Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation

Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation logo.
Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 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. 

Shepherds of Good Hope operates five, soon to be seven, supportive housing residences in four locations across our city. We also operate a community kitchen and drop-in program, health and wellness services, police and paramedic diversion programming, and an emergency shelter for people of all genders. By the end of 2022, we will house more people in permanent supportive housing than we shelter each night for the first time in Shepherds of Good Hope’s history.

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. The Foundation is responsible for all of Shepherds’ fundraising activities, including direct mail appeals, online donations, events and grant submissions.

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At a glance:

Year founded: 1983

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $14,545,644

Twitter: @sghottawa

Facebook: /sghottawa

Instagram: @sghottawa

Top funding sources:

  • City of Ottawa: 56%
  • Donations via Foundation: 13%
  • Rent: 13%
  • Champlain LHIN: 10%
  • Ottawa Inner City Health: 5%
  • Other: 3%

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa

How you can help


By supporting Shepherds of Good Hope, you are transforming the lives of people of all genders who are experiencing homelessness, many of whom live with mental health challenges, addictions, and trauma. Your investment in our community will help people experiencing homelessness and people who are at risk of homelessness by directly supporting much-needed programs and services that make a difference every day. Programs like our internationally-renowned Managed Alcohol Program and Supervised Consumption and Treatment Service save lives in our community by reversing overdoses and helping people with substance use disorders find hope again. Our Transitional Emergency Shelter Program serves individuals who need specialized health care in a non-judgemental and caring environment. This reduces hospital emergency room wait times, frees up first responder personnel’s time, and provides more tailored care for the individual. By supporting Shepherds of Good Hope, you are helping to make chronic homelessness a thing of the past as we build permanent supportive housing and move people out of shelters and into homes of their own. Without your support, none of these innovative programs would be possible. Please donate today!

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Every day, Shepherds of Good Hope volunteers make positive contributions all across our city, and show people experiencing homelessness and vulnerably-housed adults in our community that people care. Find the right spot for you. We offer volunteering opportunities across our city at supportive housing residences in Kanata, Carlington, Lowertown, and Rideau-Rockcliffe. We also offer soup kitchen volunteering shifts in our Murray Street community kitchen. You can explore our year-round and seasonal volunteering by going to our website to apply and learn more.

Events and fundraising

There are many ways to support Shepherds of Good Hope throughout the year via our community events! We are excited to bring back our signature event, Taste for Hope, in 2022. This is the foodie event of the season bringing together Ottawa’s top chefs as they prepare exquisite dishes for you to enjoy with craft beer, wine, and cocktails all under one roof. All proceeds support our programs and services at Shepherds of Good Hope.

This year, we were proud to put on our first ever virtual concert, Sing for Hope. With the support of 11 musicians from across our city (and a few residents in our supportive housing facilities), we created a new version of the iconic Beatles song, “Here Comes the Sun,” filmed in notable locations across the city. We also hosted our first virtual telethon, Jingle for Hope, over the holiday season. We are happy to announce that Gobble for Hope and Hop for Hope, our food box programs cooked by local celebrity chefs and delivered right to your door will be available again this year over Thanksgiving and Easter, respectively.

Stay tuned for more innovative events from Shepherds of Good Hope over the coming year!

Board members and executives

Shepherds of Good Hope

Tom Burrow


Catherine Danbrook


Robin Sellar


 John Peters

Terry Blake

Laurel Johnson

Steve Ball

Chantal Desmarais Barton

 Donna Lougheed

Julie Terrien

Darryl Squires

Louisa Ibhaze

Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation

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Deirdre Freiheit is president and CEO of the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation; Ryan Kilger is chair

Deirdre Freiheit

President and CEO

Ryan Kilger


Mark Roundell


Kaveh Rikhtegar


John Peters 

David Rattray

Wendy Hope

Carrol Pitters

Fundraising priorities

  • Supportive housing
  • Harm reduction
  • Emergency shelter services

Get in touch

233 Murray St.

Ottawa, Ont.

K1N 5M9