“Over the past 4 years God has taken The Shepherd’s House to places we never thought we could go. Christ is ministering to people every day at The Shepherd’s House in ways we wouldn’t have thought possible.” Cash Lowe, Director of Programs, The Shepherd’s House
I can quote the statistics:
- 33,000 meals served last year
- 12,000 nights of stay
- Thousands of articles of clothes provided
- Hundreds of individuals served
- 8 graduates from the long-term discipleship program
- Operating at capacity with 28 men in the long-term program with a waiting list for much of the year
- $180k commercial kitchen remodel completed with the first meal served on March 1, 2015
- Over 200 volunteers
- 9,130 donations in 2014
BUT, all of this is only the outward visible expression of the ministry of Christ.
For individuals each and every day at The Shepherd’s House:
- Jim is confronting his struggles with obesity, low self esteem, anger and drug and alcohol abuse after serving his sentence in prison. By walking authentically with a community of residents, staff and volunteers of The Shepherd’s House, he once again has hope…hope in the body of Christ of loving and being loved.
- Phil, who would typically do what he wants when he wants and hide his pain in drugs and alcohol, humbling begins to recognize how his overpowering anger has pushed people out of his life and led to loneliness and hopelessness.
- Patrick, who use to be in the long-term program, however his anxiety, fear and severely damaged mental health leading him back onto the streets of Bend, visits The Shepherd’s House daily sometimes stealing what he can and acting out in rage on some days. But, the residents and staff of The Shepherd’s House continue to walk alongside Patrick as he continues to battle the demons in his head and the difficult conditions under which he tries to survive each and every day.
Each and every day, Christ is meeting the residents, staff and volunteers where they are…in their struggles, their fears, their addictions, life controlling issues that have led to homelessness and hopelessness.