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,

Apr 27, 2018

In a place of gratitude

John's farewell party, with clients
John's farewell party, with clients

We are so very grateful for your gift! The joy it brings to us is multiplied by the joy experienced by the clients and meal guests, thanks to your generosity!

When you decided to give to Shepherd’s Table, you decided that making a difference in people’s lives was very important. Every meal eliminates hunger and promotes good health. Every Resource Center contact empowers someone to stay in touch, to take the next steps to housing, health and wholeness. Every Eye Clinic visit enables a patient to see anew. Every prescription brings new healing opportunities.

Every service means hope, help and encouragement on the road to independence.

This month, we said farewell to our retiring Resource Center Director, who has been with us for 27 years. We were sad to see him go, but we said goodbye from a place of gratitude for his service to so many thousands of people throughout his career with us. John was well known for going above and beyond his call of duty to help someone in need, no matter the time of day or issue at hand. Many of our current clients, whose lives he has touched, shared touching memories, well wishes and words of thanks for his well-deserved rest in retirement. 

Hope 2018 is treating you well, and we thank you for making our services for our most vulnerable neighbors a priority!

With much gratitude,

 
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