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SPECIAL EVENTS
Shepherd’s special events are designed to provide a little relief from the everyday stresses caused by poverty. Through special events, our neighbors come together for food, fun, and laughter. Most importantly, however, special events help to provide hope. The following is a brief overview of how Shepherd works to provide hope through our special events.

ANNUAL BANQUET

Thursday, November 9, 2017: Be a part of spreading the Shepherd story with you friends and family. Enjoy a good meal, guest speaker, and help us celebrate how the Power of One idea can transform our community.

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Shepherd Community serves neighborhoods where hunger is common, education is lacking, and hope is in short supply in an effort to break the cycle of poverty.You can make a difference! Click here to learn more!

CARING AT CHRISTMAS

Christmas is one of the busiest times of year here at Shepherd. There are multiple events to provide for our families whether it’s through celebrating Christmas through our Christmas Festival with our families or allowing our children to pick out gifts for their parent at the Christmas Kid’s Shop.

Christmas Festival
Each year Shepherd Community hosts a Christmas Festival for our families. Here families can have a fun afternoon sharing a meal, take a formal family photo, sign up for our Christmas Store, and a handful of other family-friendly activities.

Christmas Kid’s Shop
Each year parents are able to provide gifts for their children through our Christmas Store, however we give our children a chance to pick our gifts for their parents. Every child is able to pick out and wrap a gift for their parents/guardians. Regardless if they attend our school or a part of our After-School Program, they have the same opportunity to give a gift to their loved ones.

Christmas Store (Parent shop)
The Christmas Store is a largest production Shepherd puts on all year. Each year families within Shepherd’s programs sign up for the Christmas Store at the Christmas Festival. At the Christmas Store, parents are able to “shop” through a large selection of donated toys that we received through our toy drive. We are able to empower our families to pick on toys for their kids and families. Each family has a volunteer who provides help guiding them through the store and helping picking out toys, games for the entire family, new clothing (including underwear, socks, etc), books, and a new toothbrush. The gifts are then wrapped and the parents are able to leave Shepherd that day with a car full of gifts for their families to be opened on Christmas morning.

Toy Drive
Each year Shepherd relies on donation to supply the Christmas Store. Businesses and churches host a toy drive at their location and fill up their boxes with toys. Thanks to some key partners like Jay’s Moving Company, the toys are then picked up and sorted by volunteers in preparation for the Christmas Store. Click here to learn more!

FALL FESTIVAL
A safe, family-friendly alternative to Halloween for children in Pre-School through 6th grade living in our neighborhoods. The Fall Festival features a Trunk-or-Treat, food, crafts, games and other fun activities for our neighbors. Visit our Volunteer page to learn how you can get involved in the Fall Festival.

This year at Shepherd Community we will be holding our Annual Fall Festival on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm. It is a fun event – full of costumes, decorations, games, face painting, crafts, and a huge need for volunteers. It will take between 75 and 90 volunteers to be able to provide the adequate amount of help that we need to provide our kids and families (almost 800 hundred people last year) with a safe, fun Halloween alternative.

BASKETS OF HOPE
Through partnership with Indian Creek Christian Church, over 800 volunteers fill and deliver Thanksgiving dinner baskets to area residents. A basket includes all of the ingredients and supplies for families to cook a Thanksgiving meal together. Visit our Volunteer page to learn how you can get involved in the Baskets of Hope event.

Contact us

Shepherd Community Center
4107 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201
Phone: 317.375.0203
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