If there's just one thing I'd want people in this city to know - it's that we're more than just a soup kitchen."
As the Executive Director of the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation, this is a misconception Anna Silverman fights every day.
And it's not the only one.
"Most people don't even know that we also help women," she says.
Contrary to what many people might think, support provided by the Shepherds of Good Hope extends well beyond feeding the city's homeless men. In fact, they have seven buildings in the city from which they help men, women and even children. Programs include emergency shelters, supportive living, and supplying groceries to over 21,000 Ottawa families.
On Friday, December 7, CBC Ottawa will dedicate an entire day of local air time to telling the stories of people who have been touched by the Shepherds of Good Hope. Audiences will hear first-hand how this organization is making a difference, which in turn may inspire them to donate to the Ottawa organization.
"While we tell important stories all year long, Share Central is the one day each year when we focus entirely on the people in our city who are struggling," says Ruth Zowdu, executive producer of Current Affairs. "It's always so moving to see how our audience responds. Each year we are reminded of what a generous city this is."
Stories about the Shepherds of Good Hope will start airing on the following CBC Ottawa local programs in the weeks leading up to December 7:
For more information visit www.cbc.ca/ottawa.
To find out how you can get involved, or to learn more about making a donation on-air, contact Joanne Steventon (613-288-6448)