Jesus Gave Me A new Life

Initiative brings message of hope and recovery

 
 
 
By Erin McPhee, North Shore NewsDecember 10, 2012
 
 

NORTH Shore residents will be among the volunteers leading by example at an  upcoming event seeking to inspire those struggling with addiction to take  positive steps in their recovery journey.

For the last seven years, the Vancouver-based Servants of Hope Society has  provided a holiday meal to those experiencing homelessness as well as those  struggling with addiction in the Downtown Eastside. The event, Feeding the  Homeless at Christmas in Pigeon Park, is unique as a number of volunteers are in  substance abuse recovery themselves, as well as having previously lived in the  area.

This year’s event will be held Monday, Dec. 17 and Servants of Hope Society  founder Sean H. is expecting it to be their biggest yet.

“I couldn’t feed myself 10 years ago and with a little hope, 10 years later,  I’m now feeding 1,000 with the help of my friends,” he says. “If that isn’t hope  I don’t know what is.”

In addition to the annual Christmas initiative, Servants of Hope runs a  faith-based men’s recovery house in East Vancouver.

The annual holiday meal started small, seeing Sean and two of his friends,  all three in early recovery, show up in the Downtown Eastside to distribute  sandwiches, water, pop and clothing.

They were surprised at the outcome. “They were known in that neighbourhood  for many years and they found recovery,” he says of the friends who accompanied  him, “so we go back down there and next thing you know, there were all these  people who remembered and knew them and had never seen them clean and  sober.”

Those they were serving ran to get others, wanting them to see with their own  eyes the trio’s success in moving forward on a positive, sober path. “That  really, really affected me and it also really affected my two friends,” says  Sean.

In the years that have followed, Sean has continued to lead the charge in  presenting the annual meal, and participation and reach has continued to grow.  The 2011 edition saw more than 100 people volunteer (primarily people in  recovery, former area residents and some who had been served by the dinner in  the past).

“They’re all together on this night in that neighbourhood and they’re just so  grateful to be a part of it, and so happy that they can give back and giving  back is the foundation for turning our lives around,” says Sean.

“We totally understand what it’s like for these people in the Downtown  Eastside, for those that we do help, to be in a food line all year long. It’s  just another food line? No, this is not another food line. This is like nothing  they’ve seen,” he adds.

Together they served dinner to approximately 1,000 people in two hours. In  addition, “Santa Claus” made an appearance and handed out gifts.

Sean hopes the event continues to convince those they serve that change is  possible.

“When all you see is pain and suffering and misery, you need to see hope in  order for you maybe to consider that there is hope for you,” he says.

Organization for this year’s event is on track and while Sean has been  overwhelmed by interested volunteers – from throughout the Lower Mainland,  including the North Shore – and donations of food, blankets and other gifts,  there are a few items he’s still seeking. Warm clothing (mittens, gloves, hats  and socks), chocolate, gift wrap and ribbon are currently on his wish list, as  well as monetary donations to the society.

To make a donation or for more information on the Servants of Hope Society,  visit servantsofhope.ca.

Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/news/Initiative+brings+message+hope+recovery/7673024/story.html#ixzz2GT1K47U1

Whether you like it or not you have no say in the matter.

Whether you like it or not you have no say in the matter.

Your tax dollars support “Harm Reduction  / Terminal Addiction”  here in British Columbia.  Harm Reduction means The free distribution of over “Four Million Needles” yearly, One hundred thousand “Free Crack Pipes” , Vancouver’s world famous  Insite and let’s not forget “Free Methadone”,  VANDU– Vancouver Area  Network Of Drug Users is generously funded to the tune of a quarter million dollars yearly;  all this contributes to the continuous use and free flow of addiction at a very high cost to both you and me. “Millions and Millions” of dollars spent every year with no reduction of the problem. Here is how you can have a say and help to make a difference.   

Why not support Recovery Based Abstinence so that we can make a difference and createNew Men and Women with the true form of harm reduction which should be based on adrug free life

We are “The Servant’s of Hope Society”.

The Servants of Hope Society is a faith based men’s recovery house located on the east side of Vancouver. Founded by Sean H. in 2004 with a vision of men helping men through servitude and the overcoming of addiction. As unconventional as it sounds there has been a very good success rate for the house.

Our Mission:

·        Bringing the message of hope and recovery to the Downtown Eastside.

·        Providing safe, supportive, recovery-based housing.

·        To lead by example of how giving back to the community supports our recovery.

·        Networking with numerous other Recovery Houses and Treatment Centers to provide solutions and hope for those still struggling with addictions.

Our men’s recovery house is in need of a vehicle for our Outreach Work, as well as daily functions. Please consider helping us as God leads you. We are also in need of Financial Support for our continuing operations; we are self sustaining but desire to grow and expand to enable us to help more individuals. 

We have a charitable tax exemption status from the federal government and are able to issue tax receipts
 
You can go to our website and visit the links above to verify who we are. Please do not ask us to go to other groups for support. May the Holy Spirit lead you in considering us as a worthy cause.
 
Yours truly,
Sean Heaney 
Executive Director of The Servant’s Of Hope Society
www.servantsofhope.ca
 
Contact:  sean@servantsofhope.ca  604-720-9335 

THE SERVANT’S OF HOPE SOCIETY

 
 
Sean Heaney
Executive Director
The Servants of Hope Society
604-720-9335
 
The Servant’s Of Hope Society    We are a faith based men’s Recovery house located on the Eastside of Vancouver B.C. Canada. For the last seven years we have tried to make a difference to those who suffer from Addiction and homelessness. Every year at Christmas we spend over three weeks gathering and organizing donations of both food and clothing and go into Canada’s darkest neighbourhood and share the love of god to the less fortunate. A quote from our founder:    “I couldn’t feed myself 10 years ago and with a little hope, 10 years  later, I’m now feeding 1,000 with the help of my friends,”. “If that isn’t hope I don’t know what is.” “When all you see is pain and suffering and misery, you need to see hope in order for you maybe to consider that there is hope for you,”    http://www.canada.com/news/Initiative+brings+message+hope+recovery/7673024/story.html https://www.facebook.com/FeedingTheHomelessAtChristmasInPigeonPark/timeline http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2012/12/servants-of-hope-help-the-dtes/    
Now in its seventh year, the annual feeding the homeless at Christmas event has become a key ingredient to the survival and positive spirit of the residents of the Downtown Eastside. Each year, just a few days before Christmas, the Servants of Hope Society and their countless volunteers set up in Gastown’s Pigeon Park dishing out hot food with warm smiles. The event does more than fill empty bellies and warm up frosty fingers as it offers a message of hope and the possibility of recovery..
 
The Servant’s of Hope Society is in need of your help, this years homeless feeding event was quite a success. Over one thousand were fed hot turkey dinners, 600 sanwiches were handed out, 1200 blankets were distributed, 3000 pieces of chocolate were consumed, 1000 bottles of water, 600 oranges, 500 bananas, 500 wrapped gifts, one thousand pairs of socks, more than one hundred happy volunteers; there’s really nothing more to say other than thank you Jesus.
 
Our men’s recovery house is in need of a vehicle for our outreach work, as well as daily functions. Please consider helping us as God leads you. We are also in need of financial support for our continuing operations, we are self sustaining but desire to grow and expand to enable us to help more individuals. We have a charitable tax exemption status from the federal government and are able to issue tax receipts. 
 
You can go to our website and visit the links above to verify who we are. Please do not ask us to go to other groups for support. May the Holy Spirit lead you in considering us as a worthy cause 
 
Yours truly,
Sean Heaney 
Executive Director of The Servant’s Of Hope Society
 
Contact:  sean@servantsofhope.ca  604-720-9335