During the recent pandemic, it became very evident that our community needed additional support to find employment, social services and housing assistance. In our Needs Survey in the fall 2020, clients expressed their frustrations and concerns with all the changes happening around them.
To address individual needs in a more personal way, we have funded a full-time Case Manager position this year. This professional is working closely with volunteer Resource Counselors at all three pantry locations, to provide the help that is needed, whether it’s in employment, housing or need for social service support.
Sometimes people find themselves at a loss not knowing how to use a computer or how to find employment on a computer. Times have changed, so Shepherd’s Pantry has built an Opportunity Room to begin educating and supporting adults in small groups. 2021 will see the development of community partnerships and new ways to provide personal support, job assistance. Tutoring and other group services to help people in their path towards self-sufficiency. This site renovation was accomplished thanks to the Ludwick Family Foundation with additional support from the Champion Family Foundation for the needed electronics and teaching aids.