We are called to be the change we want to see in the world by honoring human dignity and seeking to improve the rights and conditions of people locally, nationally, and globally.
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El Ocotillo, el salvador
We have been in a mutual relationship with the village of El Ocotillo since 2001.
We would describe it as walking with the community. Our support has been providing scholarships for their children and young adults. 11 Scholarship recipients have graduated college and are now employed in professional jobs. Other projects have included helping to fund purchase of land with a water source, buying chicks and coop materials, and providing materials to repair desks at the elementary school. We send delegations to the community about every two years and communicate with our Salvadoran friends regularly.
Esperanza Academy is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. Good Shepherd has been in a relationship with Esperanza for 12 years. We have volunteered as education consultants, student sponsors, library helpers, tutors, science fair judges and student interview mentors for high school entrance. We enjoy an annual Caribbean dinner at Good Shepherd provided by Esperanza’s chef Dana and served by students, and donate the free will offering from the evening to Esperanza’s scholarship fund.
Prison Ministry is invisible to most of the world, but it is huge to the men and women who are incarcerated. Good Shepherd has provided volunteers to teach courses to inmates locally through Concord Prison Outreach (CPO). This effort has an impact not only on prison life, but also our communities when these men are released. Every Christmas, Good Shepherd assembles holiday gift bags filled with much needed toiletries and other useful items for the inmates. Each bag comes with the certainty that there is someone on the "outside" who cares, that they are not forgotten, allowing hope for their futures.
lowell transitional living center
Lowell Transitional Living Center (LTLC) strives to meet the basic needs of the homeless in the Lowell area. Good Shepherd’s relationship goes back over 20 years, beginning with parishioners volunteering at the shelter and a drive to collect men's white socks for their clients. This evolved into the “Undies Sundays” program, a one-month drive in the fall to collect socks, underwear, warm hats, gloves, etc. Over the years Good Shepherd has raised money to purchase 60 cots for the emergency winter program, donated 100 pillows, 100 blankets, and monies for special programs.
CROP Hunger Walks are “Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty”. Neighbors walk together to take a stand against hunger by raising money for Church World Service (CWS) and our local food pantries and suppers. Church of the Good Shepherd parishioners have walked and contributed to the CROP Walk for over 24 years.