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!

Feb 18, 2016

Reflecting on 2015, and a busy start to 2016!

The meal services continued during the blizzard!
The meal services continued during the blizzard!

The heart of any organization is a human heart--the hearts of the people who are served, the hearts of volunteers, the hearts of staff, and absolutely the hearts of the people who give - the donors. We thank you for choosing our project to feed people experiencing homelessness in Silver Spring, MD.

We thank YOU for being the heart of Shepherd’s Table!

Thank you for your gift, which allows us to serve the most vulnerable in the community, people experiencing poverty and homelessness. In 2015, we ensured that those who were hungry were provided a nutritious, delicious meal: 45,805 dinner meals and 8,845 brunch meals. This year, we served 5,012 meals in the month of January alone.

Our meal guests also access many other basic services provided at Shepherd's Table. In 2015, we served 1,769 unduplicated persons in our resource center, of whom 767 persons were new to services at Shepherd’s Table. We filled 454 prescriptions, and 248 people received eye exams last year. There were 7,612 instances of shopping by folks who visited us, and 4,003 tokens were given to folks to get transportation to social services, shelter and other vital appointments.

We thank you for being a partner in our mission and for making a vital difference in people’s lives!

Our folks are so grateful to be at Shepherd’s Table. You can well imagine their gratitude during the historic blizzard earlier this year. While they knew that they could depend on us to be here, they did not take us, or our services for granted. I talked with many of our dinner and brunch guests throughout the blizzard. They all expressed immense gratitude for staff and for the volunteers, many of whom walked for over a mile to get to us! We help our clients and meal guests to not only survive but to move forward with their lives, even in the midst of winter!  

I hope that you enjoy these last weeks of winter.  Please keep the folks the we serve close to your heart. No matter the season, we are here for them every day and every night of the year, and YOUR generosity makes this possible.

With much gratitude for you,

Jacki Coyle

Executive Director

Shepherd's Table 

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