“I came to Shepherd’s Staff when I was down on my luck. They were able to give me food and clothing.

But more importantly, they gave me HOPE!”

Who We Are

The Shepherd’s Staff is a Non-Denominational Christian Outreach and Support Center serving those in crisis in Carroll County, Maryland. Our office is located at 30 Carroll Street in Westminster, MD, 21157 across from Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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The Shepherd’s Staff ministry continually strives to effectively respond to people in their time of need. Our focus is to provide temporary assistance to resolve short-term problems and empower people to seek more permanent solutions for social and economic self-sufficiency.

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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.


The Shepherd’s Staff is the recipient of the following awards:

– 2017 Sylvia Canon Humanitarian Award

– 2016 McDaniel College featured Nonprofit Award

– 2016 Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Partner in Business Award

– 2014 Wm Donald Schaefer People Helping People Award

– 2008 Nonprofit Philanthropist of the Year Award.