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Holiday Opportunities

The holidays are here again. It is the busiest time of the year at the Food Pantry supplying the groceries for 800 Thanksgiving meals; running a coat drive to provide 300 new or gently used coats, hats and gloves for children and adults in need; Christmas stockings and gifts for 300 kids in the community.

Since the opening of The Family Feeding Center in April 2014 our focus has been on this new addition to the Shepherd’s HOPE family. I want to thank you all for your support. The Family Feeding Center is currently funded through November 2014. We are still in need of $20,000 to be able to keep providing 600 people the hot meals we serve each week through June 2015.

2014 Holiday Season at Shepherd’s HOPE

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We expect to provide groceries for 800 Thanksgiving meals for our neighbors in Englewood, as they reach out to us for a helping hand during this holiday season. We were able to keep the cost for all these groceries for a Thanksgiving meal to only $6.25/family. Please help us make this Thanksgiving one that 800 families in Englewood will remember and give praise to God for all He has done in 2014.

Coat Drive (November 15 – December 31)
Staying warm this winter is a must.coats With your help our goal to provide 300 winter coats, hats and gloves (new or gently used) for children and adults can become a reality. Please share this opportunity to bless our neighbors in Englewood with family, friends, neighbors and others at your workplace or in organizations you belong to. What a great way to share the Shepherd’s HOPE journey in Englewood and at the same time keep 300 people warm this winter. Join our Coat Drive Team and let us know you would like to participate.
Click here to print a sign-up form or email us.

Christmas (Santa visits on December 20)
Christmas in Englewood is not like Christmas where we in the suburbs live.CM kids Most of the children in this community are lucky to have a Christmas tree. Gifts are few and far between. Our goal for this Christmas is to make 300 children smile with a stocking full of goodies and a gift. This is often the only gift this child will receive. The cost for the stocking and small gift is about $10.00. Please help us make this a Christmas 300 children will remember.

For almost 6 years we have developed relationship and trust with our neighbors and because of that trust they look to us when times get tough because we are like family. These relationships could not have taken place without your support. The need has never been greater. At this time of year more than ever people need to know that someone cares.

Please help Shepherd’s HOPE be there again this year for our poverty-stricken neighbors.

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Important Notice

WITHOUT YOUR HELP The Family Feeding Center WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO REMAIN OPEN ONE DAY A WEEK DUE TO LACK OF RESOURCES!

What a devastating blow this would be to the people of this community that rely on The Family Feeding Center for a hot healthy meal!

This would also be a blow to our dedicated staff and volunteers that serve selflessly. We have built relationship and trust with these people and we look forward just as they do to spending time together. If this happens it would leave a big void in our lives and the people we serve. The phenomenal result of serving and relating to the people is not whether the person we are serving walks away ever wanting to get to know Christ in a new way (that’s the Holy Spirit’s job), but it’s the change that takes place in us through the Holy Spirit because we were willing to share the Lord’s saving grace. That’s what is so great about serving the Lord. Everybody wins! AMEN!

Shepherd’s HOPE is doing everything it can to cut costs to keep The Family Feeding Center open, but we need your help. Our prayer is that the LORD would speak loud and clear into the hearts of our Shepherd’s HOPE supporters that He wants to use. Currently many people go four days without a hot, nutritious meal when we are open on just two days. Can you imagine only having one hot meal a week, especially as the winter months are just ahead?

LORD it is in your hands. You know the need better than we do and we are here to serve you!

$20,000 is still needed to fund The Family Feeding Center for 2 days a week through June, 2015.

Please pray on this and consider sharing your resources to keep The Family Feeding Center alive.

We love you all and I pray for you every day because without the body of CHRIST united bringing HOPE to this community, EVIL will prevail.

Thank you in advance for your support. GOD BLESS YOU!

Brian Anderson, Executive Director

The Family Feeding Center feeds a hot, nutritious meal to 300 people each Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

$350.00 will feed 300 people for 1 day a week.

$700.00 will feed 300 people for 2 days a week.

$3,000.00 will feed 300 people for 2 days a week for one month.

$15,000.00 will feed 300 people for 2 days a week for 5 months.

The need is great, but with the support of each of you, we believe God will continue to bless this ministry. Without your help The Family Feeding Center will have to stop serving on Wednesdays.

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Shepherd's Hope

Get Ready for Stories

Shepherd's HopeOver the next few months we are going to be sharing with you the stories inside the story of Shepherd’s HOPE, the real reason the Lord sent us to this Englewood community in Chicago. We all know the story of the million pounds of food distributed annually touching 7000 lives on a monthly basis through our food pantry and of our new addition “The Family Feeding Center” that is feeding 400 people a week a nutritious hot meal. The LORD brought us these venues to this Englewood community with the plan that the people who we serve there would take ownership of these venues. Neighbors serving neighbors; that’s how it was designed. We were sent there as mentors, to show them how to be the hands and feet of JESUS so they would know what it looks and feels like to serve others. And what a job these volunteers have done! By putting their self agendas aside so they can serve neighbors, they have made this little “Food Pantry” and “The Family Feeding Center” the most talked about feeding facilities in Englewood (if not Chicago). The people rave about the food but most of all they rave about how they are treated. Serving others is the reason we were created and it brings out the best of who we are and who we were created to be in Christ. Jesus said when you serve the least of these, you are serving Me.

We have been serving the Lord in this community for over five years; we have hundreds of volunteers that are part of the Lord’s story in this Englewood community. In the next 12-24 months we will share some of the stories of the people who gave up their selfish life styles of gang banging, alcohol and drug abuse or serving themselves in some other manner outside of God’s will, to become people who found that serving others offered a lot more than living the selfish self-absorbed, self-indulged, self-pitying life styles that were a way of life for them.

A.W. Tozer in his book “The Knowledge of the Holy” reminds us that God is the creator. The creator is in charge but man wants to be independent from God and do what he wants to do. This independence God calls sin.

These volunteers were living in sin and decided to become selfless and help serve their neighbors… and it changed their lives. We can never really get to know who JESUS is until we are willing to step away from our self driven lives and be willing to serve and really get to know people less fortunate than ourselves. This month I am sharing the story of Darryl Coleman, one of our first volunteers and of how volunteering at Shepherd’s HOPE has changed his life.

The Way launches new Women’s Bible Study

WBS pink 117On July 19th a new Bible Study began on Saturday mornings for the ladies of our community. Women of all faiths can meet together to share their stories and learn about the wisdom and guidance the Bible offers for daily life. This first meeting is a long-awaited answer to prayer; we had been asking God for a leader of this group. All women are invited to attend on any Saturday morning from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church, 910 W 65th Street.

 

Hunger Walk 2014

Partial Group Combo cropIt turned out to be a great day for the Hunger Walk. Our team joined 16,000 other people at Soldier Field to walk along the lake and raise awareness of the need to stop hunger in our community. Besides lots of people, this high-energy event featured food tents, live entertainment, kids activities, and a couple of bands and drum lines that walked the 5K.  Thank you to everyone who walked or donated. We still need your help to make sure we have the funds to provide for the food pantry and the family feeding center. Donations will be accepted at GCFD until July 31. Donate to our team onlinePicMonkey Collage

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5 Years of Serving Englewood; Only GOD!

Perseverance through Faith…

That is the Shepherd’s HOPE journey.  Perseverance according to Oswald Chambers means more than endurance – more than simply holding on until the end. It means being a bondservant to our Lord and Savior, placing our lives in HIS hands, going wherever HE sends us, obediently serving HIM.

Because of the perseverance and faith of our generous donors, our dedicated board of directors, our hardworking staff, the best volunteer team in Chicago, and most of all the people we serve, our LORD made 2013 a great year at Shepherd’s HOPE.

In 2013

  1. From the Food Pantry we distributed over 750,000 lbs of food to our neighbors.  This amount of food has a retail value of over $900,000.
  2. We started the construction of our aquaponic farming project. Our first farm should be fully operational in late spring.
  3. Our Saturday morning Bible Study is still going strong after 3 years.  It is the highlight of my ministry week, being able to watch the guys I’ve grown to LOVE grow every week in Christ.
  4. About 2 years ago we started a Sunday evening church services and by God’s grace they are still going strong.
  5. Because of your faithful giving, our obedience and GOD’s grace, 98 cents of every dollar donated goes toward serving the needs in this Englewood community.

When you are obedient to the LORD, it is amazing what HE can accomplish!

Ministry partners open Family Feeding Center

kitchen-group2014 has gotten off to a great start.  Six months ago we began planning for a new addition to our ministry.  It is an undertaking that Shepherd’s HOPE could not operate on its own.  It would take the collaboration of 10 ministries (THE WAY) to make this a reality.

On April 23, 2014 we opened “The Family Feeding Center” at 6455 S Peoria, a building across the street from where we hold our Sunday evening church services.  This is a place where people can come twice a week (Wednesday and Friday) from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm  to get a nutritious HOT MEAL.  On April 23rd we served 135 people; the menu included barbecued pork loin, chicken and cod with au gratin potatoes, vegetable fried rice, green bean casserole, fruit cup, pumpkin muffins, soda and water to drink.  A great beginning for this new venue.

This project is more labor intensive and requires more resources to operate than the pantry per number of people served.  We are getting most of the food donated; it is the paper goods, plasticware, aluminum serving pans, spices, barbecue sauce, charcoal etc that eat up the resources.  It takes 16-20 volunteers to serve the people efficiently.  The cooks start at 8:00 am, we serve from noon until 2 pm and then the clean-up team finishes about 4 pm.  This is a large undertaking but with huge benefit because it facilitates our developing relationships easier than the pantry because people are seated at tables and there is great opportunity for conversation.  The combination of the two (pantry and feeding center) makes Jesus really come alive to the people we serve!

It has been a glorious start and we expect to be serving 500 people a week by the end of May.  Of course this opportunity to build relationships and share Jesus with people in need comes with cost.  Even though we are getting most of the food donated, the cost per meal will still be about $1.40 per meal.  We plan on serving about 26,000 meals this year.  Our monthly cost to be able to feed and develop relationship with the people will be about $3,000.00.  The collaborative ministry partners live and serve in the city and will provide what they can, but most of them are struggling to stay alive.  Most of the burden will be on the Shepherd’s HOPE team.  This is the reason the LORD sent us to Englewood: to be a catalyst for HIS work and to provide GOD’s resources to this under-resourced community.

We are asking for your support again in 2014 that GOD’s kingdom can grow exponentially.  We are looking for monthly commitments so that we know what we can count on month to month.

Our total monthly cost to provide groceries from our food pantry for 6,000 people a month is $4,000 and to provide a hot meal from the family feeding center twice a week for 500 people/week will cost $3,000 a month.  For $7,000 we will be able to touch the lives of 8,000 people a month in this Englewood community.  What an opportunity to share GOD’s grace!

  • 100 commitments of $70/month will allow us to do the LORD’s will.
  •   50 commitments of $140/month will allow us to the LORD’s will.
  •   25 commitments of $700/month will allow us to do the LORD’s will.
  •     1 donation of $7,000 will allow us to do the LORD’s will for one month.

Please remember when donating to Shepherd’s HOPE that 98% of every dollar goes directly to serve our neighbors in need.  GOD is sovereign over all.  He created everything, including the under-resourced.  HE promises to take care of all our needs and never forsakes us.  HE blessed most of us with resources and when we share them with the LORD, HE can fulfill HIS promise and take care of the needs of the poor.  This is the true test of who we are in Christ.

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Family Feeding Center

Ministry Partners Open Family Feeding Center

Six months ago we began planning for a new addition to our ministry.  It is an undertaking that Shepherd’s HOPE could not operate on its own.  It would take the collaboration of 10 ministries (THE WAY) to make this a reality.

kitchen-group

On April 23, 2014 we opened “The Family Feeding Center” at 6455 S Peoria, a building across the street from where we hold our Sunday evening church services.  This is a place where people can come twice a week (Wednesday and Friday) from noon until 2:00 pm  to get a well-prepared, nutritious HOT MEAL.  On April 23rd we served 135 people; the menu included barbecued pork loin, chicken and cod with au gratin potatoes, vegetable fried rice, green bean casserole, fruit cup, pumpkin muffins, soda and water to drink.  What a great meal!

This project is more labor intensive and requires more resources to operate than the pantry, especially in the beginning.  We are getting most of the food donated; it is the paper goods, plasticware, aluminum serving pans, spices, barbecue sauce etc that eat up the resources.  It takes 18-20 volunteers to pull this off.  The cooks start at 8:00 am, we serve from noon until 2 pm and then the clean-up team finishes about 4 pm.  This is a large undertaking with the huge benefit that it facilitates developing relationships easier than the pantry because people are seated at tables and there is great opportunity for conversation.  The combination of the two (pantry and feeding center) makes Jesus come alive to the people we serve!

It has been a glorious start and we expect to be serving 500 people a week by the end of May.  Of course this opportunity to build relationships and share Jesus with people in need comes with cost.  Even though we are getting most of the food donated, the cost per meal will still be about $1.50 per meal.  We plan on serving about 26,000 meals this year.  Our monthly cost to be able to feed and develop relationship with the people will be about $250.00.  The collaborative ministry partners live and serve in the city and will provide what they can, but most of them are struggling to stay alive.  Most of the burden is on the Shepherd’s HOPE team.  That is the reason we were sent to Englewood.

We are asking you to support us again so that GOD’S kingdom can grow exponentially.  We are looking for monthly commitments so that we know what we can count on month to month.

  • $30.50/mo will feed 20 people 2 hot meals a week for a month
  • $120/mo will feed 80 people 2 hot meals a week for a month
  • $240 will feed 160 people 2 hot meals a week for a month
  • $600 will feed 400 people 2 hot meals a week for a month
  • $1200 will feed 800 people 2 hot meals a week for a month
  • $3000 will feed 2000 people 2 hot meals a week for a month

We need monthly commitments that total $3,850.00 per month.

Please remember when donating to Shepherd’s HOPE that 95% of every dollar goes directly to serve its neighbors in need.  GOD is sovereign over all.  He created everything, including the under-resourced.  HE promises to take care of all our needs and never forsakes us.  HE blesses us so we can fulfill HIS promise to those in need.  This is the true test of who we are in Christ.

 

 

 

Red Cross Award

Brian Anderson receives Red Cross Heroes Award

On April 19, 2012 Brian Anderson received the Chicago Red Cross Heroes Award for Citizenship at a breakfast event held at the Fairmont  Hotel.  It was a terrific morning of celebration, inspiration and reflection for the 800 people in attendance.  A highlight of the event was the video interview shown before each award was presented.

Brian humbly accepted the award, thanking his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for taking him on this journey and allowing him to see others through His eyes.  He also thanked those who supported Shepherd’s HOPE with their prayers and donations.