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Meet Emilie

This Thanksgiving, you can break the feeling of isolation.

These past few months have been difficult for all of us. We have seen how the pandemic has completely shifted our lives and transformed how we interact with one another. All of this has had a profound impact on our mental health.

We all know that feeling of isolation, but no one should feel alone.
We all need support.

People experiencing homelessness too often feel forgotten, especially during this pandemic. Thankfully, people like you haven’t forgotten. You were there to help Shepherds of Good Hope weather the storm of this pandemic. You made sure we had enough food, cleaning products and personal protective equipment to keep everyone safe.

COVID-19 took us all by storm, and I felt it was important for me to do more personally to help support people experiencing homelessness in our city. After three years of volunteering at the soup kitchen at Shepherds of Good Hope on the weekends, I increased my commitment to coming in five days a week! I was delighted to see how many other young people with a passion for social justice stepped up during this time of need. My parents also decided to join me and start volunteering.

Unfortunately, not everyone has a family or the support that a family can provide. As you prepare for the holiday with your loved ones, can we count on you to give a gift to support someone in need in our community? You can give the gift of family to someone this Thanksgiving.

As an only child, I find the holidays can be a bit lonely. It’s one of the reasons I like to volunteer in the soup kitchen. It’s nice to be part of something bigger than myself and my immediate family. I love volunteering because everyone makes you feel included. At Shepherds of Good Hope, you are never judged – everyone is here to support one another.

Your donation through Shepherds of Good Hope ensures no one feels alone and reminds someone who is struggling that there is an entire community of people who care for them. Even if we have to stay physically apart, your support reminds us that we are all in this together.

With the colder weather coming and the uncertainty of this pandemic looming, I worry about what life will look like for people staying at the shelter. I’m sure you do too.

As we prepare for the unknown, we need you more than ever. During the winter months, people can’t eat outside and physical distancing indoors will be challenging and labour intensive. We will need to maintain our increased cleaning practices and supply of personal protective equipment. Things are going to get harder, not easier. Please give a gift through Shepherds of Good Hope to ensure we can support vulnerable people in our community.

Thank you for being the support we need throughout this pandemic. Thank you for making sure no one feels alone this Thanksgiving.