In Our Community
Brad and Lisa have transitioned from overseas to ministry based here in California. San Diego has one of the largest populations of immigrants/refugees in the USA, with more coming every month, especially from the Middle East. Brad and Lisa are the local coordinators for a new training program for cross-cultural workers. New workers preparing for ministry abroad spend three months living and working with Muslims in the immigrant neightborhoods of San Diego. Class work each morning and internships among refugees in the afternoons give them practical understanding of ministry challenges before they move to the field. Brad and Lisa are bringing their many years of experience in ministry overseas to help train and prepare the next generation as they are sent out to bring the Good News to those still unreached.
S.H.I.P. (Self-Help Interfaith Program)
SHIP is an ecumenical collection of volunteers from approximately 18 local congregations. SHIP provides a four-month residential program designed to help homeless guests attain permanent self-sufficiency. For more information, contact Mark Draper at email@example.com or learn more about S.H.I.P. here.
We Care is a non-profit organization that pools the resources of the community to meet the emergency needs of families and individuals such as rental assistance, utility assistance, DMV fees, food, personal care items, clothes and more. Learn more
Precious Lamb Preschool
In partnership with local shelters, Precious Lamb welcomes the children of Long Beach's homeless and underserved community into full-time, high quality preschool education. The program is free and enables parents to pursue employment, education, rehabilitation and housing. Learn more
The mission of Rising Tide is to empower children and youth of low income, multicultural families of the greater Long Beach area through academic support, tutoring, mentoring, cultural enrichment, arts, sports, supervised recreation, and other after school programs. Several Good Shepherd covenant partners serve as tutors. Learn more.
Food Finders is a multiregional food bank that rescues food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets. This food is then taken directly to missions, shelters and domestic agencies to feed the needy and impoverished. Food Finders relies on volunteers and staff drivers to help pick up and deliver. Learn more
The Way Out
The Way Out Ministries in Hawaiian Gardens includes Turner High School, a safe place for teenagers to learn, be mentored, and prepare for adult life. Learn more
Christian Outreach in Action (COA)
COA provdes a stable, daily environment for the homeless and poor by offering transitional housing, food, clothing, spiritual guidance and vocational counseling. Good Shepherd small groups cook dinner for COA monthly. Learn more.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Good Shepherd supports the local chapter of InterVarsity at Cal State Long Beach. InterVarsity is an active student movement, committed to knowing and experiencing God, reaching campuses with the love of Jesus Christ, and raising up leaders who will change their world. Learn more.
Good Shepherd supports the local chapter of Young Life at Cabrillo high school in Long Beach. Young Life believes in the power of presence; that adolescents' lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them and share God's love with them. When their leaders believe in them, teens begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose. Learn more.
Twice a year, Good Shepherd members prepare and serve food at Judy's Kitchen, which offers a warm lunch monthly to those who need it. Judy's Kitchen operates out of a UCC church in Los Alamitos.