Shepherd’s HOPE actually began in 2008 when Brian Anderson encountered a homeless man repeatedly on his way to work. He began to bring him lunches and built a relationship with him. One day the homeless man was no longer there. In his search to find him, Brian realized how many others needed help. He owned a construction company and lived in the northwest suburbs but he began to feel the promptings from God to bring hope and light into Englewood, one of the roughest and darkest areas of Chicago. When he, his wife and two other friends opened the doors to Shepherd’s Hope in March of 2009, there were 3 drug houses on the street and violence was almost a daily occurrence. Now years later, there are no more drug houses and the violence is nonexistent. Many of those who caused trouble are now volunteering at the food pantry! But providing food was just the beginning of life change.