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Nov 17, 2016

Focusing on what we do best

The new Progress Place
The new Progress Place

We are all so very grateful for our incredible Shepherd's Table family! As we approach the end of the year, we are reminded of the wonderful people, businesses and organizations that are part of our family, who rally around us in a time of need, as we focus on doing what it takes to meet the needs of our guests.

We are moving to a new facility in less than a month, where we are increasing the food services program from 9 to 19 meals a week. Imagine the increased impact we will have for our meal guests! Imagine the new people that will learn about us, enjoy delicious and nutritious meals, and also access other services that will help them gain greater independence. 

A big move comes with its challenges, and we are filled with gratitude for the individuals, volunteer groups, donors and supporters that have offered to help in small and big ways! We are leaning on our family to get us through this move, and excited to welcome them in the new building to serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunches! I find joy knowing that we will be here, together, with open arms, welcoming the hungry, the lonely, the folks needing help in accessing housing and social services and medical care, or clothing and eye care.

It is truly the gift of YOU, and the opportunity to pull together our resources, passion, skills and abilities, and our deep caring together that helps to make this community and every person’s life better. 

With much gratitude for you,

A donation in honor of Socktober
A donation in honor of Socktober
Aug 16, 2016

31,000 meals and counting

Guests enjoying a meal
Guests enjoying a meal

We are all so very grateful for your generous support! Your gift gives the folks we serve the hope, the encouragement, and the vital help they need every day! Thank you!

I look back over the past seven months of 2016, at the people who have walked through our doors seeking assistance. It is sobering to realize that there is so much need in this County. Over 1,187 unduplicated persons have accessed our many services. Of this number, 405 were new to Shepherd’s Table. The need is great, as we have already served 25,931 dinner meals and 5,133 brunch meals through July 31st.

I find joy knowing that we were here with open arms, welcoming the hungry, the lonely, the folks needing help in accessing housing and social services and medical care, or clothing and eye care.

It is truly the gift of YOU, and the opportunity to pull together our resources, passion, skills and abilities, and our deep caring together that helps to make this community and every person’s life better. 

May 19, 2016

Together Meeting Needs, Changing Lives

Tony with Chef Christina
Tony with Chef Christina

The last few weeks have served as an important reminder of why Shepherd's Table continues to be a valuable resource in the Silver Spring community. One of our clients, who has been receiving services for 14 years, moved into his own apartment in Takoma Park, and he continues to visit us to report his progress.

This was a major achievement for him, and a very emotional moment to receive house keys that belong to him. He has struggled for so many years since he became homeless after a divorce, suffering from addiction, and experiencing multiple near-death experiences. Our staff and volunteers have supported him throughout, providing a source for meals, clothing, showers, assistance with medication, a place to get his mail, and also support for battling his addictions and having the drive to get his life back on track. The transition has not been easy, and never is for someone who has lived on the streets for 14 years, and always had to worry about where they were going to sleep that night. Tony is now focusing on getting a job, and building a life away from the streets, and the family he developed there.

He said to me, the day after he spent his first night in his own bed, "Don't let anybody tell you it cannot be done. If you do what you are told at Progress Place, it will happen. There are good people here, and they will help you, but you have to do the right things. Even you can get your keys."

Thanks to all of you, we are open everyday, working together to meet needs and change lives, one individual at a time. In 2016, Jan-April, we have served 15,287 dinner meals, and 3,117 brunch meals. Each meal is an opportunity to provide for someone who is hungry, looking for other services, and get encouragement from his/her peers to keep hope alive. 

Thank you for your continued support of Shepherd's Table's mission, and the lives of folks we serve every day!

 
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