Hunger doesn't take a holiday! Cram-a-Truck Food Drive, August 16

Summer is a time when donations to food banks slow down. Yet, for the people who use community food banks, the need doesn’t diminish with the warm weather.

“It’s summer and it’s vacation time. Although our community is full of very caring people, this is the time of year when we see fewer donations of food,” says Carmen Salciccioli, Director of the Good Shepherd food bank. “For so many residents of Hamilton, hunger doesn’t take a holiday. They need our help and generosity.”

Good Shepherd’s food bank inventory is critically low and the City of Hamilton has provided emergency funding to help stem the shortage. However, the City’s aid cannot accommodate all of the needs of the community. Close to 50,000 people received support from Good Shepherd’s food bank in 2013.

The food bank needs the public’s help to ensure that there is enough healthy food available for people who can’t afford to shop for groceries.

Volunteers and staff will be at Fortinos on Upper Centennial Parkway, Hamilton, on Saturday, August 16. for Good Shepherd’s next Cram-a-Truck food drive. They will be reminding shoppers to remember the less-fortunate members of the community when they’re in the grocery store. Print our condensed checklist.

Supporters can also donate food and money by visiting Good Shepherd’s Development Office, 10 Delaware Avenue, Hamilton, or by calling 905.572.6435.


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.


Welcome, Brother Nick. Goodbye, Brother Sean



There's a changing of the guard at The Good Shepherd Centre, our emergency men's shelter on Mary Street in Hamilton. Brother Sean McIsaac (left), who's been with Good Shepherd for the past six years, is leaving his position as Shelter Manager to take a posting in Ireland. In his place, we welcome Brother Nick Foran, a Philadelphia native who joins us from Albuquerque, New Mexico. We wish them both well in their new roles.