At Shepherd, we embrace six core values that define our approach to helping families break the cycle of poverty.
We are Christ Centered
We are motivated and empowered to love others because God first loved us. While we were yet sinners our heavenly Father sent his one and only son to die upon the cross as atonement for our sins. He calls us and enables us to share this Good News with all.
We are Family Focused
Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty in the second generation. There is a culture of poverty which many children experience in their homes which does not encourage upward mobility and can sometimes be a hindrance to it. It is necessary to work with the whole family and begin to change the culture which can trap families and their children in poverty.
We are Community Minded
Strong neighborhoods, with caring loving adults who support one another and whose doors are open to their neighbors, provide a foundation which can help direct children into making wise choices about their present behavior and their future direction.
We are Achievement Oriented
The children that God has placed in our care intuitively understand that they live in a world which says because you are poor, or black, or an immigrant, or an IPS student, or that you live in the wrong neighborhood you are not valued. The primary way to overcome this imposed sense of less worth is through providing children with experiences and activities that give them a sense of accomplishment and achievement. Their self-worth can then be based on two things; the first is that they are not a mistake and they are loved by the God who knit them in their mother’s womb and second that they are capable of accomplishing things in this life.
We are Future Directed
Whether it is an addict trying to break his addiction, a person who is in extreme pain due to the loss of a loved one, or a hungry child living in poverty, the one thing that can move people forward is HOPE. Hope is the sense that the future can be better than the present. We strive to help children develop their “Future Story” and to allow that story to propel them forward.
We are Wholistic
The resources needed to break the cycles of poverty are not just financial. Other resources that those living in poverty often lack are emotional, mental, spiritual, physical, support systems, knowledge of the hidden rules of class, knowledge of organizational structures, and relationships/role models. At Shepherd we strive to empower children to acquire these needed resources.