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We are a church that lives into Jesus’ teaching to love our neighbors as ourselves. In our outreach efforts, we support neighboring organizations financially and as partners who work side by side for mutual transformation.
To connect with a specific Outreach Ministry please email email@example.com.
Asylee Women Enterprises / Refugee Ministry
In the spring of 2016 a group from our church began discerning how we are called to support refugees in our community. Since then we have partnered with AWE supporting their work and directly supporting a family from Honduras. AWE has a daily program that includes English classes, communal meals and access to clothing, food and diaper banks. For our family we have provided housing, child care, English tutoring and enrolling children in school. All are invited to join this ministry group in discerning new ways we can "welcome the stranger in our midst" and we continuously help to stock the pantry and clothing closet at AWE. Click here to read more from the Committee Chairs inour Community Voices blog!
St. Luke's, Carey Street
St. Luke's Youth Center (SLYC)
Church of the Good Shepherd partners with other Episcopal churches to support SLYC, an afterschool safe program that meets at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in west Baltimore. We provide homework help, read to the kids, play games, help with activities, healthy snacks, and let the kids know they matter and that we care about them. The students are a real joy to work with; most have been in the program for several years and have participated in Camp Imagination and the Christmas Café.
There are flexible volunteer opportunities during the school year to mentor and share in activities with SLYC students Monday through Thursday 3pm - 5pm. If you are interested in helping out with these amazing kids, or would like to come for a visit, please contact Margie Long or Amanda Talbot (Off-street parking is available in the church’s lot.)
The Christmas Café takes place in December at Good Shepherd. Parishioners and SLYC families contribute gifts for children and adults in advance. On the day, SLYC families join for lunch; children and adults then “shop” for Christmas gifts for their parents and children. Volunteer sign up information will be available closer to the date.
For two weeks in the summer, Good Shepherd hosts Camp Imagination for SLYC students and youth from our community. Kids enjoy a wide variety of activities and fellowship. Volunteer sign up information will be available closer to the date.
The purpose of the Micro-Loan Program is to change peoples’ lives for the better, one loan at a time. Through relationships with trusted individuals in the community, we support and fund individuals and small businesses in order to provide jobs which benefit the Baltimore community. Loans are evaluated and issued on the basis of our personal relationships with applicants and the Champions who sponsor them and on our confidence that they will benefit the community and create jobs. Loans have ranged from $750 to $4,500. Payment terms are worked out with each individual borrower. To date, the Good Shepherd Micro-Loan Program has invested over $50,000 in the community in the form of 15 loans. Eight of those loans have been repaid in full. One loan has resulted in a $400 write-off. The others are performing.
Loaves and Fishes
For over 30 years, our parish has been a partner in the Loaves and Fishes Ministry. Loaves and Fishes prepares and distributes food to the homeless during the winter months. We operate November through March. We get together in the Parish kitchen on Saturday afternoon and prepare hot soup, sandwiches, coffee, and hot chocolate to feed 250 people. We then take a van to Baltimore City for a few hours to distribute the food and beverages. We make scheduled visits to shelters, along with stops along the way in areas where the homeless frequent. We also have found a great need for blankets, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, socks and new underwear and have added a clothing drive to our mission. If you would like to get involved, we would love to have you! This is a truly rewarding experience and one that is greatly needed. Any help you can provide is appreciated. We especially need people to drive and/or ride in the van. Please contact Jill Hanson or click here if you can help! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 410-292-2754.
Paul’s Place provides food, clothing, shelter, social work, health care, educational support and workforce development for homeless people in Pigtown in Baltimore City. Our volunteers serve hot lunches one or two Tuesdays a month at the Paul’s Place. Once there, they can see how lives are being transformed and how the community is becoming stronger. Volunteers are needed to serve lunch. The time requirement is from 10:00 am to 12:30 PM and we carpool from Good Shepherd. If you are interested in joining this volunteer team, please email Tina Thomas.
Habitat for Humanity
We have been involved with Habitat since 1994 having completed 17 homes in Sandtown and Govans (both in Baltimore City). Our partnership calls for funding assistance and volunteers on Fridays and Saturdays. Volunteers are welcome from 16 years old to 76 and older. While construction talent is a plus, there are plenty of jobs for laborers. Men. Women. Parent and child. Parishioner or friend of a parishioner, our work offers a perfect platform to physically make a difference on behalf of those neighbors who need our support. Our work day is typically from 8:50 AM to 2:30 PM with a lunch break (and lunch is usually provided). We are always looking for new folks to join us so if you are interested contact Clai Carr at email@example.com.
Assistance Center of Towson Churches located in downtown Towson provides food, short-term housing support, clothing, medicine and transportation. Volunteers can work at the center and our church participates in food drives and clothing donations throughout the year.