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What is it like to live at Shepherds?
We realize that "one size does not fit all" and therefore life is different for each person who lives here.
Shepherds is known for the residential aspect of our programming. More than 150 men and women call Shepherds home. There are two residential programs at Shepherds: Endeavor and Catalyst. Each of these programs offers supports and guidance to help individuals maximize their skills and reach a level of Appropriate Independence best suitable for them. Our philosophy of Appropriate Independence is woven throughout all that Shepherds has to offer.
Here at Shepherds, we offer a variety of work opportunities for the men and women including light industrial work, kitchen work, janitorial, and housekeeping. These jobs are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm with a lunch break. Each person takes pride in their work and takes pleasure in each opportunity they have. They value the money they earn and enjoy contributing towards an end goal of the work team.
As we have seen individuals age, we met new needs with a program called Crowns of Splendor. Crowns of Splendor is an aging program during the work day that focuses on maintaining physical and mental skills. The men and women exercise, sing, play games, work, and are able to express themselves creatively through activities. It is a flexible atmosphere that can help accommodate those extra needs that a person has as they age and are unable to go to a traditional work environment.
Spiritual growth is a priority here at Shepherds. We encourage those who live at Shepherds in their relationship with Christ through group devotions, personal devotions, prayer, Bible studies and church. We offer church services on campus Sundays and Wednesdays, along with smaller Bible classes and studies. Many people also choose to attend local churches and participate in programs, studies, and service at these churches.
We encourage individuals to volunteer and give back. Two opportunities we have to give back are our hand bell team and our Gospel team. Each team travels all over the United States to serve in church services. They share their musical abilities along with what God has been doing in their lives. Many people have heard of Shepherds because of these two ministries.
We emphasize personal growth in the men and women as well as our staff. Each person works one on one with staff to set goals and improve their skills and abilities. What a privilege to be a part of someone else's success as they learn new skills, improve their abilities, and practice using their God given talents.
The men and women we serve here love to participate in community activities. Special Olympics is just one way in which they do just that. Our athletes compete in a variety of sports such as cross-country skiing, basketball, swimming, bowling, track, and bocce ball. Many of our individuals have been blessed with talent and have competed on state and national levels. One individual has even competed internationally bringing home three gold medals. In addition to Special Olympics, individuals also enjoy concerts, pro sporting events, fundraisers, community events and county activities. Each year one highlight is to go to the county fair to see the animals, ride the rides, and attend the rodeo.
Providing support and guidance based on Godly principles is what Shepherds does to ensure that individuals achieve success and develop their full potential while living in an environment that best suits their needs and enhances appropriate independence.