Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
As you know, the Bahamas has been devastated by Hurricane Dorian and this storm will continue to impact people and property along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. for the next several days. Our hearts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas, as well as others in the U.S. who have been or will be affected by the hurricane. Good Shepherd has been receiving calls from parishioners who wish to support hurricane relief efforts. In addition to ongoing prayers, financial contributions to one of the agencies providing disaster recovery relief efforts are most needed at this time. Monetary donations allow these agencies to quickly move supplies and volunteers to where they are most needed.
Catholic Relief Services has established a fund to assist families in the Bahamas with immediate relief. You can make a monetary donation to CRS at https://support.crs.org/donate/hurricane-dorian.
Additionally, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami and Catholic Charities USA are working with local agencies to provide immediate relief in the Bahamas and the U.S. You can make a monetary donation to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami at http://www.ccadm.org/disaster_relief_services/. To make a donation to Catholic Charities USA, visit https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/ or https://app.mobilecause.com/form/RTKRvQ?vid=1vyas.
Please pray for all of those who have been and will be affected by Hurricane Dorian. The effects of this disaster will be ongoing throughout the foreseeable future and your prayers will have a positive impact.
Wednesday Outreach Workday (WOW)
Share your gifts of time and talent as you join fellow parishioners to complete various outreach projects at our Wednesday Outreach Workdays (WOWs). They are held at 9:00 a.m. on select Wednesdays throughout the year in our parish hall.
ChristCare is Good Shepherd's parish outreach program and part of our partnership with Catholic Charities Fort Worth. Through this program, we are able to provide financial assistance and counseling to parishioners and individuals in need who reside in these zip codes -- 76034, 76051, 76092, 76099, 76180, 76182, 76244, 76248, 76148 and 76137.
Senior Emergency Relief Fund
SENIORS WHO NEED ASSISTANCE
If you are senior who wants more information about or wishes to apply for assistance through this fund, please:
- Review the eligibility criteria by clicking here.
- Complete the Senior Emergency Relief Fund application by clicking here.
Once you complete the application, please submit it to the Good Shepherd Outreach Coordinator Kathy Guarino. You can drop it off in the Parish Office or submit it via email at . Kathy will review your application and contact you regarding the next steps.
WANT TO HELP SUPPORT?
If you would like to support this new outreach program by making a donation, you can make a donation via Faith Direct or you can contact Good Shepherd Business Manager Michael Vinez at 817-421-1387, or send an email to . You also can bring your donation to the parish office. All checks should be payable to Good Shepherd Catholic Community and have “Senior Relief Fund” written in the memo line.
Help the Homeless
Good Shepherd Outreach Services will begin collecting travel-, sample- and small-size toiletry items for our homeless brothers and sisters residing in the streets of Fort Worth. In partnership with Saint Patrick Cathedral's Christ Before Us Program, we will provide these toiletries to our homeless friends each Monday evening, when they are welcomed to St. Patrick Parish to receive light refreshments, haircuts, medical treatment from UNT medical students, and resources for housing and job placement through Catholic Charities Fort Worth's Street Outreach Services (SOS) Team.
Simply bring the following travel, sample- and small-sized toiletries items to Masses on any weekend and drop them into designated collection baskets, which will be located near the food collection bins by the church exits:
- Bar Soap
- Bug Spray (wipes/or spray)
- Cotton Swabs
- Deodorant (for men & women)
- Disposable Razors
- Lip Balm
- Medicated Powder (Gold Bond, etc.)
- Sun Screen
- Tissue Packs
Weekly Food & Household Goods Collection
Parishioners are encouraged to donate canned goods, non-perishable food items, diapers, wipes, laundry detergent and other household goods to our Weekly Collection conducted at all Masses every weekend. Simply bring your items to Mass or drop them in the bins. The Outreach Services Ministry will deliver the items to the GRACE Food Pantry and St. John the Apostle Outreach.
Parish Service Day
Twice a year, Good Shepherd offers Parish Service Day. Be the face of Jesus through service projects that help those in need in our community. Volunteers of ALL ages are welcome!
Our Next Parish Service Day is:
Saturday, Sept. 21!
Volunteer for the Collection Crew!
Good Shepherd Outreach Services is in need of volunteers to help with various collections throughout the year. These always coincide with weekend Masses and are a great teen, family or individual volunteer opportunity. To volunteer please fill out the information below.
Good Shepherd Outreach Partners
Click on the links below to learn more about our programs and our partners and how you can get more involved by volunteering and supporting our efforts.
Cassata Catholic High School
Cassata Volunteer Opportunities:
Donation to the Cassata Closet: Cassata provides new and gently used clothing to our students for their use at school or work. We gladly accept clothing donations or gift cards to purchase clothing.
One-on-One Tutoring: Work with the students to help them overcome obstacles with reading, writing and math.
Mentor Lunch Helpers: Help set up and clean up, solicit restaurant partners, or provide holiday goodies for our bi-monthly lunches for mentors and students from 10:45 am -1:00 pm.
All volunteers need to be 18 and older.
If anyone is interested in learning more about Cassata, please consider attending one of the Cassata Connections Mentor lunches. Please contact 2 to 3 days prior to lunch date.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Fort Worth is a faith-driven, service-driven, and forward-driven organization committed to living out the commission of Jesus Christ throughout the diocese of Fort Worth by welcoming the stranger, caring for children, and strengthening families.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC COMMUNITY:
Hope Center: Volunteers take calls from clients seeking assistance and direct them to resources that meet their needs. Training is provided.
Transportation: Volunteer drivers are needed to assist clients with rides to medical appointments, job interviews, and social service activities. Drivers need to have a current driver's license and insurance, and must complete the CCFW Transportation Training Program. Time: Mon-Fri 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (3-4 hours shifts requested)
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT CATHOLIC CHARITIES CAMPUS IN FORT WORTH:
Donation Center: Sorting donations, assembling bags for clientele
Assessment Center: Help create activity boxes and birthday party supply boxes for children at the center; be a Birthday Buddy by providing cake and presents for birthday child, reading buddy for school-age child.
Refugee Services: Mentor a refugee teenager and/or family. Of particular need, are volunteers with teaching experience to help adult refugees learn English and to tutor refugee youth. Class times are available in the morning and afternoons, Monday through Saturday. Training using CC resources will be provided.
Also needed at Refugee Services are volunteers who will shop for apartment needs for newly arrived refugees, help set-up refugee apartments, and assist with donation pick-ups.
Education & Service: Teach financial education courses, assist with client resumes/job search, teach ESL classes, or tax prep.
Community Enrichment Center & Open Arms
The Community Enrichment Center’s (CEC) mission is to restore hope, share God’s love and change lives in our community. This faith-based non-profit serving Tarrant County families in crisis by providing the resources, tools and encouragement these families need to improve their lives and become self-sufficient.
Food Pantry: Fill client orders and assist them in loading their vehicle. When not helping clients, volunteers will sort, stock and box food.
Adopt-a-Family Mentor: Mentor families by calling them to see how they are doing and inform the case manager if needed. Contact is at least twice a month for three months.
Job Club: Assist with resume prep, interview skills, online job search and occupational skills training.
Literacy for Life: Facilitate GED prep and adult literacy classes
Child Care: Assist with child care while parents attend various classes to improve there current situation.
Life Skills Meetings: Assist with teaching, planning, designing and facilitating meetings for our families. Time varies.
Second Glance Resale Shop: Sort, organize, stock and greet and assist customers. Donations and proceeds from Second Glance Resale help support Open Arms.
To sign up as a volunteer, contact Kathy Guarino with any questions.
GRACE (Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange) is a faith-based non-profit relief agency that provides food, clothing and other emergency assistance to residents in need in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake and surrounding areas.
YEAR-ROUND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Food Pantry: Stock incoming supplies, assist client shoppers with budgeting & nutritional considerations, check-out and picking up food from local grocery stores. Must be 18 and older to volunteer.
Resale Stores: Restock merchandise, help with displays, assist customers and cashier. Ages 10-14 are welcome with a parent.
Donation Station: Sorting and unloading donations.
Health Clinic: Doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, medical specialties, translators and clerical assistance needed. Must be 18 and older
Transitional Housing: Case management, decorating apartments, maintenance and repairs (painting, plumbing, carpentry, yardwork etc.) Must be 18 or older to volunteer.
To volunteer, click here to visit the GRACE volunteer website.
SEASONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
In addition to GRACE’s year-round programs, clients, volunteers, and donors can participate in the following seasonal opportunities
Feed Our Kids prepare and serve lunches to children in local apartment complexes throughout the summer. This bridges the gap for children who normally receive free or reduced lunch at school. GSCC always has a week or more during the summer for adults and teens alike to volunteer.
Transitional Housing Fall Festival provides an opportunity for the families staying in transitional housing to have a night of fun. Volunteers play carnival type games, kids are able to trunk and treat and dinner is provided for the entire family.
Turkey Collection/Holiday Food Distribution assures that all area households are able to serve Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to their families. Food baskets include everything needed to prepare a home-cooked holiday meal! GSCC raises funds to purchase turkeys and other items for the holiday food baskets but volunteers can also sign up to prepare the baskets.
Christmas Cottage allows parents to choose gifts for their children at Christmas time. Clients are given vouchers to shop in a store-like setting filled with new donated items and toys. GSCC parishioners provide gifts for the cottage through Advent Angel Tree donations but volunteers can also be used throughout December to clean, setup, operate and tear down the Cottage. Volunteers must be 18 and older.
To volunteer, click here to visit the GRACE volunteer website.
Mid-Cities Care Corps
Mid-Cities Care Corps (MCCC) preserves the independence of senior neighbors in N.E. Tarrant county. It was established in 1981 and is supported by faith based communities/churches, civic groups, businesses, and individual friends working together. The area served includes eleven (11) communities: Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Southlake, and Watauga. MCCC does not “income qualify” and clients are never charged for services because we recognize that most of our clients are on limited incomes.
Transportation - to “routine medical” appointments and “quality of life” drives on weekends. Transportation is the core service provided by MCCC volunteers, it includes picking up the client at their residence, taking them to their appointment or errand, staying for the duration of the appointment or errand, an returning them home.
Helping Hands - assist seniors with minor home repairs, wheelchair ramps, Adopt-A-Yard program, and group service days.
TLC Phone Friends program allows seniors to expand their social networks from the comfort of their home.
Click here to visit the MCCC website to learn more.
SafeHaven of Tarrant County is an organization focused on ending domestic violence in our community through safety, support, prevention and social change. SafeHaven’s vision is to be a center of excellence in creating and implementing services that bring about positive, measurable change in the epidemic of intimate partner violence. It is the largest and most comprehensive agency in Tarrant County providing services at no cost to domestic violence victims.
SafeHaven is always looking for small groups, such as GSCC ministries and SCCs, to assist SH with its mission. Here are a few opportunities for you to consider:
- Provide and/or serve meals in SafeHaven’s shelters;
- Host a game night, craft night or movie night at a shelter;
- Collect and donate household cleaning supplies for a family moving into housing;
- Help set-up, decorate and/or tear down its Santa’s Sack toy donation centers (December and January).
To Volunteer, please visit the SafeHaven Volunteer Website
St. George Catholic School
St. George Catholic Church is GSCC's great-grandmother parish with our roots going way back, when St. George helped launch a mission parish which eventually resulted in GSCC parishioners meeting to form our church. Currently St. George School, enrolls 200 students in Pre-K through 8th grade including ethnic backgrounds reflective of the parish; Anglo, Asian and Hispanic with several families living at or below the poverty level.
Each spring GSCC sponsors a book drive and a school supply drive for the school in the late summer.
- Share a Story- Read to students, both morning and afternoon times are available.
- Host an after School Club - For one hour a week for 5 or 6 weeks highlight a hobby of yours with the students of St. George. Suggested topics could be running, tennis, IT, gardening, music, dance or photography.
- Help with School Upkeep - Students do better in school when they feel better in their surroundings, you or a small group could help improve the school environment by painting classrooms, spreading mulch on the playground, or planting flowers.
Click here to visit its website and learn more about St. George Catholic School.
St. John's Baby World
St. John's Baby World offers assistance to families with children in need by providing gently used clothing, food/formula, toiletries, diapers and toys. The agency serves babies to children up to 6 years of age living in Tarrant County.
Baby World - Sorting donations and assisting clientele
English as a Second Language: ESL stands for English as a Second Language. This is a phenomenally successful program that teaches English primarily to newly immigrated people of all nationalities. Volunteers are needed to teach ESL at St. John's. Training and curriculum provided.
St. John's Outreach is always in need of donations for Baby World and its Food Pantry.
Donations for Baby World - Baby World donations such as diapers, new and gently used clothing and other items used by babies and toddlers, can be dropped off during business hours at St. John's Outreach office, 4101 Frawley Dr, North Richland Hills, TX 76180. Call 817-284-5912 to confirm drop off times.
Donations for St. John's Food Pantry can be brought to weekend Masses at Good Shepherd (blue bins outside of church doors) or brought directly to St. John's Outreach office, 4101 Frawley Dr, North Richland Hills, TX 76180. Call 817-284-5912 to confirm drop off times.
Click here to visit St. John's Outreach website.
Union Gospel Mission
Union Gospel Mission Tarrant County serves the homeless in Fort Worth. It serves three meals a day to the homeless 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
Good Shepherd assists UGM by preparing and delivering 70 sack lunches twice a month for UGM to distribute to those homeless who are not able to enter the shelter or are working and unable to come to the shelter for a meal. We gather at 7:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at Good Shepherd in Room 6.
All items will be provided, we simply need your hands to help. Please bring your family and help us provide a meal and hope to those in need.
Click here to visit Union Gospel Mission’s website for more information.
Individually wrapped packages of:
- Potato Chips
- Fruit Cups
- Full Sized Bottle Waters
Please bring donations to parish office marked Sack Lunch Project. Thank you for your help!