In our efforts to instill within ourselves the various aspects of the UGCC Vibrant Parishes initiative, the seminarians and formation staff assists one each month at Shepherds of Good Hope. We join with the volunteers from St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine under the leadership and energy of Larisa Galadza, our instructor for music and cantoring.
Shepherds of Good Hope is one of the largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to the needs of homeless and vulnerably-housed in the city of Ottawa. They provide around-the-clock, comprehensive services to both women and men, most of whom live with addictions, mental health challenges and trauma. From a 254 bed shelter, to their 5 supportive living residences across the City of Ottawa, over 450 men and women sleep in their facilities each night. By offering innovative programs and services in a non-judgmental environment, Shepherds of Good Hope is creating a community for all through acceptance, compassion and care.
All photos courtesy of Jay Korban.