Shepherds of Good Hope

Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation

This profile originally appeared in the 2018-19 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 five – soon to be six – supportive housing facilities, a soup kitchen, health and wellness programming, clothing and grocery program, 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.

Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation

At a glance

Year founded: 1983
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $12,381,435

Top funding sources:

  • City of Ottawa: 49%
  • Rent: 14%
  • Donations Vis Foundation: 9%
  • Champlain LHIN: 9%
  • Volunteer hours: 9%
  • Donated items: 5%
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation: 2%
  • Grants and other donations: 2%
  • Other 1%
  • Geographic region of focus: Ottawa

Fundraising priorities:

  • Supportive housing
  • Harm-reduction

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.

Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation

Many of the people served by Shepherds of Good Hope suffer from mental health challenges, trauma and addiction issues. By helping to support these individuals, you are making a difference in our community.


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

Holidays for Hope

Holidays for Hope is a festive holiday concert featuring DALA on Dec. 1, 2018. Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of DALA will entertain with a folk-pop musical set to celebrate the season at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. A one-hour VIP meet-and-greet event with the artists will prelude the concert. Funds raised will go to our Hope Living elevator campaign, a supportive housing facility in Kanata home to 93 formerly homeless seniors.

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 seventh annual Taste for Hope is Shepherds of Good Hope’s signature fundraising event of the year and will take place Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park.

Board members and executives

SOGH Foundation
Margaret Tansey is the chair of the Shepherds of Good Hope Board; Ryan Kilger is the chair of the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation.

Margaret Tansey
Chair of the board - Shepherds of Good Hope

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

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

  • Ryan Kilger
  • Mark Roundell
  • Brynn McMahon
  • John Peters
  • Melissa Shabinsky
  • Angèle Mènard
  • Dr. Alykhan Abdulla

Get in touch

233 Murray Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 5M9

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