jay’s journal

The Power of Partnership

“Since 1935, Arsenal Technical High School has inducted members of the senior class into the Tech Legion. This honor is the highest award bestowed at Tech. The award is not just for the best and brightest. As it was so well put at the ceremony today, this award honors not what a student has done, but who they are.”

Since he was ten years old, Luis has been a part of the Shepherd programming. We’ve walked beside him and his family to see him grow into a man of character and a heart for others. He pursues excellence in everything he does. Luis works for O’Brien Toyota and is planning to complete the Toyota T-Ten Program at Ivy Tech Automotive, giving him a hands-on education and guaranteed job upon completion.

So, it was no surprise to us that Luis was selected for the Tech Legion, as he is the true embodiment for which it stands.

Thanks to partnerships and all of us working together, Luis is changing the future for himself and his family through Shepherd’s Continuum of Care. Luis is breaking the cycle of poverty, and it’s an honor to watch it all transpire.

Luis is a powerful example of how partnerships make a difference – both big and small – in a child’s life!

Caring for Our Senior Neighbors

I was blessed to have a special grandma who played a key role in my life. She may have been full of her quirks, but she loved me and I her. I spent lots of time with her growing up and, looking back now, I see how she spoiled my brothers and me. And as granny aged, there wasn’t anything we wouldn’t do to help her, giving her the same love and care she gave us.

Granny is now gone, but I still think of her often. Maybe it’s that love for her that drives me when I hear about grandparents who are suffering in our neighborhood. Unfortunately, hunger is a partner to many of our senior adults, and loneliness, a constant companion.

No one should live in a home with holes in the roof. No one should have to decide to eat or purchase his or her medicine. No one should have to eat cat food! Yet, it happens all the time.

Our new Senior Adult Outreach Program is working to stop this, and you can help too! Contact Jill Height at 317-375-0203 or email jillh@shepherdcommunity.org to learn how you can help break the cycle of poverty for our neighbors.

-Jay

Truly Loving Our Neighbors

Recently, we hosted our monthly senior citizen luncheon and fun day. This growing ministry is more than a lunch, games, crafts, and a short devotional. It really is a time to breath life into those who feel forgotten and cast away.

Senior adults are an often forgotten population, and in our neighborhood they comprise the second largest population. These senior neighbors face the battle of hunger on a daily basis atop of a multitude of other challenges – lack of education, lack of resources, and a lack of people who love them. Their love of a fresh-cooked meal reminds me of just one of the many things I have to be thankful for.

As Shepherd continues to embrace our neighborhood, we make new friends, like our senior friends. We will love and care for everyone, no matter their age or circumstance. We truly love our neighbors.

Won’t you join us?

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Indianapolis, IN 46201
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