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.
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