in the mail, you’re familiar with our annual survey as well. We still mailed out a survey this year, but we’ve also put it online for those who prefer the electronic version.

The survey only takes a few minutes to fill out and we would love to get your feedback. All questions are optional and we do not share information outside of Shepherds of Good Hope. Take the survey.

Legacy of Hope Wall
Legacy Wall
It was a touching moment when we unveiled our Legacy of Hope Wall.

On the wall are the names of people who have left us a gift in their will.

By leaving a legacy gift, these people are ensuring homeless men and women in Ottawa will continue to get the care and support they deserve every day. Leaving a legacy gift is easy and will leave a lasting impact on many. For more information, please contact Micah at 613-789-8210, ext. 241 or click here.

   
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