What is Shepherd’s Gate?
Many people think Livermore’s Shepherd’s Gate is just a shelter, but it is so much more than this. It is a life changing program. Shepherd’s Gate is an oasis; a safe place for suffering women and children. I first learned of Shepherd’s Gate through their Adopt-A-Family and Bless Our Campus Christmas programs, but I learned much more when I spoke with Jill Gandara, their passionate Community Outreach Officer. I could feel the enthusiasm and love she has for Shepherd’s Gate. She provided additional information to what can be found on their website. So I will give you the basics of Shepherd’s Gate and hopefully convey Jill’s same excitement to you!
The residents at Shepherd’s Gate come from a variety of backgrounds, including financial struggles, domestic abuse, homelessness and poverty. Shepherd’s Gate offers an amazing comprehensive program to alleviate these issues and help resident accomplish their goals in life. Jill was proud to elaborate on the services offered and how case management is tailored to each individual. With the guidance and support of the staff and the Shepherd’s Gate’s program, women are able to utilize new skills and mindsets that help them heal from their past hurts. Success is the only option for these women as Shepherd’s Gate gives them all the tools they need to excel and an understanding of the love of Jesus.
According to the NCADV, (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence), “On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.” For women and children, the overwhelming stress and pressure to find a safe place is all-consuming. Shepherd’s Gate allows the women to focus on achieving success while their children are taken care of with on-site childcare! Safe and loving childcare is very significant for these kids since being exposed to abusive or traumatic situations at a young age can be detrimental. Both children and mothers are given safety and security during their ventures.
How Can You Be A Part Of Their Journey?
Shepherd’s Gate provides all of these amazing opportunities for women and children; and since they are a non-profit, they depend on our support. The community’s involvement with Shepherd’s Gate is essential because it provides not only food and shelter but also life altering programs. Supporters offer encouragement for these women and children, and emphasize that the steps they are embarking on are for the best! For women who are working hard to rebuild their lives and futures, their foundation lies on the positive feedback and support they receive. I encourage you to take a peek at their website and see the various ways you can show your support! They have awesome volunteer and donation opportunities!