Shepherd’s HOPE provides an average of over a million pounds of food annually.
On March 3, 2009 a ministry was birthed that the Lord appropriately named Shepherd’s HOPE. Beginning with feeding a homeless man a homemade lunch followed by a series of events, the Lord prompted the founder Brian Anderson to open a food pantry in the dangerous and devastated Englewood community of Chicago. With 3 drug houses on the block and constant violence on the street, the Lord used this little 1000 square foot food pantry to rock the lives of many individuals and turn their block and community upside down. Great change has occurred in our community since Shepherd’s Hope opened its doors. Violence has significantly decreased and the drug activity that was so prevalent is greatly diminished. A real sense of community is developing as we serve and show respect to all who enter the doors of Shepherd’s HOPE.
From the very beginning, we gave ownership of the food pantry to the community. Nearly all of our volunteers are also clients who live near the pantry. In addition to providing food, we are working to mentor, train and raise HOPE for the residents of this community. Much of that goal is realized through the daily tasks at the pantry.
Since the days of feeding that single homeless man a homemade lunch, Shepherd’s HOPE has grown to distribute an average of 750,000 pounds of food annually, touching over 6,000 people a month. Through the relationships developed with their neighbors, Shepherd’s HOPE in collaboration with eight other God-fearing ministries now provides Saturday morning Bible studies for men and women, Sunday evening church services, and has recently opened a family feeding center that is serving hot meals on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 PM—2:00 PM. Shepherd’s HOPE is all about building relationships and trust with our neighbors because we know that sharing the gospel is a lot more believable when the people can see the hands and feet of JESUS in action.