jay’s journal

Partnership with Police

I recently read an article about how students who live in an area of high crime have less ability to be upwardly mobile. The challenges of crime affect their economic future. 

Without doing much analysis, I would tell you that our police department is doing more than just keeping us safe today, they are making it possible for our kids to break the cycle of poverty. Their work truly is about the children in our neighborhood’s future. 

We value our partnership with the IMPD and are proud that we are served by the best. We put a high value on our partnership and believe in the men and women of our police department. They are key to helping us do what we do and to making the future bright for everyone in our neighborhood. 

However, they can’t do it alone. We can work together to make the difference. The safety of our neighborhood is our responsibility. Won’t you find a way to partner with your local police to help improve our future?

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!

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