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Congratulations Good Shepherd!

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. Congratulations Good Shepherd!

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.

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About cjw

A mother of three and a survivor of domestic violence, I am passionate about helping women who feel isolated and alone, women who may have children that are profoundly impacted by the trauma of domestic violence and women who need to understand where they can go to get help for themselves and their families. I am a registered nurse who has worked for the last 16 years in a critical care area only to have to flee to a women's shelter and have my whole life changed. I know fear, I know pain and I now know food banks...I'm in good company.

One Response to Congratulations Good Shepherd!

  1. Bruce M September 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Well said! Cass did a great job. It is good for the politicians and government-types (like me) to hear how the housing helps change lives. It helps keep us motivated. I am glad for the perseverence of Good Shepherd in pursueing God’s will to show love and compassion.

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