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...

As I think about this Poverty 101 Blog it can sometimes be difficult to know what to talk about.  The reality is that there are so many things to choose from that it can be overwhelming.  Kind of like that kid who walks into a...

Pandemic response: When the world stepped off a cliff,  Shepherd Community and its partners stretched to help In early March, before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, Shepherd Community staff had begun to prepare for what seemed would be significant -- but not overwhelming -- changes...

A number of year ago I was teaching a Poverty 101 session and we were having a little Q & A at the end when I was asked what should have been a simple question. The woman wanted to know what our goal was in...