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Tending Sheep, the Third Installment

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Organization: The Good Shepherd

Date: May 13, 2011

Location: 412 Queen Street East,Toronto

Facilitator: Rebecca Ferguson, Fundraising, Events and Resources Coordinator

About the Organization: The Good Shepherd Ministries was founded by “Br. Mathias Barrett, an Irish-born Catholic with a passion for serving the poor” in 1955 inNew Mexico. The Good Shepherd is named after the stories of the good shepherd, Jesus Christ and His compassionate stature. The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd operates based upon Jesus’ love and care. The ministry grew and found missions in England, Ireland, Haiti and of course, Canada. In 1963,Toronto’s Archbishop Pocock invited the Little Brothers to open a refuge for the poor and needy. The Good Shepherd Centre opened at Queen Street East, “a historically poor area in Toronto”. Today, the Good Shepherd besides providing food, clothes and shelter, also aid deprived people get back to their lives through several programs. Some of these programs include, drug rehabilitation programs (DARE) and house resettlement plans. The Good Shepherd is guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ and is “a leading provider of comprehensive services to homeless, disadvantaged and marginalized people”. The Ministry operates thanks to its staff and many volunteers.”

Tasks: In our third trip to the Good Shepherd, we sorted out toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toilet paper, etc.) and made beds.

            In our past trips, we have learned the importance of serving the poor food as they battle starvation. This time, we learned the significance of people’s other basic needs such as cleanliness and shelter. The toiletries we sorted are used directly by Good Shepherd patrons for their personal hygiene and health (you know what they say, cleanliness is next to godliness). In making the beds, we ready the beds for the patrons to sleep on (these people have no place to stay for the night). Also, by making the beds we let the Good Shepherd patrons know that we value their dignity.


Written by Elvin Madamba

June 6, 2011 at 11:17 PM

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  1. your blog inspired me! im part of the h.e.l.p program this year and seeing how you did your portfolio made me want to do the same thing. thanks for the great idea!! :)


    October 10, 2011 at 8:21 PM

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