As people find themselves needing food support, often their lives have become complicated beyond their ability to manage it. Increased housing expenses or decreased job income all factor into a whirlwind of problems and challenges. At Shepherd’s Pantry we have moved to increase our time and ability to provide ‘Resource Counseling’ to each client coming into one of our pantry locations. Our new resource notebook is provided to each trained counselor in order to direct them to partner agencies and assistance. A good example of that is our increased relationship with the YWCA of San Gabriel Valley. They have been providing case management services at Shepherd’s Pantry for the past year and have provided much needed direction and other supportive services to our clients on-site. Recently they acquired a new grant providing free bus ‘tap’ cards to low-income residents, which has enrolled numerous pantry clients. Each new service or new referral provides the recipient direction and hope. That extra help is often all a person needs to get back on their feet again to be self-sufficient for themselves and their family.