jay’s journal

The Story You Make Possible

The story of Shepherd is not about the stats of the neighborhood, or even the programs Shepherd offers.

The story of Shepherd consists of the many lives that have been transformed through the love of Christ. Lives that came to Shepherd as children, and we walked alongside them and their families as they grew up and became the first in their family to graduate from high school. We watched them leave Shepherd with a new hope for the future. These young men and women are breaking the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.

These young men and women are transforming the city of Indianapolis:

She is an actuary for One America.

He is an IMPD officer.

She is a stay-at-home mom.

He is serving in the US Army.

She owns a design firm.

He is a welder.

She works at Shepherd.

He is a leader at Shepherd.

She works for county corrections.

He works construction.

She is a manager at Donatos PIzza.

And many more are still in college.

The story of Shepherd…The story YOU make possible.

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

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Indianapolis, IN 46201
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