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The people of Good Shepherd are involved in a variety of Mission Projects through our schools, neighborhood groups, work places and personal involvement in favorite mission causes. In addition, members and friends support many mission projects at Good Shepherd – projects that address health, education, hunger, emergency relief, housing and a variety of other needs.
Here are some of the ways we do that in our local area.
Albany Lutheran Cluster Projects
Joining with other area Lutheran churches, we collect designated items for people in need. Recent collections helped families of premature babies (Albany Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit), arts and crafts supplies for the Parsons Child and Family Center, care baskets for the Venture Church, and food and personal care items for the clients of the Sister Maureen Joyce Community Center.
Member churches of the Albany Lutheran Cluster are:
Albany CROP Walk
Good Shepherd traditionally takes home the Albany CROP Walk trophy for the most walkers and most money raised for this 10K walk to benefit local food pantries and international hunger relief organizations. We won’t be letting up our efforts, but we sure do hope the other Albany Lutheran Cluster trophy contenders beat us next time … so that together we can stop hunger!
Homeless and Travelers Aid Society
HATAS was formed in 1924 with the mission to end homelessness within Albany County and the Capital Region. We meet the immediate need for shelter, food and clothing in addition to addressing the long-term need for affordable housing and employment. HATAS is located at 138 Central Avenue Albany, New York 12206. You can reach HATAS by calling (518) 463-2124 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because hands and feet get cold in winter, all the mittens, gloves and warm hats that cover our tree at Christmas time find their way to local social service agencies.
Family Promise of the Capital Region
Our Mission: To affirm the humanity and dignity of homeless families, and to engage our community in helping them achieve sustainable independence.
Albany Maritime Ministry
Albany Maritime Ministry is an ecumenical group of volunteers who offer a warm welcome to seafarers that dock in the Capital District of upstate New York. Our hub is located at the Seafarer Center in the Port of Albany.
Emergency Overflow Shelter
Our mission is to be a refuge of last resort during the coldest months of the year; to provide simple hospitality; a bed, and a meal on a daily basis; and to serve people who have no other shelter options in Albany County. In addition, we refer guests to other service providers to offer options for housing, employment, counseling, entitlements, and addictions and health services.
Cornerstone Campus Ministry
Cornerstone Campus Ministry brings students together at UAlbany to make a difference in the world. We have what you're looking for! Join us for a variety of activities and great adventures; volunteer for a local community service project or join us for our annual mission trip; be part of our vibrant and relevant worship services; learn more in a Bible study or reflection group; meet new friends and establish relationships that are real.
Habitat for Humanity Capital District
Partnering with families to provide affordable housing and shelter rehabiltation in Albany, Rensselaer and southern Saratoga Counties.
Good Shepherd Endowment Fund
This fund receives gifts from individuals, using the generated income to support:
- missions of the ELCA at home and abroad
- community needs
- church related educational experiences, scholarships or grants
- capital improvements, debt reduction or building programs of the church
Recent beneficiaries have included Family Promise of the Capital Region, the University at Albany Campus Ministry, Albany Habitat for Humanity, the Emergency Overflow Shelter at First Lutheran Church, the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society, and Albany Maritime Ministry. Since its creation, the Fund has distributed more than $25,000 to many local charities and missions of the Lutheran Church.