Jan 24, 2019

A Year of Blessings

Victor being served by Sister Anne
Victor being served by Sister Anne

At Shepherd’s Table we experienced so many blessings in 2018. You are one of our amazing blessings. Your gift speaks volumes about your huge heart and your generous spirit. We thank you!

While the number of folks experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County has decreased, the number of people seeking assistance through our meal program and other vital services has remained steady. Through your continued generosity, Shepherd’s Table has remained faithful to its mission begun in 1983. This December 16th, we marked the beginning of our 36th year of service.

As I look back over the year, I am reminded of many poignant experiences that touched my heart and the hearts of all of our staff.

  • Seeing the joy of a family with two small children who received housing that they “really like and are so happy about”. The family continues to access meals at the Table. We are delighted to watch the “growth” of parents and children.
  • Attending memorial services for several our clients and meal guests, and hearing the profound effect each one of them had on all of us.
  • Thrilled to see our Chefs embrace a new, heart-healthy, diabetic friendly, and culturally sensitive menu, and even happier to see our meal guests enjoying the meals.
  • Smiling thinking about our volunteers as they embraced the new Volunteer Hub, giving volunteers the opportunity to sign in online which allow us to have a more accurate count of volunteers and to ensure shifts are filled.
  • Saying good bye to John Eckenrode, our Resource Center Director as he retired, and promoting Evert Vargas to this position.
  • Welcoming new staff members: Carmen Garcia, Gary Bullock, Roberto Maraville, Rob Savoy, Iliana Umanzor, and Arvid Miller.

In 2019, we will: continue to serve with respect and compassion, commit to never miss a meal to support our clients and meal guests as they move toward housing and self-sufficiency!

We will put a big dent in the number of people who are food insecure by offering healthy meals. We will continue to change lives through the combined efforts of donors, volunteers and staff. We will do all this together!

Thank YOU for your continued support and partnership in our 36th year of service!

Much joy in the New Year,

Oct 26, 2018

Kindness

Thank you for your kindness and support of our mission!

Your kindness is shown through acts of generosity to all of us at Shepherd’s Table and to many other folks. Your kindness means that no one that comes to us hungry will walk away hungry. They will be fed healthy meals by warm and hospitable volunteers and staff. Your kindness brings renewed vision to folks struggling with poor eye sight. It ensures that folks confused with where to get the help they need will be provided with information and resources, as well as the encouragement to move forward. They will receive their mail, access blankets, clothing and other day-to-day essentials. They will be helped in times of crisis.

On December 16, we will begin our 36th year of service. You and thousands of others have extended enormous kindnesses over the years. Your faithfulness in giving ensures that we are here today, tomorrow, and the day after that. Together, we have proven our faithfulness to those in need in our community!

As the days and night grow colder we ask that you continue to be our partner in meeting the needs of those who are hungry, homeless, lost in a sea of poverty. I assure you that your gift does make a life-giving difference every day. I see it with my own eyes and feel it in my heart.

Thank you for the acts of kindness you show to us, and to others in your life.

With much gratitude,

Jul 20, 2018

Showing Kindness Every Day

I shall not pass this way again...
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing,
therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human
being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not
pass this way again.” Stephen Grellet, 1773-1855 French-born Quaker Minister

 

Dear Friend,

We are so very grateful for your generosity...it means so much!

During the month of June, we served 8,519 meals, that’s an average of 110 people served each meal. Our Resource Center served 1,201 people. We assisted 58 people with transportation, 585 people with mail service, and 29 folks with eye exams and new prescription glasses. We are most grateful to you for making all these services possible! Without fail, our meal guests and clients express simple gratitude for the services you make possible. Your kindness means so much to each of them!

One of our lunch meal guests shared with me that his friend, a former client of Shepherd’s Table, had just recently passed away. He was saddened by the news and wanted me to know. His sadness was tempered a bit by the knowledge that his friend had experienced the joy of not only support from Shepherd’s Table, but the joy of having a home. Yes, just months before he died, he moved into permanent housing. He was so very grateful for his home and the kindness he received daily from not only Shepherd’s Table but other providers in the County who support men and women as they move from homelessness to housing. We all know what a precious gift it is to have a home we can call our own!

So many people make a difference and a lasting impact in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. You are one of them. Through your generosity, you added joy to this gentleman’s life and to the lives of several thousand people each year!

I pray that we might all remember just how important it is to show kindness now!

 

With much gratitude,

 
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