A Community Offering Helps Foster Change

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School partners with Gilead House and helps create a better future for in-need families

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School has partnered with Gilead House to help in-need families. Good Shepherd Lutheran School’s weekly chapel offerings will go to Gilead House and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be providing Gilead House with monetary donations as well as household necessities for the facility and the families at Gilead House.

The Gilead House vision was developed in 1997, with the first three families moving into Novato-based Gilead House in 1999. The mission of Gilead House is to offer a peaceful and loving environment to families in transition; affording them life skills, transitional housing, mentoring programs, and numerous life-management skills to help lead them toward a stable existence and permanent housing of their own.

“This is a wonderful partnership — the Gilead House is a local facility that serves families in our vicinity," says Karen Kane, Congregational Life Coordinator for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and member of the Gilead House Prayer Team. "I’m proud to work with such a wonderful group of individuals to help make a difference in our community."

Kane is also the Director of Admissions for Good Shepherd Lutheran School. “It’s amazing to watch the students at Good Shepherd get excited to help these families, it really makes us proud,” she says.

Recently, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School donated fresh new linens and bedding for a new Gilead House resident; a single mother with three daughters, ages 3, 11 and 15. The 3 year old was the most excited.

“… She received Hello Kitty bedding donated from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School and she slept in her own bed for the entire night — the very first time in bed of her own,” states Gilead House Executive Director, Jacque McLaughlin. “Attending Chapel at Good Shepherd Lutheran School with the children and talking to them about the Gilead House — it is one of my favorite things to do. I am amazed at their interest and their heart for the Gilead House kids.  I appreciate them very much.”

For further information on the Gilead House, volunteer opportunities, donations and/or application for residency, please call 415-895-5575 or visit www.gileadhouse.org

For more information on Good Shepherd Lutheran School, please contact Gigi Dennis, Marketing/PR at 415-250-4762 or e-mail gigi.dennis@goodshepherdlutheran.org.

About Good Shepherd Lutheran School Founded in 1976 as a ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran School provides a comprehensive Preschool – 8th grade education serving the children of families in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Based on biblical principles and centered on Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd Lutheran School is a faith community that believes the best education takes place within the context of relationships, and where the uniqueness of every child is valued. Small classes emphasize one of the core values of GSLS, and teachers integrate a Christian worldview into the curriculum thereby creating foundations of faith, integrity, leadership, service to others and academic excellence.

GSLS is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association and the California Association of Private School Organizations, and is accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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