On the Front Lines of the Health Crisis


06/10/20

Recreational activities break the tedium of isolation, “We do these things to show them that we care”

“We do these things to show them that we care” Recreational activities break the tedium of isolation  Restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic has left many of us feeling isolated and bored. For residents at Good Shepherd’s Transitional Beds progra

05/21/20

Barrett Centre's team supports people who need immediate counselling for mental health crises

“Our clients need to feel they are supported”Barrett Centre’s team supports people who need immediate counselling for mental health crises Most of us are anxious and stressed about the effects of the pandemic on our families and communities. We deal with this crisis in our own way

05/13/20

Good Shepherd Centre kitchen stays open to ensure vulnerable population receive meals

“I told everyone that we would keep going because we have too many people who rely on us”Good Shepherd Centre kitchen stays open to ensure vulnerable population receive meals   When the novel coronavirus began spreading into Canada, nobody knew how they would be affected, if at al

05/06/20

Frontline workers and clients are looking out for each other during health crisis

“There is a lot of mutual respect here”Frontline workers and clients are looking out for each other during health crisis   Michele, Morganne and Iris, three of Good Shepherd’s longtime community mental health workers, have been witnessing mutual compassion during the COVID-1

05/05/20

The Class Clown of the HOMES program ensures that life has fun and laughter

“It’s the social aspect”The Class Clown of the HOMES program ensures that life has fun and laughter   We all share a lot of anxiety while living through the pandemic so it seems apropos to add some silliness into our lives. Tina Mulholland, is a program developer and mental

05/04/20

McGinty House hosts people with mental & physical health challenges during pandemic

“People are incredibly resilient”McGinty House hosts people with mental & physical health challenges during pandemic In a beautiful red brick house on Catharine Street North in Hamilton, 10 people who are struggling through the pandemic are finding compassion and refuge. Good Shephe

04/30/20

Good Shepherd's dedicated and courageous staff are working around the clock to provide support to seniors and other vulnerable adults during COVID-19

“We want them to know that they are loved”Good Shepherd’s dedicated and courageous staff are working around the clock to provide support to seniors and other vulnerable adults during COVID-19   Good Shepherd’s Bishop Tonnos Seniors Apartment building is home to 94 seni

04/29/20

Good Shepherd's Notre Dame House fights to stop the spread of COVID-19 among homeless and at-risk youth

“These are all amazing people going through the hardest time of their lives,”Good Shepherd’s Notre Dame House fights to stop the spread of COVID-19 among homeless and at-risk youth Cale has been an Intensive Community Case Manager at Good Shepherd’s Notre Dame House for 9 ye

04/27/20

The Good Shepherd Family Centre houses displaced families during COVID-19

“We’re committed to helping families find housing, we are just learning to do that in different ways.”The Good Shepherd Family Centre has housed 9 displaced families during COVID-19   The Family Centre is Hamilton’s only emergency shelter for homeless families. The Cen

04/24/20

Volunteers play a vital role in Good Shepherd's response to COVID-19

“I know they need all the help they can get right now,”Volunteers play a vital role in Good Shepherd’s response to COVID-19   In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 19-25), we recognize the dedication of volunteers across all programs at Good Shepherd. With the current

04/23/20

People throughout the community are using the Good Shepherd Marktplace to help them get through COVID-19

“Another hurdle for our family to get through,” A refugee family uses the Good Shepherd Marketplace to help them through COVID-19   At the Good Shepherd Marketplace, the message of unity and compassion is on full display. Our staff and volunteers are facing down the threat of CO

04/21/20

Surge homeless shelter run by Good Shepherd

“It was the first time I’ve slept through the night in years,” Stories from men staying at FirstOntario Centre, The “surge” homeless shelter run by Good Shepherd during COVID-19   Jimmy & John John are twin brothers who have lived on the streets on and off