BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
Stories of Progress & Change
MAKING AN IMPACT

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"It's the connection God has given me."

“Kathryn wanted more for her daughters.”
“She wants the best for her girls.”
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Shepherd is effective because of relationships. It's easy to look at a lot of different programs and to think programs make the difference, but we know from 35 years of experience, that relationships make a difference. Relationships is where the impact happens and...

Hi friends. It's good to be with you today. And I know Jay has been sharing with you about our road to recovery, and I wanted to continue that message and be able to share a little bit more about one of the...

On The Road to Recovery, we talk about five different focuses, and one of those is medical. I'm excited to tell you that we have partnered (and I know I'm going to sound like a NASCAR driver here) with the State Department of...

Some say the unemployment rate in our neighborhood is 45%. It has been hit hard and the challenge for our neighbors who've primarily worked in the service industry is great. Our plan in the road to recovery is to help retool them, give...

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...

Hi, it's Jay Height here at Shepherd Community, and it's a beautiful Fall day. Football's happening finally and the Colts winning and, amidst all of the challenges, we have some good news and we're making great impact. We appreciate everyone's support as we...

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...