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GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER

RECOGNITION: to acknowledge the contributions of each person. HOSPITALITY: to be welcoming and respond generously to another's need. COMPASSION: to energize the spirit within us to act on behalf of each person.Key Guiding Values • FAITH: to be aware of God’s presence in our everyday life • • • • • • • • • experience. truth and strength of each person. DIGNITY: to recognize the inherent goodness and worth of each person. ACCEPTANCE: to embrace the diversity and uniqueness of each person. TRUST: to have a firm belief in the reliability. RESPECT: to have regard for the feelings and rights of each person. INTEGRITY: to respond honestly to the needs of each person. EMPATHY: to identify with and be present to each other. .

• Provide basic necessities such as food and shelter as well as supplementary services to ensure each client justice. • The goal is to move clients out of homelessness and into freedom. dignity and acceptance. marginalized and disadvantaged people. . equality. • Believe in each person’s inherent goodness and potential for growth.Mission • Provide assistance to homeless.

The Centre provides the basic necessities of life and it also helps people to overcome addictions.000 individuals used the services offered by Good Shepherd Ministries. All services are provided without distinction and free of charge to anyone in need. . an estimated 5. • Services are provided 365 days a year by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. shelter and clothing for people in need.General Overview • Good Shepherd Centre opened in 1963 to provide food. to find health care and to find housing. • In 2011.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES OFFERED Description of the population served .

community and recovery opportunities.000 are estimated to be homeless in Canada in 2008. emphasizing dignity. • Of the 32. • Charities that provide housing. • Food banks are the first-line of defence stopping those in crisis from becoming homeless. from any walk of life. have top results in intervening with our chronically homeless.Homelessness in Canada • 157. • Homelessness can happen to anyone. . the average life expectancy is 39 years.000 chronically homeless who have lived on the streets for more than one year.

Overnight Shelter • Good Shepherd Centre provides • • • • 91 shelter beds for adult men ages 18 and older. Guests who do not get a bed at the Centre are referred to other shelters. Facilities include showers and all overnight guests are provided with towels and toiletries. Bed registration begins daily at 5:30 p. In 2011.m. Guests receive a snack at 7:00 p.m. . the beds operated at 100% capacity.m. Earlier in the day. volunteers help make beds with clean sheets and blankets. and a hot breakfast is served at 7:30 a.

. Largest meal program in Toronto.Food and Clothing • Morning Drop-in • Clothing Room – over 100 items of clothing distributed per day. • Meal service – serves more than 1100 people per day.

Staying sober takes daily commitment and work. DARE provides a place to live after treatment. .DARE (Drug and Alcohol Recovery Enrichment) Program • The 25-bed DARE Program gives homeless men with addiction • • • • • a safe. supportive place to live while waiting for treatment. The 25 clients live together in a secure dormitory. In 2009. DARE alumni are welcome to return for support. For clients who need more time to find housing. offering each other support and encouragement. an average of 47 DARE alumni visited each month for ongoing support. DARE provides counselling that prepares clients for residential treatment for addiction. In 2009. Abstinence Based 129 people entered treatment via the DARE program. 59 men used the aftercare services.

to solve immigration problems. clients must be over the age of 18 and be staying overnight at Good Shepherd Centre. • Resettlement housing workers do much more than just find housing for their clients. to replace lost ID. . to connect to social assistance.Resettlement/Housing Program • Works one-on-one with homeless men. They help each client to develop a plan to cope with other problems. Housing workers help clients to get health care. helping them to find and keep suitable housing. • To use the Resettlement Program.

Early Detection and Early Treatment emphasized. 75 individuals served weekly . Common health problems treated. The coordinator also organizes a foot-care clinic once a month.Medical Clinic • Registered Nurse available 5 days and 4 evenings a • • • • week. helps clients apply for free eye-glasses and arranges affordable dental care. For those that require more complex treatment – referrals are provided.

• Provides support and encouragement • Provides spiritual guidance • Provides interfaith dialogue and prayer . but opens its arms to persons of all faiths and with no faith tradition.Pastoral Care • Rooted in Roman Catholic tradition.

FUNDING SOURCES and community partners. .

• Knights of Columbus. Blessed Trinity Council 11681 Government • City of Toronto • Toronto Central LHIN (Ontario) • Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (Ontario) Partners • Daily Bread Food Bank • Second Harvest • Windfall Clothing .Funding Benefactors • RCEC .Archdiocese of Toronto/ShareLife/Catholic Charities • Gregory Graham Foundation • Good Shepherd Community Church • Pinchin Environmental Ltd.

NUTRITION PROFESSIONAL’S ROLE .

• I would envision myself in Nutrition Advisor role to provide patients with the guidance they need to avoid excessive weight loss. . They rely on food donations. malnutrition or fatigue. and use what they receive. dehydration. • I can also use my knowledge and experience as a trained cook.Nutrition • They do not have a Dietician or any other Nutrition professional.

• Important to remember that this can happen to anyone. .What I Learned • Volunteers are amazing! • Many people use the service. • Many people are dependent on it. • It is a part of our lives we often do not think about.