Our Past, Present, and Future
The vision for a cooperative crisis center began in 1989 with the Westminster Ministerium. Our existence is intertwined with local churches, organizations, businesses, schools, and individuals that support this grassroots ministry with financial contributions, product/service donations, and hundreds of hours of volunteerism. The Shepherd’s Staff provides a wide range of outreach programs and services.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit, The Shepherd’s Staff does not receive funding from federal, state, or county agencies and, therefore, is totally dependent on community generosity and its own fundraising efforts. Year after year, our doorway has become more crowded with those in trouble and whose needs often stretch our resources to the limit. To meet the growing short and long-term needs of those we serve, our outreach programs and services depend on in-kind support, volunteerism, prayers, and dollars.
The Staff and Board of Directors believe that by concentrating on the smaller kindnesses that are needed for everyday living, we provide a sense of peace that can often be the first step towards relieving a crisis and begin healing.