September 2015

September 2015

Anna’s Thoughts

When I think of the Thanksgiving holiday, I think of family and food. Many of us will spend Thanksgiving with our loved ones and share a special meal. 

We work hard to make Thankgiving a special day at Shepherds of Good Hope. We know there are many men and women here who won’t be surrounded by loved ones. They have either lost touch with family members or simply don’t have anyone in their lives to spend the holiday with.

Our goal is to ensure the men in women in our care have a special Thanksgiving meal. But we can’t do it alone. We know you’re here for us, to help us care for the men and women who rely on us day in and day out. 


I’ve been here on many Thanksgivings and I can tell you the people who come through our doors on that day are very appreciative of the effort our staff and volunteers make to ensure they have a proper Thanksgiving dinner. The men and women know that without your support, it would be so much more difficult for us to meet that challenge. So as you prepare over the next few weeks to spend time with your family, please think of our family at Shepherds of Good Hope.

Won’t you please help this Thanksgiving by making a donation to ensure Ottawa’s homeless men and women can have a special Thanksgiving? Please donate.

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

Henry Gives Thanks To Staff For Kindness
When Henry thinks about the staff at Shepherd of Good Hope, the first word that comes to mind is kindness.Henry says no matter what he needs, someone is there to help him. If the first person doesn’t know the answer, then they find someone else to help him.

What impresses him the most day after day is the unrelenting kindness every staff member shows.

“It is like getting the read carpet treatment,” he says.

Henry doesn’t hesitate to say he can be a challenge on some days. Over the years he has battled substance abuse and alcoholism. One day he was invited to join the managed alcohol program at the downtown shelter. He hadn’t heard of the program but was impressed on day one.

In the program, Henry has his own bed. He socializes with other men and women in a shared common room and kitchen. He has a choice of what he can eat for lunch and dinner. If he has an appointment to keep, someone is there to remind him and to make sure he gets there on time.

He says the biggest advantage of MAP is it reduces his temptation for excessive drinking. Living on the street, he says, it’s easy to fall back into very bad habits. He knows from experience that to discover a better future he has to surround himself with people who have his best interests at heart. MAP allows him to do that.

Henry says he has stumbled before in the past and knows he might stumble again. But he adds this time is different. He knows he always has a family at Shepherds of Good Hope. He knows there are dedcated men and women here who will help him if he stumbles. 

If you would like to help men like Henry who are thriving thanks to Shepherds of Good Hope, please click here.



Meet One of Our Monthly Donors

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

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 for you a donation page on the website that your friends and family can access through an 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


Legacy, A Gift That Will Live On

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 that they change.  

For more information on how you can easily make a legacy gift, please contact Micah Garten at or 613-789-8210, ext. 241. 


Volunteering – A Gift of Self

Do you have a special talent? Are you a people person? Do you like to play board games or garden? Or maybe your speciality is in the kitchen. If so, then you could be a volunteer at Shepherds of Good Hope. More than 400 people volunteer at Shepherds of Good Hope every year. If you want to join the volunteer ranks and make a difference, please click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities or to fill in an application. You can also contact Sue Alcott at or 613-789-8210, ext. 228.



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