Good Shepherd's outreach has grown out of a strong tradition of service. Our parishioners were founders of Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Newton many years ago. We cooked and served a quarterly supper at the homeless shelter Rosie's Place for over 25 years. We have supported ministries for AIDS patients, the homeless, and abused women and children. The outreach process at Good Shepherd is simple. The vestry sets aside a major budget item for outreach each year, and a committee of parishioners meets throughout the year to discuss distributing those funds and to decide on grants. The committee also organizes service opportunities and collections for worthy causes. In deciding which programs to support, we have followed the passions of our parishioners. We support the underprivileged children of the inner city through St. Stephen's Youth Programs and Epiphany School, where we have been volunteering. We also support Stephen's B-SAFE summer program. Our young people have also led us. They have been involved in creating snacks that help support the St. Stephen's after school program. Whether we are making monetary grants or giving time and energy, outreach keeps teaching us how to love our neighbors. Anyone who would like to join the Outreach Committee or get involved in an ongoing or new project should contact Pia Bertelli, chair of the committee, through the parish office: (617) 244-4028.
Good Shepherd's Parish Care Committee, also, dedicates itself to assisting church members in difficult circumstances. We do this by writing cards, calling, visiting, making a meal, driving or running errands. We endeavor to be a healing link to those in the parish who may be unable to come to church or participate fully in the life of the parish. Presently, twenty-five members make up the Parish Care Committee, including one member who serves as a medical consultant. Members with special skills such as construction, social work or medical training are highly valued. Strong relationships often form between committee members and the parishioners they care for. These bonds constitute a network of care that enhances the parish's ability to care for both current and new members.