Good Shepherd Ministries values and protects the confidentiality of donors, volunteers and staff. We do not sell, trade or rent your personal information.
We collect personal information about you on this website only if you volunteer it in a survey and/or guest book and/or other "on site" registrations. We may use this information to contact you for support purposes and to answer questions you submit to the site. All information is kept confidential.
If you supply us with your mailing address on-line, you may receive periodic mailings from us with information about new programs and services or upcoming events.
We have a Privacy Officer who works to ensure that your privacy is protected. Send any questions or comments to the attention of the privacy officer.
Good Shepherd Ministries
412 Queen Street East
If you would like to be removed from the Good Shepherd Ministries mailing list, please e-mail your request to email@example.com, or call (416) 869-3619, ext. 223.
Further information on privacy and your rights in regard to your personal information may be found on the Privacy Commissioner of Canada website at www.privcom.gc.ca.
In one of his first appearances as Pope, Francis said, “How I wish for a poor Church, a church for the poor!”
When he speaks of the poor, Francis embraces those who are impoverished by age, loneliness, social isolation, disabilities, illness, and addiction.
In the dining room at Good Shepherd, we also extend this embrace. We provide the food. We also provide the welcome, the company, the family.
One guest makes sure to say, “See you tonight!” as he leaves the morning drop-in. That means he will return at 2 o’clock for his main meal. How often do we leave our homes and say, “See you tonight,” and not even think about it? But this man has no-one else. Only at Good Shepherd does he know he will be expected and welcomed.
God, Pope Francis reminds us, has a “certain weak spot of love for those who are lost or have strayed furthest from him.” And God doesn’t keep the lost sheep separate from the flock when they return. He returns them in all their dignity, and it makes Him joyful. Our God is a God of life and of joy.
In that Spirit of life and joy, we work to make the dining room at Good Shepherd a place of welcome, of dignity.
For many who come to us, it is enough that we keep the door open and the coffee hot. Some people come for years and we do not know their name or their story.
But for many others, Good Shepherd’s dining room is a place of warmth, laughter, friendship. There is the dignity of belonging.
Once, a guest apologized for being away for months. She said she missed us because “You accept me just as I am.” She was back, and we rejoiced.