Outreach Ministry

Good Shepherd's Outreach Ministry is led by the Staff Outreach Coordinator who is supported by the Good Shepherd Mission-Outreach Council.  The Council is an advisory body that forms and inspires Good Shepherd parishioners in their journey as missionary disciples to live the Gospel as they build the Kingdom of God through service to the poor and others in need in our community. 
The parish works through the Council with eight social service organizations to help people in need in our local community.  In additions to participating in parish-sponsored programs, parishioners can share their gifts of time and talent by participating in events such as our monthly Donation Drop-Off days to support these outreach partners and/ or volunteering directly with one or more of them.

upcoming Programs

June 21 - June 25 |  8:30am - 2:00pm every day

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Ongoing Programs

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 High School is a private, nonprofit outreach school in Fort Worth that is committed to providing young people with another chance at success. Cassata’s mission has been the same since its inception in 1975: To provide an effective, quality education that enables students of all backgrounds to raise their educational level and complete their secondary education.
 
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.  

To learn more about Cassata High School visit www.cassatahs.org or call 817-926-1745.
 
  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.

Click here for more information about Catholic Charities Fort Worth

  GRACE

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.

Volunteer Opportunities:

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.  

  Mid Cities Women's Clinic

M​CWC has in-person or virtual ministry opportunities to save a life and provide hope.

To volunteer, please visit:  www.mcwomensclinic.com

  Safe Haven

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.

Volunteer Opportunities:
  • 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.

Volunteer Opportunities:

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.

Donations:

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. Union Gospel Mission also have programs to help individuals become productive and independent.

Good Shepherd assists UGM by preparing and delivering 120-140 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 7:00pm 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.  

DONATIONS NEEDED

Individually wrapped packages of:

  • Potato Chips
  • Cookies
  • Fruit Cups
  • Full Sized Bottle Waters

Please bring donations to parish office marked Sack Lunch Project.  Thank you for your help!