Many thanks to all who participated in the Good Shepherd Clothing Drive for the homeless this past holiday season! We collected many times the amount of clothing compared to the year before, which is fantastic! Special thanks goes out to one of our Sales Representatives, Paul Butt, for spearheading this initiative, as we could not have done it without him!
Below is a copy of the letter that the staff at Good Shepherd sent Paul, thanking us for our contributions. I hope we can do this again next holiday season.
"Dear Paul and team,
"Thank you for your thoughtful donation of clothing and new socks for the clothing room at Good Shepherd Ministries. I hear there is rain in the forecast – perhaps snow flurries – so I know the socks and clothes will go fast.
"I am so grateful that you have chosen to work with Good Shepherd Ministries so that the homeless and most neglected members of our community can find the necessities of life. A fresh pair of socks or a warm shirt can bring tremendous comfort to people struggling with life on the streets.
"One of our clients once told me, “It was the little things – like clean socks and shaving every day – that I missed the most when I was homeless.” Thank you for giving the ‘little things’ that mean so much, the dignity of putting on clean socks and clothing.
"Please let everyone who participated in the clothing drive know how grateful we are for their kindness. You make a real difference!"
Brother David Lynch, OH
Good Shepherd Ministries
412 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1T3
About Good Shepherd Ministries
"The Good Shepherd", as it is affectionately called, is well known on the streets of Toronto. It's a place to get a hot meal, clean clothes, and a safe, clean bed for the night. It's a place to go when you need someone to listen, someone to help.
What makes Good Shepherd Ministries special? The answer is different for each person who walks through the door.
For some, Good Shepherd Ministries means Good Shepherd Centre, the place where you go when there's no money left for food. "There is always good food here and no one ever gets turned away," as one meal line guest said.
For others, Good Shepherd Ministries means transformation, a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs. "You gave me hope and love at the time of my deepest despair," remembers one DARE client.
For those who live at Barrett House and St. Joseph's Residence, Good Shepherd Ministries means home and 24-hour support. "I would be going from hostel to hostel if I wasn't here," says Brian, one of the seniors who lives at St. Joseph's Residence.
For all of us, Good Shepherd Ministries is a place that promotes human dignity. A place where people come first. A place where the 'last' - the homeless, the marginalized - come first of all.
How To Get Involved
You can help Good Shepherd Ministries to feed, clothe, shelter and comfort those most in need.
You can help in a number of different ways:
- monetary donations;
- gifts of time;
- goods and services;
- Provide-A-Meal Program: how community groups can help;
- third party fundraising events, e.g. concert, bake sale, dance-a-thon;
- donating Shopper’s Drug Mart points;
- organize a food, clothing or toiletry drive;
- tell others about this vital work.
Good Shepherd Ministries abides by Canada Revenue Agency guidelines. We adhere to a Donor Charter of Rights and strict internal fundraising policies.
Good Shepherd Ministries does not trade or sell donor information.
You can find detailed financial information by visiting Canada Revenue Agency's Charities Listings and searching for Good Shepherd Refuge Social Ministries. You can also e-mail to request a copy of the most recent audited financial statements.
- Download the Donor Charter of Rights
- Download the Fundraising Policy
- Download a volunteer application
- Download a volunteer brochure
Good Shepherd Ministries Charitable Business Number
89250 8169 RR0001