The Social Ministry team supports local nonprofit organizations that provide food, shelter, health care and services in the community. Additionally, we support important programs that benefit God’s people around the world. These include Compassion International and Operation Christmas Child.
Last summer we supported the Religious Coalition, the Frederick Rescue Mission, Mission of Mercy, Heartly House and ELCA World Hunger. Other community organization we support have included: Habitat for Humanity, Second Street & Hope, SHIP and the Community Action Agency’s food bank.
Good Shepherd will begin participating as a host church for the Religious Coalition’s Emergency Family Shelter on July 22, with our first shelter week being July 22 – 28.
Training for Emergency Family Shelter volunteers from Good Shepherd will be held on Thursday, July 13 from 7-8 p.m. at the church for all volunteers who have completed and returned their applications by June 25.
The Religious Coalition will complete all background checks of adults 18 years and older, to include parents of youth who wish to participate.
The biggest need will be for two to three volunteers to help move equipment and cots into the Community Room at 8:30 a.m. on July 22.
Each evening, two – three volunteers will welcome families, and offer snacks and water/juice. Volunteers may offer to read to the children, play board games with the families, or otherwise interact with the families as a loving Christian community. The evening hours are 6 – 10 p.m. Volunteers can also provide packaged or home-made snacks and beverages.
Paid staff is responsible for supervising the residents during their stay in our church “home.”
This three-year-old program for homeless families with children provides shelter and supportive compassionate environment and the necessary resources to help participating families regain self-sufficiency.
Additional shelter dates are September 16-22 and December 9 – 15, 2017.
Who are these families? Ordinary moms, dads and kids who for one reason or another have fallen on hard times and need a hand up. To volunteer, contact Peg Marose at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-639-3099.
Last fall we also participated in ELCA’s “Good Gifts” program, whereby people took ornaments and, instead of a gift, purchased a flock of chicks, a goat, a school uniform for a girl, a mosquito net, etc. to give as a gift to a loved one. More information is at https://community.elca.org/elcagoodgifts.
We also collected 86 boxes filled with toys, hygiene items etc. for children around the world. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.
In December, we collected gifts for children and moms at Heartly House. Hats and mittens were also collected and will be distributed among the children.