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About Good Shepherd

"The Good Shepherd", as it is affectionately called, is well known on the streets of Toronto. It's a place to get a hot meal, clean clothes, a safe, clean bed for the night. It's a place to go when you need someone to listen, someone to help.

What makes Good Shepherd Ministries special? The answer is different for each person who walks through the door.

For some, Good Shepherd Ministries means Good Shepherd Centre, the place where you go when there's no money left for food. "There is always good food here and no one ever gets turned away," as one meal line guest said.

For others, Good Shepherd Ministries means transformation, a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs. "You gave me hope and love at the time of my deepest despair," remembers one DARE client.

For those who live at Barrett House and St. Joseph's Residence, Good Shepherd Ministries means home and 24-hour support. "I would be going from hostel to hostel if I wasn't here," says Brian, one of the seniors who lives at St. Joseph's Residence.

For all of us, Good Shepherd Ministries is a place that promotes human dignity. A place where people come first. A place where the 'last' - the homeless, the marginalized - come first of all.

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Executive
Director's
Message

Br. David Lynch, OH

Homelessness isn't my problem. It isn't your problem. It isn't the government's problem. It isn't the faith community's problem.

Homelessness is OUR problem. Only when we work together can we make a difference.

If you want to make a difference in the lives of people who struggle with homelessness and poverty, you have come to the right place. You can contribute a new pair of socks, an hour of your time, a financial gift.

At Good Shepherd Ministries, dozens of people do ‘small things with great love' each day.

As we work together, it adds up to a huge labour of love and compassion that touches the lives of thousands of people each year.

As you visit our website, I hope you find ways that you can join in the deeply meaningful, vitally important work of easing the burden of homelessness.

Work with us, and you can transform homelessness from a ‘problem' to a source of personal inspiration, a call to community and to action.

Join us in helping the homeless. The life you change might be your own.

Our History

1951
1951
Br. Mathias Barrett, an Irish-born Catholic with a passion for serving the poor, founds The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This congregation of men grows, founding missions in England, Ireland, Haiti, United States, and Canada.
1963
1963
Archbishop Pocock invites the Little Brothers to open a refuge to serve the homeless and destitute poor. The new Good Shepherd Refuge is located on Queen Street East, in an historically poor area of Toronto.
1986
1986
AIDS takes hold in Toronto. There is no treatment and few services for people whose lives have been devastated. Barrett House, Toronto's first supportive housing residence for people living with HIV and AIDS, opens as a compassionate response to the crisis.
1996
1996
As part of its mission to help people regain freedom from homelessness, Good Shepherd Refuge launches the Resettlement/Housing Program.
1997
1997
Good Shepherd Refuge changes its name to Good Shepherd Centre. Good Shepherd Centre launches the Transition Program, now the DARE (Drug and Alcohol Recovery Enrichment) Program, an innovative response to the vicious cycle of homelessness and addictions.
1999
1999
In response to the growing number of elderly homeless individuals, the Brothers open St. Joseph’s Residence, a supportive residence for frail seniors with a history of homelessness.
2002
2002
In response to the need for better health care for homeless individuals, a full time Health Care Coordinator (a registered RN) is hired. A formal Pastoral Care Program is implemented to respond to the spiritual needs of clients, volunteers and staff.
2004
2004
Executive Director Brother David Lynch receives "Power of Humanity" award from the Red Cross for "creativity and vision in serving the homeless."
2009
2009
Good Shepherd Centre undergoes major kitchen and dining room renovation.
2010
2010
Good Shepherd Ministries partners with the Royal Canadian Legion and Veterans Affairs Canada to provide services to homeless Veterans as part of the Leave the Streets Behind program.
2013
2013
Good Shepherd celebrates 50 years of compassionate service to people in need. Good Shepherd launches its own life skills program for Veterans: Veterans Living Better.

Vision, Mission and Values

THE GOOD SHEPHERD VISION

Our Goal
To alleviate the effects of poverty while striving to eliminate chronic homelessness within our community.
THE GOOD SHEPHERD MISSION

Good Shepherd Ministries is present to the homeless and most neglected members of our community. We offer a broad range of compassionate programs and services to enhance quality of life while inspiring hope and promoting human dignity.
THE GOOD SHEPHERD VALUES

At Good Shepherd Ministries we strive to live the following values with the utmost integrity:
HOSPITALITY: To welcome others with generosity and openness
COMPASSION: To be lovingly present and open to others
FAITH: To have faith in each other and be aware of God’s presence in our lives
ACCEPTANCE: To celebrate, recognize and respect the diversity of each person
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Board of Directors

  • MARY FEDERAU

    Mattamy Homes
    EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

  • WERNER ZAPFE
    - CHAIRMAN

    Four Seasons Drywall Systems and Acoustics Ltd.
    President

  • EDDIE THORNTON

    Retired Union Executive

  • BR. RICHARD MACPHEE, OH

    Good Shepherd Centres - Hamilton
    Executive Director

  • BR. REGINALD HOWSON, OH

    Hospitaller Order of St. John of God - Province of the Good Shepherd in North America

  • GINA DI LORENZO-BURRY

    Royal Lepage Terrequity Realty
    Sales Representative

  • PETER L. BERRY, P. ENG
    - TREASURER/SECRETARY

    Retired

  • GORDON J. MANION

    Manion Wilkins & Associates Ltd.
    Principal

  • PETER PROSZANSKI, LLP

    Himelfarb, Proszanski
    Barristers & Solicitors

  • ROBERT GRAHAM

    Derwyn Investments
    President