This morning I attended the grand opening of The Good Shepherd Square. There was a great turnout with everyone from politicians to residents, wonderful music and lots of absolutely delicious free food. I went to this event today to support my friend Cass who was asked to speak from the point of view of a resident. Cass did an amazing job which is no great surprise as she is super talented in pretty much anything she puts her hand to; she stood up there in front of big wigs and little wigs alike and told her story with grace and presence.
There were lots of great speeches this morning, moving and compelling ones which really made me feel proud to live in this city. I felt proud of the people who live in the area of the Square, who had to grapple with what it meant to have a shelter and housing right next door. Well done to you I say and thank you for your support! I felt proud of the Good Shepherd Board of Directors and the Little Brothers who have been driving the project, I felt proud of the residents of the buildings who came out undaunted to mix and mingle with guests in what is now their own back yard and heck I felt proud that Tim Horton's had donated coffee...OK you get the point. It was a lovely event this morning. Hamilton as a city is no doubt the better for this project, the Square being home now to so many people who have struggled for too long to find safe and affordable housing. As a survivor of Domestic Violence I am saying THANK YOU GOOD SHEPHERD for giving my friends homes, for keeping them safe and for showing what grit, determination and hope can do.by