Questions About The Home

How many children are able to stay at HGS at one time?

  • HGS can serve up to 80 children at any given time.

Where do children stay at HGS?

  • HGS has 9 cottages where children live with a house parent.  The boy's site has five cottages, and the girl's site has four.  Children are placed into cottages based on their age.

How do children end up at HGS?

  • Children arrive at Home of the Good Shepherd because they were living in an unsafe environment.

How long do children stay at HGS?

  • Children stay at Home of the Good Shepherd until their home living situation has been deemed safe, or until another safe living environment is available (i.e. Aunt, Uncle, Grandparent)

  • Some children stay at HGS for weeks, months, or possibly years.

Questions About Beliefs And Practices

Does HGS have spiritual values?

  • Home of the Good Shepherd believes...

  • ...That Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and is the only way to receive the forgiveness of sin leading to eternal life.


  • ...That the Holy Spirit equips and empowers Christ followers to live for God beyond their own strength and ability.

  • ...That the Bible is the infallible living Word of God which guides Christ followers to a meaningful journey through life on earth as they walk in relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Our mission is to provide the highest quality of care in a Christian environment, defend the cause of the weak and homeless, maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed and rescue the needy children – recognizing that this is a genuine expression of Christ’s mission and ministry.

Does HGS have a mission statement?

Questions About Child Sponsorship

How much does it cost to sponsor a child at HGS?

  • Children at HGS can be sponsored monthly in increments of $30.  ($30/month to sponsor one child, $60/month to sponsor two children, etc.)

Can I select a sponsor child from a list or photograph?

  • For the safety of the children, HGS does not have individual pictures of children awaiting sponsorship.


  • Individuals interested in sponsoring a child may request a child of specific age / gender, and HGS staff will try to accommodate these requests if possible.

Can I send a toy or gift to the child I support monthly?

  • HGS is not able to accept toys or other gifts for individual children in keeping with fairness for others who may not receive extra gifts from their sponsor.

  • Letters or cards sent to sponsor children are encouraged.

Questions About Donations

Is my donation tax receiptable?

  • Yes - A tax deductible receipt is issued for donations of $20 or more.

I donated online through CanadaHelps.  How do I receive my tax receipt?

  • If you donated online, you can view your tax receipt by logging into your account at

  • For detailed instructions on obtaining your tax receipt for online giving, or for other questions about online donations click HERE.

If I donate online, does my entire donation go towards Home of the Good Shepherd?

  • CanadaHelps charges a fee for every donation made online.

  • 4% of the donation is charged for one time donations.

  • 3.5% of the donation is charged for monthly donations.

  • Donors are receipted for the entire amount they choose to give.

  • For more details on online donation fees click HERE.

I donated by giving directly (through cash, cheque, or automatic bank withdrawal), does my entire donation go towards Home of the Good Shepherd?

  • Yes - Donations given directly are able to be used in their entirety towards caring for the children of Home of the Good Shepherd.

Questions About Affiliations

Does HGS have charitable status?

  • Yes - Home of the Good Shepherd is a registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency.

  • Registered charity #886959204 RR0001

What organizations is HGS affiliated with?

  • Home of the Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (

  • Home of the Good Shepherd is an affiliate member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (