BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
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Gabe Shortt started volunteering at Shepherd when he was a student at Taylor University. After graduation, he spent a year mentoring kids in Shepherd’s after school programs as part of an internship. While working with the kids and interacting with other Shepherd staff and volunteers,...

When Bess* came to Shepherd, this hard-working mother needed support to build the ten assets required to break the cycle of poverty in her family. “Bess has never been afraid to advocate for herself and her children.” With some of her children having disabilities, Bess had to...

Fifteen years ago, Kathryn* came to Shepherd’s women’s group with few of the skills she would need to break the cycle of poverty for her family.“Kathryn wanted more for her daughters.” In addition to coming to Shepherd herself, Kathryn put her children into Shepherd programs as...

When Pam Rady left her inner-city neighborhood at the age of 21, she thought she’d never be back.  “I was bitter, because I’ve been through a lot.” Decades later, when her son became a pastor in Shepherd’s community, Pam became a believer, and God began to change...

The pandemic has widened economic disparities in Indianapolis. Here’s how you can help families make it through a desperate time. Economists call it the K-shaped recovery. For many upper-income Americans, the economic rebound from the COVID-19 recession has been swift and lucrative.  Net wealth is rising.  Retirement...

Word on the street: Here’s how Shepherd makes a difference in families’ lives Word-of-mouth is the oldest form of marketing in existence. And it’s still one of the most effective. When one person tells another person how someone or something improved their life, it resonates because it’s personal...

Innovation in the time of corona: How Shepherd’s learning pods help students overcome pandemic-related learning loss This summer, McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm, published a report about student learning loss amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It carried this disturbing headline: “The hurt could last a...

COVID-19 has made hunger a constant companion for many Americans. Here’s how you can help. The figure – in a nation with as much wealth and resources as the United States – is staggering.   On Aug. 16, the Wall Street Journal reported, based on data from...

‘Connectivity is oxygen’: How Shepherd Community is helping families gain internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools across the nation to shut down in March, families and educators were suddenly confronted with a new set of complex challenges. Chief among them:...

Shepherd’s new child care center will set foundation for lifetime of learning   It doesn’t take much imagination to see what Christmas programs will one day look and sound like at the Minnie Hartmann Center on Indianapolis’ near east side. As scores of young children sing carols, dozens...