The Good Shepherd Ministries provides homeless and disadvantaged individuals with a place to get a hot meal, clean clothes, and a safe, clean bed for the night. It is a place to go when you need someone to listen, someone to help. The Good Shepherd includes three initiatives:
- the Good Shepherd Centre, a shelter providing services for homeless and disadvantaged people;
- Barrett House, a supportive housing residence for people living with HIV and AIDS; and
- St. Joseph’s Residence, a supportive housing residence for seniors with a history of homelessness. Good Shepherd Ministries offers a number of programs and services to support the physical and spiritual wellbeing of the community.
Good Shepherd Ministries offers a number of programs and services to support the physical and spiritual wellbeing of the community.
St. Paul’s participates in the Pastoral Care program at Good Shepherd Ministries to offer care, support, encouragement and love to guests, staff, volunteers and visitors. Our work contributes to the Good Shepherd’s efforts to fulfill each person’s inherent right to be treated with dignity and respect and to live a life free from homelessness. In addition to other supports and services, we offer spiritual guidance, direction and accompaniment to those in need, as well as visitations with the sick and dying. We also hold St. Paul’s noon-time weekday masses at the Good Shepherd Centre.
Last year, an estimated 16,000 individuals used the services offered by Good Shepherd Ministries. All services are provided without distinction, free of charge to anyone in need, 365 days a year by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers.
For all who visit it, Good Shepherd Ministries is a place that promotes human dignity. A place where people and in particular the ‘last’ – the homeless, the marginalized – come first of all.
For more information about the Good Shepherd Ministries, visit its website here.