Throughout the year, we have many opportunities to put our faith into action, and have a little bit of fun, too. Whether it is baking cookies for prisoners or washing an outreach vehicle, cleaning and renovating apartments or playing board games with homeless shelter residents, we try to seek and serve Christ in every person.
From caring for the sick, the friendless, and the needy, to supporting other ministries, we facilitate a minimum of ten direct contact service hours per semester (the base requirement for many local High Schools and Honor Societies). There are a number of ongoing projects in which the youth regularly participate.
Ronald McDonald House provides a comfortable home away from home for families who must travel to fulfill their children’s healthcare needs. Families have the opportunity to connect with others who share similar experiences. The staff and volunteers offer a number of services that including: private guest rooms, daily meals, transportation to and from hospitals, laundry facilities, and activities for parents and siblings. The Youth of Good Shepherd have partnered with the Ronald McDonald House in their “Share-A-Meal” program. Families at Ronald McDonald House spend most of their time making visits to the hospital and taking care of their critically ill or injured children. Volunteers can help bring peace of mind and joy through the Share-A-Meal program. Volunteers come to the Ronald McDonald House to cook and serve a meal for the families. Our youth meet and cook a meal several times a year for the residents of RMH.
The Coastal Bend Food Bank (CBFB) is a nonprofit organization that solicits and distributes food which might otherwise go to waste or be discarded by manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Since 1982, CBFB has been fighting hunger in the Coastal Bend by providing food and personal care products to various charity and service agencies. The Coastal Bend Food Bank reduces hunger in South Texas through food distribution and nutrition education. The Youth of Good Shepherd enjoy serving as volunteers at the Coastal Bend Food Bank by assisting with their Kid’s Backpack Program. The Coastal Bend Food Bank’s Kids’ Backpack program aims to provide children with nutritious food to take home for the weekend. Backpacks are filled with nutritious, child-friendly food and are distributed on the day before weekends or holiday vacations.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a summer day camp with the purpose to incorporate themed activities that entertain kids so that they can learn about God. Vacation Bible School is an easy way to get kids involved in church while learning about the love of Christ. VBS lasts about five weekdays in the summer and is run by adult and youth volunteers. The Youth of Good Shepherd are a vital part of making VBS a success. With over 150 children attending, it is important to have our youth act as counselors to minister to these children through various activities.
Trinity Towers Retirement Community is a retirement facility located near Good Shepherd. They specialize in offering our local senior population independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, continuing care retirement communities, home health, therapy and hospice. The Youth of Good Shepherd volunteer at Trinity Towers in various ways. Two examples would be caroling to the residents during the Christmas season and Home Blessings during Epiphany.