Serving Others Outreach
East Side Elementary School
Good Shepherd has partnered with East Side Elementary School and the Chattanooga Food Bank to bring healthy food to the children at East Side and their families, many of whom become food insecure when their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds run out, typically around the 21st of every month. Everyone is welcome to volunteer to help distribute food bags at East Side as part of the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry on the third Wednesday of the month. For more information and to volunteer, contact Bena DeVaney. Lay Leader: Bena DeVaney
Fairyland Elementary School
Good Shepherd has partnered with Fairyland Elementary School in Lookout Mountain, GA to provide weekend “snack packs” for Fairyland students who experience food insecurity at home. Nonperishable food is collected throughout the school year and assembled into snack packs that are then delivered to the school by volunteers. For more information and to volunteer, contact Deacon Janice Robbins.
“When was it, Lord, that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you?”
Since 2001 Good Shepherd has been privileged to be a part of Family Promise’s network of more than 20 churches that provide meals about once per quarter for families who are temporarily without housing.
Everyone – families and singles, young and old, can have a place in this ministry of hospitality as “entertaining angels, unaware.” All you need to bring is a caring heart and a warm smile. To volunteer for Family Promise, please contact Kathleen Crevasse.
Click here to learn more about Family Promise.
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church & School, Petit Harpon, Haiti (Outreach Haiti)
The focus of Good Shepherd’s international outreach has long included the people of Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, located on America’s doorstep. In the 1990s, The Diocese of Haiti was a companion diocese to ours, and there was great interest in developing programs to support the Haitian people. In 1995, two programs connected to Good Shepherd began in Haiti—a school construction project and a children’s nutrition program. Parishioners from Good Shepherd, as well as St. Stephen’s in Oak Ridge and other churches in the area, take several trips each year to Haiti to help with projects at the medical clinics. The school now encompasses all grades and has an on-site medical clinic as well. To learn more about Outreach Haiti, contact the Rev. Robert Childers or the church office.
Each Christmas season, The Church of the Good Shepherd partners with Good Shepherd School to provide Christmas gifts to more than 100 children (and usually a number of elderly adults) through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree giving program.
One of the goals of the Outreach Grants Committee (formerly Outward Missions and Ministries Committee) is for grant money to “follow the feet of our parishioners.” This means that funding follows where our parishioners invest their time, talent, and treasure. The result is a three-pronged outreach—international, local, and Episcopal Church support. Christ’s commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” is practiced daily in countless ways in the Good Shepherd community.
The Grants Committee meets quarterly each year to review applications for funds from area organizations. Click here to download the application form. Completed application forms may be submitted to our communications and engagement director, Sandra Alagona (email@example.com) and/or to the current chair of the grants committee, Pat Driver (firstname.lastname@example.org).