Is there enough food in Indianapolis?
Is there enough housing in Indianapolis?
The answer to both is, simply, yes.
Poverty is not the lack of resources, but it is more about access to resources.
So how do we create access to the things our neighbors need?
Is that true poverty alleviation?
There has been a lot written about the different tests that students take. While our tests and scores are better than most, we are not satisfied. This is not about competition between schools, it is about a student who has a name and a face.
Our goal should be 100%. It has, and will, continue to be our goal here at Shepherd. We will continue to not lose sight of helping all of our neighborhood children succeed, whether in our school or another.
It is our responsibility, and our mission… if we choose to accept it!
I want to share with you a story from a few of our staff members, and how they helped our neighbors during the recent cold snaps.
While driving through the neighborhood and distributing blankets, we noticed a lady and her elementary-aged daughter standing on the corner. The car’s thermometer read only 4 degrees. They had missed the school bus and now, hand in hand, the woman and child headed off to the school, on foot, more than a mile away. We pulled up and offered to take them to school. They were cold and graciously accepted the ride.
Once in the car, the conversation turned to the blankets we had in the back seat. We explained our mission in the neighborhood and that the blankets had been generously donated to Shepherd. The mother exclaimed that the furnace in her house wasn’t keeping up with the cold temperatures and that she could certainly use some blankets. So after we dropped off her daughter at school, we drove her home and gave her blankets for her and her family. She was very appreciative of the donated blankets.
Thanks for your help in making it possible for us to be here for our neighbors.