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Aug 4, 2017

Human Connections

Volunteer serving dinner last week
Volunteer serving dinner last week

Dear Friend,

First, thank you for your kindness to Shepherd’s Table. Your gift means the world to us! Second, How are you? We hope that you are well and enjoying the days of summer! spring! We are so grateful for YOU!

When someone asks you, “How are you?”, what is your response?

I am always touched by folks who tell me the answer and then add, “Thank you for asking!” This response conveys to me that they have heard my question and they are honored that I am concerned and interested in their lives.  The question and statement illicit such a wonderful human interaction.

At Shepherd’s Table, we ask this question frequently, letting folks know that we are concerned about their lives, that we care about them.

Being recognized as a human person, and being cared about, are two vital needs in a person’s life. When we are known, when we are cared for, we can accomplish both big and small goals... All achievements are within our reach!

For all those experiencing homelessness, the greatest achievement is to obtain a home, and we are part of people’s journey to that achievement. We serve and partner with other providers in supporting folks on their journey, and YOU are a critical part of this journey. Because of your generosity, we work with, serve, lead, encourage, offer hope, and provide love for the folks we encounter every day! One day we believe everyone will have a home!

By the end of 2017, the County goal is to have all the individuals who are chronically homeless housed! We are proud to play our part in achieving this goal.

“How are you”? “Thank you for asking!” We ask this question today, leading to a better sense of self, so that tomorrow’s possibilities are endless!

Thank you!

May 10, 2017

All are Welcome at Shepherd's Table

The last few months have been both challenging and rewarding at Shepherd's Table, as we doubled the number of meal services we offer. We definitely couldn't have done it without your support!

We are fully transitioned into our new facility, and have been very busy preparing and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week, and brunch and dinner on the weekends. In fact, in this year alone, we have already served over 35,000 meals, and have seen a significant increase in the number of breakfast and meal guests we are serving per day.

In December 2016, we were serving an average of 60 guests for breakfast, and in 2017, we are serving an average of 86 guests per meal service. The lunch numbers have risen from 51 guests to 88, dinner grew from 134 to 142, and brunch went up from 75 to 91!

All are welcome at Shepherd's Table, and each individual has a story to share, and challenges to overcome. Often, our meal guests will express gratitude for their meal, and share how happy they are for the help they receive here. In turn, we thank YOU for helping us fulfill our mission, one meal at a time, so our guests have one less thing to worry about.

We are grateful that you have chosen to join us on this journey to reduce hunger, food insecurity and homelessness in our community!

Feb 10, 2017

We've Doubled Our Meal Service!

Meal guests in the new dining room
Meal guests in the new dining room

How truly grateful we are for your generous gifts that speak volumes to the GOOD that is in our world, and to the great caring that exists in our community!  

This December was so incredibly amazing as we moved into the new Progress Place. The night of December 15th will long be remembered as our first meal served to our dinner guests in our new home. The excitement and joy were so high that evening.  The guests experienced the new dining room for the first time, and saw just how wonderful it was. They were greeted by familiar faces, staff and volunteers committed to making each meal a blessing, a time of nourishment for body and spirit!  The new and the familiar coming together in such a powerful way!

In our new home, we commited to doubling our meal service from 9 to 19 meals a week, and we’ve loved being able to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner 5 days a week and to continue our brunch & dinner service on the weekends! It’s just been such an amazing gift to be able to serve an additional 150 meals a day. With dinner, that is over 280 meals to folks so much in need of food, love and HOPE!

Thank you for caring so much, and supporting our mission through the transition and in the future!

If you're local, please come visit us in the new Progress Place and see what your gift is doing to impact and change lives!

 

With abundant gratitude,

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