May 14, 2020

Our Meals Must Go On!

In response to the challenging times we are living in, Shepherd's Table is committed to remain open, while taking extra precautions to minimize virus transmission. As we have done for 36+ years, we have remained open every single day, to provide basic services like meals, mail, prescription medicine, toiletires and more. While our clothes closet and eye clinic have closed temporarily, we continue to serve hot meals in "to-go" boxes twice a day and provide services in our Resource Center. Our meal services are greatly appreciated, as meal guests express their gratitude every day. 

Having transitioned to the to go meals handed out just outside our building on March 16th, we have continued to adapt the process to make it safer for staff, clients, volunteers and donors that have provided in-kind suport to supplement our meals. We rented tents to provide shelter when it rains, solicited in-kind donations of sandwiches and desserts (home made cookies, brownies, and other treats) that supplement the balanced and nutritious meals we serve. Our staff has doubled down on their dedication to serve, and luckily, we are all safe and healthy. 

We still get the support of a few volunteers per meal service, to serve an average of 350 meals per day, and are so grateful for the community support that enables us to continue serving. Our County has seen a continual rise in cases, and with our proximity to DC, Coronavirus transmission is still a concern for everyone. Our goal is support our most vulnerable populations, many of whom don't have homes, families to care for them, or jobs to provide income. We will continue to remain open as the number of people in need increase. We are a grassroots community-based organization, and will do what we can to support everyone that seeks our assistance.

We have risen to meet the need of communities around us that cannot come pick up meals, such as seniors who can't leave their house, and a neighborhood in DC that was in dire need of meals. We packaged meals every day, that are delivered to them, and are grateful to be of service to everyone that is hungry or food insecure.

Everyday, since we pivoted our programs in response to COVID-19, we are reminded of our commitment as an organization: Together Meteing Needs, Changing Lives.

We cannot do this alone- THANK YOU for your support, whether you give monthly, occassionally, or one-time. It is all appreciated! 

Stay safe, and take care of yourselves, especially as the Country starts to re-open.

Jan 15, 2020

In the Spirit of the holidays

Our ED, Manny Hidalgo with Benjamin
Our ED, Manny Hidalgo with Benjamin

2019 was a very busy year...with some leadership changes, new challenges in the County that led to more people accessing services at Shepherd's Table, and a strong desire to have impact on the lives we are honored to serve every day.

During the holidays, we see the best of our community, and do our part to send the positivity back out to those we serve.

On Christmas Day, when other programs were closed, we served our usual brunch and dinner meals. A few days prior, we decided to open up the dining room in between the meals on Christmas Day, for the meal guests that had no place to go.

We opened up the dining room from 12-4pm, for a relaxed afternoon, with a holiday movie on TV, and hot chocolate, coffee and cookies available for snacking. We set up the dining room for about 60, but as the afternoon went on, the dining room filled up beyond that.

Guests chatted with friends, watched the movie, and relaxed a bit, in no rush to leave. Some stayed for an hour or two, and others stayed the entire time. The small act of opening up the dining room (that we had also done on Thanksgiving Day) had a big impact in making the day a little less stressful, and more enjoyable, for all.

The afternoon was a reminder of what the holidays are about...each of our ability to be kind, generous and supportive of others, whether they are family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, or strangers.

We THANK YOU for being a part of Shepherd's Table's family...with your partnership, we can be kind, generous and supportive every day!

We look forward to continuing to serve in 2020, and can't wait to share the ways we will be making a greater impact this year!

Oct 21, 2019

Alleviating Hunger in Montgomery County

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your generous contribution to our cause of alleviating hunger for our homeless community in Montgomery County. Your gift allowed us to serve 89,161 meals as of the end of September, to over 2,000 people. In addition, we have served 1,657 people in need of clothing, eye care, legal advice, mail services and other vital social services. 

In my 25 years of working in the nonprofit sector, I have never witnessed such a dedicated number of individual donors and volunteers. Last year, 1,341 individuals gave to Shepherd’s Table for a total of $445,347, which was 32% of our annual revenue. Over 3,000 volunteers contributed over 28,000 hours to help Shepherd’s Table fulfill its mission. Without this level of dedication and commitment from the community we simply could not operate.   

 

With gratitude, 

 

 
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