Being Shepherds - Where We Serve
One of the unique things about Good Shepherd is that each one in our community is in some way a “shepherd”. We are called to reach beyond ourselves, to serve those both in and outside our parish community. Our ministries are not separate from our lives but both life and ministry merge into one. We are individuals who have made our way to Good Shepherd Parish where together we worship and offer support to each other as we continue our journey and continue our ministry to be “shepherds” to others.
These ministries take many forms and touch all parts of God’s creation. Some of these ministries are more public – serving in the parish, in one of the many non-profit organizations, or in medical and psychiatric fields. Others are hidden- in our daily prayers and contact with others in our families and neighborhoods, in caring for the environment, and providing love and companionship for abandoned and abused animals. When possible, the parish as a community provides financial assistance to small non-profit organizations to help them in their ministry.
Below are just a few of the organizations where you can find Good Shepherd members serving and some of the organizations we support. We invite you to come and be part of our community and a shepherd for all God created.
Loaves and Fishes
Without passing judgment, and in a spirit of love and hospitality, Loaves & Fishes feeds the hungry and shelters the homeless. We provide an oasis of welcome, safety, and cleanliness for homeless men, women and children seeking survival services.
Francis House Center
Francis House Center is a soulful place that provides assistance, mentoring and resources for Sacramento’s homeless community.
Starcross is a small autonomous community of lay people trying to live quiet lives in the monastic tradition and offering encouragement and affirmation to gentle folk on all spiritual paths. We attempt to lead a prayerful, monastic life and to be one of the many presences in the world affirming the value of compassion for all. We have responded as we could to the individual needs of the suffering and the struggling, particularly children. Since 1986 we have felt a specific calling to respond to children impacted by the AIDS pandemic - in this country and abroad.
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.
Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center
The SacramentoGay & LesbianCenter is the oldest and largest LGBT community Center in California’s Central Valley. Hundreds of volunteers and donors contribute to the strengthening of the Center’s Mission: to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community of the Greater Sacramento Region by providing space, diverse programming, advocacy, and awareness in an affirmative and safe environment.
UC Davis Medical School Student-run Clinics
UC Davis medical students and physicians make significant contributions to the health of underserved populations in the Sacramento area through their volunteer efforts at several community clinics.
Interfaith Service Bureau
Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento, incorporated in 1920 as the Federation of Churches, serves the Sacramento, California, area by recognizing that the entire faith community can work together to foster greater understanding and respect among people of different faiths and to address human needs in the community.
The Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) is dedicated to ensuring the humane treatment of all animals in the Sacramento area. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for unwanted, abandoned and mistreated pets until they can be placed into loving homes. Through proactive intervention, public education and community outreach, the Sacramento SPCA seeks to promote respect for all life by breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and pet overpopulation in our communities.
These accomplishments happen without any government, state or city funding. The Sacramento SPCA is a local, independent non-profit organization and is supported through private contributions.
American River Parkway Foundation
The mission of the American River Parkway Foundation is to support the preservation, protection, enhancement, and appreciation of the American River Parkway by fostering environmental stewardship, facilitating volunteer opportunities, and funding and implementing Parkway projects and programs.
As a part of this mission we conduct the annual Great American River Clean Up. Participation in the Great American River Clean Up is a real contribution to the health of the Parkway and river. Removing trash and debris prevents pollutants from entering the watershed, harming the wildlife, or creating hazards for recreational users. Additionally, keeping the Parkway clean protects ocean life by preventing trash from being washed downstream during the winter rains.