Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation

Shepherds of Good Hope

This profile originally appeared in the 2019-20 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. 

Founded in 1983 as a soup kitchen and emergency shelter, today Shepherds of Good Hope is beyond a soup kitchen. Shepherds of Good Hope operates four, soon to be five, supportive housing facilities, a soup kitchen, health and wellness programming, a transitional shelter and a social enterprise day program. 

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.

Shepards of Good Hope

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: 47%
  • Rent: 14%
  • Donations vis Foundation: 10%
  • Champlain LHIN: 9%
  • Volunteer hours: 8%
  • Donated items: 6%
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation: 3%
  • Grants and other donations: 2%
  • Other: 1%

How you can help


By supporting Shepherds of Good Hope, you are making an investment in our community by helping Ottawa’s homeless and vulnerably-housed 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 our community.

Volunteer Shepard


More than 400 volunteers contribute their time and expertise and are an integral part of the community at Shepherds of Good Hope. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available and we strive to find the best fit to your skillset. From cooking in the soup kitchen to cutting hair, to playing music to gardening – there is something for everyone. With eight locations across the city of Ottawa, from downtown to Kanata, there are volunteer opportunities available to best suit your geographic location.

Events and Fundraising 

Taste for Hope

Taste for Hope gathers guests for an evening of exquisite delicacies prepared by 18 renowned Ottawa chefs and a selection of fine wines, local beers and specialty cocktails. The eighth annual Taste for Hope is Shepherds of Good Hope’s signature fundraising event of the year and has sold out for the third year in a row. Taste for Hope will take place Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park.

Board members and executives

Shepherds of Good Hope - Executives

Ryan Kilger is the chair of the board of the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation; Deirdre Freiheit is the President and CEO of the Shepherds of Good Hope.

Ryan Kilger Chair of the board - Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation

Deirdre Freiheit President and CEO - Shepherds of Good Hope

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
  • Kaveh Rikhtegar

Get in touch

233 Murray Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 5M9

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