October 2014 Dignity Advocate

October 2014

Charlie’s Journey

For 10 years Charlie has been known by Shepherds of Good Hope staff.  Charlie had been bouncing in and out of homelessness over those years.  The reason for his chronic homelessness was because he was exhibiting symptoms of paranoia and schizophrenia that often manifested in feelings of persecution. Charlie believed that he was being singled out by landlords or other tenants as the victim of either verbal assaults or attacks on his personal possessions.  Maintaining sustainable employment was also a barrier to Charlie’s progress.

With the support of Shepherds of Good Hope, Charlie joined the Worker Dorm Program and made a conscientious effort to stay employed.  Charlie was connected to a physician that he would visit regularly for his mental health problems and so he was getting the assistance he needed.  When Charlie expressed a desire to cut back on his smoking, Shepherds of Good Hope was there to answer his call.  Shepherds of Good Hope found a Quit Smoking Program and Charlie was able to greatly cut back on his smoking and as a result save a large portion of his money.

Charlie worked intensely with the Shepherds of Good Hope Housing Team and was offered a room at 380 St. Patrick Street Residence, a residence of Shepherds of Good Hope, at the end of April 2014.  To this day he remains housed with little issue.

Charlie’s journey has taken him from the streets where he was alone and mentally ill to Shepherds of Good Hope where he has had the opportunity to restore his health, find and keep employment and now has more permanent housing that he can call his own.

We are pleased to report that this program is so successful that we have expanded the Worker Dorm Program to include women.

Won’t you give so that others like Charlie can have a second chance at life? At Shepherds of Good Hope, we believe everyone in our care is worthy of much more than they have and with your support we can ensure that they will receive what they need.

A Story of One of Our Monthly Donors

Jacques is very grateful for those in his life that have helped him. He has joined our Friends of the Shepherds Monthly Giving Program because he is so grateful.

Jacques was an orphan at age 6 who lived on the street stealing food and hanging out at hockey arenas where it was warm.  A kindly priest noticed the boy and arranged for him to live with a farming couple.  This is when he was just 9 years of age.  The couple gave him all the necessities of life but more importantly the love he deserved.  It made a huge difference in this little boy’s life.  Someone cared about him and to this day as a grown man with a family of his own he knows how important it is to care for others and that is why he joined our Friends of the Shepherds Monthly Giving Program. 

He said he wants to support Shepherds of Good Hope on a monthly basis because he knows that the need is continuous and he wants to give back for all of the kindness that was shown to him all those years ago. He considers himself one of the fortunate ones but he is well aware that many others are not so fortunate and you can see them every day at Shepherds of Good Hope.

If you would like to join the Friend of the Shepherds Monthly Giving Program CLICK HERE or contact Christelle at (613) 789-8210 #225 // crouette@shepherdsofgoodhope.com for more information.

Would You Like to Volunteer?
The experience of volunteering at Shepherds of Good Hope is both rewarding and fun.  At Shepherds of Good Hope you can meet others with like interests, hone your skill development, network with exciting people, make lasting friendships and most importantly help those that have so little and need so much.

If you are an individual or group that would like to come and share a special talent, trade, lend a hand or just feel good about what you are doing to help others, give us a try! To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to fill in an application click here or contact Sue Alcott at 613-789-8210 ext. 228 // salcott@shepherdsofgoodhope.com

Legacy, A Gift That Will Live On

A legacy gift is truly a gift of hope. It is a gift that gazes towards the future without knowing exactly what it will look like. By leaving a gift in your will to Shepherds of Good Hope, you are saying that you want to make the future brighter for the men and women who need our help. You are extending a hand of friendship without knowing who will be the one to grab it.

To learn more about how you can change the future for Ottawa’s most vulnerable men and women contact Micah Garten at mgarten@shepherdsofgoodhope.com or 613-789-8210 ext. 241.

Anna’s Thoughts

The time for giving thanks has just passed and we at Shepherds of Good Hope have so much to be thankful for. 

I am reminded daily of your constant compassion and generosity. You are the reason we are able to continue to support the poor and the homeless for without your help we would not be able to do what we do. I am also witness to the dropping off of clothing and donated food so that we can clothe and feed the many that come through our doors daily.

Our partners in the community have stood shoulder to shoulder with our dedicated staff. Together their commitment is so evident by the concern and care they deliver to the many vulnerable men and women amongst us.

We are thankful for our 8 facilities so that over 500 people have a bed each night. We cannot forget the hard working volunteers who help us in so many different ways to serve those in our care.

It is with a humble voice that I send my sincerest thanks to you.  It is a privilege to work with you all.

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

 

 

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 or we would be pleased to send a letter to the recipient of the Tribute. 

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

  

 

Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation
233, rue Murray Street – Ottawa ON K1N 5M9
613.789.8210  |  lauren@shepherdsofgoodhope.com

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