"We Have A Place For You."
Good Shepherd offers a robust selection of outreach projects for any level of involvement. Please select any items from the form below. We will contact you via email with program information.
Outreach & Missions
Outreach & Missions Committee will meet on Thursday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the library. Join us!
Click on an image below to see how what you are helping families recover from in the Middle Keys
Hygiene Kit Collection Update!
The Outreach & Mission Committee also wants to thank all those members of the parish who participated in our annual collection of hygiene kits for the children at the Warfield School in Indiantown. Warfield School is a Title I elementary school with 750 students. Most of their parents are farm workers or toil at other subsistence jobs, and many of these children grow up in a home where a toothbrush is an unaffordable luxury. This year we collected 115 kits, which will be distributed by the school nurse to the neediest of these children, who will also be instructed in how to use the items we provide. The school is enormously grateful for our support!
Kairos Prison Ministry
(“I was in prison and you visited me”, Matthew 25:36)
Kairos is an ecumenical prison ministry program with the mission to bring Christ’s love to incarcerated individuals by holding retreats within the prison chapel twice a year. For some, this opportunity is the first time they hear of God’s loving forgiveness. This volunteer program is an off-shoot from the Cursillo movement, at the request of the National Cursillo Center, and is supported by various denominations. Our 50 member teams that go into the prison consist of Episcopalian, Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Church of God and non-denominational Christians.
In our area, there are two prisons which accept the Kairos Ministry, one is Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI) and the other is Martin Correctional Institution (MCI).
If you would like to know more about this ministry, and would like to volunteer for future teams, please contact Jim Couillard or Deacon George Kinard.
Good Shepherd helps families in transition stay together and avoid homelessness by providing meals and support in cooperation with First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta. Watch for the next dates for Family Promise Week.
“Family Promise is an interfaith non-profit organization committed to helping low-income families nationwide achieve lasting independence. This is accomplished by providing shelter, meals, and support services for homeless families and through programs designed to redress the underlying cause of homelessness.” (Family Promise Volunteer Guide)
Options to help include preparing an evening meal, acting as an overnight host or providing something to do on Saturday afternoon. Families are housed at first Presbyterian Church of Tequesta for the week and this time we are especially in need of overnight volunteers to host the families.
Quantum House - Plans are in the works for Good Shepherd volunteers to prepare and serve a dinner for the guests at this house for families with children in the hospital at St. Mary's.
St. George's Dinner Ministry - Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals at the St. George's Center in Riviera Beach. Good Shepherd provides dinner for over 100 hungry people, on the second Wednesday of each month. Info.
Our Little Roses Orphanage - Located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Our Little Roses provides the opportunity for a childhood that all girls deserve – protection from harm; a safe, healthy and loving home; a chance to learn; the dream of a future, and a foundation in faith.
A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
IT’S A MARATHON!
Recovery is not a ‘done in a day’ project. For the people of Marathon, Florida, and the Middle and Lower Keys, it is truly a Marathon. Six months after Hurricane Irma engulfed the Keys with Category 4 winds, 12 inches of rain, and a 10 foot storm surge, our brothers and sisters in this Diocese still desperately need our help. Families are still living in cars in the K-mart parking lot, or in tents in the park. And the number of homeless is actually INCREASING as families who have been hanging on in their wind and water damaged apartments and condos are being told that the structures are condemned and they have to leave.
We asked the Rev. Debra Maconaughey, Rector of St. Columba Episcopal Church in Marathon, what she needed most. “RV Trailers,” was her reply. “We need RV trailers to get people out of their cars, vans, tents and ruined homes. The cost of the trailers is $8,000. That is what we need. I wish it could be less or easier but this is the truth. Anything you can do to help is appreciated.”
During this Lenten season, we are asking YOUR help – to raise $8,000 for one RV trailer, to house one homeless family in the Keys. What can YOU do to help these, our brothers and sisters?
Your responses will help us to gauge interest in various outreach projects, allowing us to plan most efficiently to serve others. A printable form is available with descriptions of many of the items listed above.
Responding to need in the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma.
Good Shepherd is responding to a direct request from an Episcopal Church in the Keys for Winn Dixie gift cards in any denomination. Please bring the cards to Good Shepherd and we will distribute them to the requesting church. We will be collecting the gift cards through Sunday, October 8. Thanks for caring!
Please readr Fr. Doug’s pastoral response to this devastating natural disaster.