October 2015

October 2015

Anna’s Thoughts

We’ve had a beautiful fall this year. In fact, there were times it was unseasonably warm. But now that we’re past Thanksgiving, I know winter is right around the corner. I can already feel it with the chillier mornings and how quickly it gets dark in the evening.

Although we only think of this weather as chilly, it can be downright cold for anyone who is spending the majority of their day outside. That’s the reality for thousands of men and women in Ottawa who are homeless. It’s also why we make it our mission to do more than provide shelter and food. Those two things are very important, but we also want to make sure people have the clothing they need to deal with Ottawa’s weather.

That’s the goal of one young man named Nick. Nick is a high school student and for the second year in a row he is running his Socks for Santa campaign. Last year, his goal was to collect 200 pairs of socks. He smashed that number by colecting 875. This year, he wants to collect 1,000. How important are socks? Our clients spend a lot of the day outside in cold, wet weather. They need clean, dry socks. That’s why we keep a box of socks at our soup kitchen doors, so that anyone needing a pair has easy access. 

Won’t you please help this winter by making a donation to ensure Ottawa’s homeless men and women have what they need to deal with the weather? Please donate.

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

John finds a home, then gives back

When Shepherds of Good Hope helped John find his own apartment, we still saw him every day.

That’s because John went from being a client to being a volunteer.

John came to Shepherds of Good Hope six years ago. He was a participant in ESP. ESP is an area separated from the main shelter and has 26 beds for both men and women that is designed for individuals who are awaiting treatment, housing or other services. Men and women in this program receive medical care, support, mental health and concurrent disorder treatment, but live in a less chaotic environment. For John, continued exposure to day-to-day street life was hurting his chances of getting out of the shelter life. ESP gave him a more structured environment.

John says he could never have moved out on his own without the help of ESP staff.

Not only did they take care of him, but they taught him skills like how to save money for rent. Recently, he moved into his own one-bedroom apartment.

Thanks to Shepherds of Good Hope, John can see a brighter future, one with potential. As a way of saying thank you for all thelp over the years, John became a volunteer. He said it was important to help the men and women who come to the shelter every day.

John volunteers every Monday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. He works in the soup kitchen, sometimes helping out with clean-up or peeling vegetables. On other mornings, he’ll help out in the grocery and clothing program, taking in donations.

It wasn’t a tough decision to volunteer when the call went out. John says he volunteers because he knows what life can be like in the shelter and he wants to help other men and women find hope and maybe one day, their own place to call home.

If you would like to help men like John, click here. If you would like information about volunteering, click here.

Beome a monthly donor

Ariel has a personal reason for becoming a Friends of the Shepherds of Good Hope monthly donor. Her brother fell on hard times and needed our help. Ariel has always believed in helping the less fortunate, but this time she witnessed firsthand the type of help more than 1,600 men and women receive every day from us.

Ariel says for her it was time to pay back and help others like her brother who desperately needed help. She says she gives monthly because she wanted to set an amount she was comfortable with and she wanted to make sure she would not forget to give. Monthly giving is easy, practical and it allows Ariel to continue providing for those who have so little but need so much.

If you would like to join our monthly giving program. click here or contact Micah (613) 789-8210, ext. 241 or mgarten@shepherdsofgoodhope.com.

Tribute Gifts

Every day we hear more stories about young people who tell their families they don’t want any gifts for their birthday. Instead, they want to help out people who are less fortunate than they are.

Thanks to our Tribute Gift program, that’s a lot easier to do. Tribute gifts are a great way to honour one person while making a gift that helps someone else who has so little.

Not only can you send a gift in someone’s name, but you can also send an e-card to the person you are making the tribute to.

We can also set up a donation page for you on our website that your friends and family can access through email. It makes giving so easy. 

If you wish to honour someone with a tribute gift and send an e-card, click here. To set up a donation page, please contact Jason at 613-789-8210, ext. 225 or jkatsikaris@shepherdsofgoodhope.com.

Shepherds of Good Hope creates Legacy of Hope Wall

Few things in life are certain; however, we know with certainty we won’t live forever. But we can ensure that we still do our part to help those people who need us every day. 

By leaving a gift in your will to Shepherds of Good Hope, you can help change the future for Ottawa’s most vulnerable men and women. By caring for those in need, your spirit lives on in the deeds of others and the lives they change. 

This winter, we will be unveiling our Legacy of Hope Wall to honour those people who have left us a gift in their will to help us continue serving Ottawa’s most vulnerable men and women. We’re also honouring those people who have made a commitment to leave us a gift in their wills. Those names will be installed on the wall as a permanent reminder of their generosity.

Leaving a legacy gift is easy. If you would like more information about our legacy giving program, please contact Micah Garten at mgarten@shepherdsofgoodhope.com or 613-789-8210, ext. 241. 

 

 

 

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