BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
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This past Friday a fire took the life of a 90-year-old woman and seriously injured her 68-year-old daughter in our neighborhood. This is a family that regularly receives food delivered to their home by Shepherd volunteers. This, among many other things, causes us to grieve and reminds...

Even though the weather has been cold and dreary late, Spring is in the air! But our program kids are anxious to get outside and play! Whether the students are playing baseball, soccer, or just climbing on a playground set, spring is a time for our students...

So how do you keep up with what we’re doing at Shepherd? Well, we have lots of ways that you can keep up with the exciting happenings here at Shepherd Community Center from the convenience of wherever you are: ? Check out our Shepherd Facebook ? Sign up for...

Are you weary of the campaigns? I am! Somehow we have lost the decorum and honor of the past. I was reading “The Relevance of Religion” a book by Former US Senator John Ashcroft. In it he says,"...

While many college students head south for spring break, Shepherd is blessed to have groups from several colleges spend their spring break serving alongside us. These colleges include: ? Olivet Nazarene University ? Taylor University ? Butler University ? Mount Vernon Nazarene University ? Clemson University We are blessed...

A recent study in Minneapolis, Minnesota showed that children growing up in poverty were greatly affected by extra nurturing. Providing physical safety, emotional encouragement, and academic assistance can help prepare children for a more resilient life. We know that it takes 8 significant, positive relationships...

I had a great meeting with former Mayor, Steve Goldsmith, and current Deputy Mayor, David Hampton. One led a republican administration and one serves a democrat administration, yet our meeting was how we could all work together to better serve our neighborhood. Definitely no politics...

I've heard that question many times, and the answer is simple: You have to have a pair of boots to have bootstraps! We tell our families to get a job or to get job training, but for what? There are no jobs in the neighborhood. Many...

Our main goal is not to run the best and most efficient program; rather help transform lives and break the cycle of poverty. And yet, I believe we execute our programs with excellence. But I must admit, touching the lives of our neighbors can be...

Thanks to Governor Pence, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, and more than 140 state employees who donated their paid time off to spend the day with our kids at Shepherd on Friday, January 15, 2016. For the 5th Annual MLK Day of Service, the Governor and...