Lend a Helping Hand

Give a Hand Up not a Hand Out this World Homeless Day

This year, Shepherds of Good Hope is inviting local decision makers to serve in our Soup Kitchen on October 10th for World Homeless Day + World Mental Health Day. This is an opportunity for politicians at every level of government to interact with some of the most vulnerable adults in our community.

There’s so much more to serving our community’s homeless than just providing emergency services, such as shelter and food. This event, however, seeks to connect people in positions of power with the daily realities of providing care for the more than 2,450 people who come through our doors each year.


This World Homeless Day, Shepherds of Good Hope is asking people in our community to get involved! If you can, make a donation through Shepherds of Good Hope to help us provide food, shelter, and programming to the hundreds of people who need it right now.

Donate our most-needed food items to help feed people in need. You can also volunteer your time by serving in our Soup Kitchen or in one of our other programs.


Are you an Elementary School teacher in the Ottawa area? We need you and your class to support Ottawa’s homeless for World Homeless Day! We want local students to decorate our Soup Kitchen with messages of hope. In the spirit of lending a hand to some of the most vulnerable members of our community, we thought these messages would look great on a hand! Download the template here and have your class write a message of hope on a hand to go up on the walls of our Soup Kitchen. Decorate and send them back to Shepherds of Good Hope no later than October 4th.

Download the School Hand Template

Questions? Email Caroline Cox, Senior Manager of Communications, Community and Volunteer Services at ccox@sghottawa.com


World Homeless Day began in 2010 as a day to draw attention to homeless individuals’ needs. It provides opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an “international day” provides. World Mental Health Day began in 1992 and is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.


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