Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation

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This profile originally appeared in the 2020-21 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

Shepherds of Good Hope is one of the largest not-for-profit organizations dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless and vulnerably-housed people of all genders in the city of Ottawa. Our vision is to provide homes for all, community for all, hope for all. We foster hope and reduce harm in Ottawa by providing around-the-clock specialized services, programs and partnerships. Many of the people who access Shepherds of Good Hope’s programs and services face challenges with mental health, addictions and trauma. 

Today, Shepherds of Good Hope offers programs and services that go far beyond this. Shepherds of Good Hope operates four, soon to be five, supportive housing facilities, a soup kitchen and evening drop in, health and wellness programming and a transitional shelter.

Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation is dedicated to ethical fundraising and sustainable financial management. We support the work of Shepherds of Good Hope through ethical, donor-centred fundraising, and to ensure sustainable financial management of the organization.

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At a glance

Year founded: 1983

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $14,679,305

Top funding sources:

  • City of Ottawa: 49%
  • Rent: 14%
  • Donations via Foundation: 12%
  • Champlain LHIN: 9%
  • Volunteer hours: 5%
  • Donated items: 4%
  • Grants and other donations: 3%
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation: 1%
  • Other: 3%

How you can help


By supporting Shepherds of Good Hope, you are making an investment in our community by making an investment in helping people experiencing homelessness and precarious housing in Ottawa to access much-needed programs and services. In helping fund Shepherds of Good Hope’s innovative and internationally renowned programming, such as our Transitional Emergency Shelter Program or our Managed Alcohol Program, you are helping to reduce emergency room wait times, free up emergency response personnel, provide shelter and feed our city’s most vulnerable adult women and men. 

Many of the people served by Shepherds of Good Hope suffer from mental health challenges, trauma and addiction issues. By helping support these individuals, you are making a difference in the lives of some of our city's most vulnerable residents.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our volunteer opportunities have been limited. Volunteers continue to be active in our soup kitchen, prepping, cooking and serving meals to people using our emergency shelter, and vulnerable community members who access our community lunch and evening drop in. Our volunteer procedures are designed to keep all volunteers, staff and clients safe and limit the spread of COVID-19. Visit our website to apply or learn more!

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Events and fundraising

For eight years, our signature event, Taste for Hope, brought together Ottawa’s foodie community for an evening of exquisite food prepared by renowned local chefs, craft beer, wine and cocktails, live and silent auction items, all to support our innovative programs and services.  

This year, our partnership with local restaurants continues with our “Food for Hope” series. At our inaugural event, Grill for Hope, chef Steph Legarie showed supporters how to grill like a pro for Father’s Day. Our upcoming Gobble For Hope provides a full Thanksgiving dinner for six, prepared by some of Ottawa’s most talented chefs and sponsored by Keller Engineering.

Stay tuned for more innovative virtual events from Shepherds of Good Hope and our dedicated supporters!

Board members and executives 

Chair of the board Ryan Kilger; President and CEO Deirdre Freiheit 

Shepherds of Good Hope

  • Margaret Tansey
  • John Peters
  • Robin Sellar
  • Murray Knowles
  • Maureen McKeown
  • Susanne Laperle
  • Laurel Johnson
  • Terry Blake
  • Tom Burrow
  • Catherine Danbrook 
  • Stephen Ball

Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation

  • Mark Roundell
  • Brynn McMahon
  • John Peters
  • Angèle Mènard
  • David Rattray
  • Kaveh Rikhtegar

Fundraising Priorities:

  • Supportive housing
  • Harm reduction
  • Emergency shelter services

Get in touch

233 Murray Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 5M9

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