Our food bank is moving

Good Shepherd's food bank and clothing room are moving to brighter, more accessible surroundings at the Venture Centre! The food bank, at 120 Cannon Street East, will close as of 4 p.m. on Friday, July 25 and will re-open at the Venture Centre, 155 Cannon Street East, on Tuesday, August 5, at 9 a.m.

The Venture Centre is a spacious public space with a cheery and dignified environment. The food bank and clothing rooms are just the first phase of a community hub that will highlight innovative programs focusing on the wellness of the community.

For more information, call us at 905.972.9485.


Facing down adversity at Notre Dame House School

Finding success in the face of poverty and homelessness is daunting at the best of times. It is a tremendous feat when young people who are confronted with serious social issues overcome their barriers and experience academic achievement. Good Shepherd celebrated their energy and tenacity at a graduation and accomplishment ceremony on June 18, when five students – including a young mother from the newly opened Jeanne Scott Parent & Child Resource Centre – received their secondary school graduation diplomas.

Notre Dame House School is an alternative learning environment for Hamilton’s street-involved and homeless youth, operated by the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic School Board. A secondary school graduation diploma obtained through Good Shepherd’s alternative learning program helps break down barriers to post-secondary education and employment caused by homelessness, poverty, family breakdown and mental illness – situations that many of the students encounter.

This is also the final graduation ceremony for well-liked and respected teachers Kathi Lukasic and Tom Montgomery, both of whom are retiring from the school board.

"We’re proud of the achievement of the students over the years. They’ve beaten significant challenges with the careful guidance and compassion of Tom and Kathi,” said Good Shepherd Executive Director Brother Richard MacPhee. “Everyone at Good Shepherd thanks Kathi and Tom for their commitment to Notre Dame House School.”


Easing the burden of young moms

Good Shepherd is proud to announce the opening of the Jeanne Scott Parent & Child Resource Centre, located adjacent to Angela's Place in east Hamilton, where young moms can earn a high school education while child minding is provided for their babies on-site. The support that the moms receive at Angela's Place and the Resource Centre helps to break the cycle of poverty and provide them with the skills to become nurturing parents and productive members of our community. We were joined by more than 100 people on June 17 to celebrate the life of benefactor Jeanne Scott and mark the opening of the Centre.


Good Shepherd congratulates the recipients of our
2014 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Your passion and dedication to the most vulnerable people in our community are unquestionable. It is a tremendous comfort to know that you are here to lend a helping hand.

See the list of this year's winners on pages 4 and 5 of our Spring Newsletter