The Shepherd’s Office, a faith-based drop-in resource center for the homeless, hungry or lonely, is participating in "Do More 24 Delaware,” a statewide 24-hour day fundraising blitz for nonprofits beginning at 6 p.m. March 5 and concluding at 6 p.m. March 6.
"Do More 24 Delaware” is sponsored by United Way of Delaware and Spur Impact Association, and features a number of community supporters awarding prizes, including matching funds and free media marketing for those receiving the most individual donations.
The Shepherd's Office in Georgetown provides a supportive free resource center in a faith-based environment for the homeless, recovering alcoholics and addicts, as well as the unemployed, hungry and the lonely.
Director Jim Martin said the mission center relies on individual donations instead of local or state grants and hopes to win “Do More 24 DE” prizes by encouraging people to donate.
"We are so grateful to the many volunteers and small donors, who have helped us to serve the neediest in our community,” said Martin. “We believe the people of Sussex County are among the most caring individuals in the state, and are willing to help make a difference when provided the opportunity. We’re asking all who feel led to help, consider a gift in any amount, even as small as $5, to help us reach our goals of winning one or two of this event’s prizes during the 24-hour contest or even win the biggest prize of all for most individual donations.”
The Shepherd’s Office offers free bread daily, home-cooked meals, relief from extreme cold or heat, a cell phone charging area, a bathroom, a sitting area, support groups, bible studies and various activities each week. In addition to drop in hours, regularly scheduled events are held throughout the week.
On Monday, Shepherd’s Helpers, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is open to those seeking resources or in need of friendship, as well as a free lunch for the homeless, hungry or lonely. Tuesdays, Spanish and English free dinner and Bible study is held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, dinner is held from 4 to 6 p.m., and Dual Recovery Anonymous substance use disorder and mental health program is held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday night Bible study is held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with snacks, message, study and fellowship.
"The Shepherd’s Office provides volunteer and peer support, which is extremely important to those with a mental health disorder and/or addictions, or are down on their luck for any number of reasons, as they re-engage in the community to become productive members of society,” said Martin. “We focus on the basics first — food and shelter — and then we dig in to the more complicated situations like finding permanent housing, becoming job ready, job searches, hiring and job retention, and we provide crisis intervention for individuals and families, by soliciting help from the community.”
Donate to the Shepherd’s Office during the 24-hour period at bit.ly/32rsY1M.
For more on the Shepherd’s Office, call 856-9395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.