There are so many needs
Outreach to bring the grace of Christ is our hope and goal.
Beaverton Youth Second Home
Beaverton Youth Second Home is a host home program for homeless high school students in the Beaverton School District which is facilitated by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause, please check out their site here.
Thanksgiving Food Baskets
Thank you to everyone who helps out with each year's Thanksgiving Food Baskets! In 2011, we had about 40 volunteers (including the confirmation class) over the week-end who provided 43 families with boxes filled with turkey or chicken, fresh vegetables, milk, eggs, stuffing, rolls, pie and other food for their Thanksgiving celebrations.
In 2010, fifty families were served, receiving turkey, ham or chicken, fresh fruit and veggies, bread, rolls, oil, flour, rice, pie and other Thanksgiving foods as well as God's love! We had fourteen volunteers the night before to set up and about thirty on Saturday morning to pick up food, assemble baskets, deliver, hand out baskets, and clean up afterwards. Thanks also to all those who donated food and/or cash!
Beaverton Compassion Clinic
We were blessed to be able to participate in the October 2011 Beaverton Compassion Clinic. Hundreds of people from local churches, medical and dental offices, and social service agencies came together to share God's love with the people of Beaverton. For more information please see their site at: http://compassionbeaverton.org/
Packed With Love
Thanks to everyone who donated school supplies and/or came out to help with Packed With Love! In August 2011, we had 6 volunteers from SOV who joined hundreds of other volunteers from area churches and Love, INC to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to almost 800 students! It was lots of fun and was a great way to meet and love our neighbors and share God's blessings!
Oregon Food Bank West
We had a great time volunteering at Oregon Food Bank West on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Our volunteers helped bag over 9000 pounds of potatoes to help feed the hungry in our community. We hope to set up another opportunity to volunteer with OFB in a few months, so let Larina know if you'd like to join our group.
Personal Care Kits
Thank you to everyone who donated Personal Care Kits to Lutheran World Relief for their May 2011 ingathering. These kits help people cope after natural disasters strike or political conflict flares. Kits containing soap, a towel and other personal hygiene items remind them that we care and allows them to keep clean in times of great uncertainty.
Thank you to all our volunteers who came to help build with Habitat For Humanity on June 18 and July 9, 2011! We had a great time working on the eight houses being built in the Ramble Glen neighborhood. Thanks also to Rod for organizing this volunteer opportunity, Betty for making the beautiful baby blanket that was auctioned off and everyone who donated funds to help with the Thrivent sponsored house.
Ministering to God's Children
Thanks to Sandeep and Kranthi for delivering books, school supplies, fresh fruit and snacks to the children at Mahila Praanganam orphanage in Guntur City and rice, lentils, oil, eggs, soap, medical supplies and food to Santhom Karunaalayam home in Ponnur Town. Please ask Sandeep and Kranthi about their experiences in ministering to God's children in these two places and thank them for faithfully using the donations raised at SOV last December to help people in need in India.
Souper Bowl Service Blitz
Thanks to our 22 volunteers who came out to help at the Oregon Food Bank - West on February 5th, 2011! GO TEAM!!
Operation Christmas Child
In November 2010 we sent 36 shoe boxes filled with Christmas gifts to children around the world. Thanks to Tom and Lisa, 22 of them were labeled with bar codes that will enable them to be tracked. We look forward to seeing where they end up! If you'd like more information on Operation Christmas Child, please see their website at: www.samaritanspurse.org
LoveINC's GAP Ministries
Thank you to everyone who donated household cleaning and laundry items for one of LoveINC.'s GAP ministries, which provide non-food items for local families in need. For more information on LoveINC. and their GAP ministries, please see their site at: www.loveincbeaverton.org.
For its 35 years Shepherd of the Valley has sought relief and new life for people in the community. Perhaps our ministry of greatest emphasis has been refugee resettlement, adopting families with the aid of Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Resettlement includes finding an apartment, furnishing the home, stocking the cupboards and then beginning the process of adjustment with visits to health, welfare and job professionals. Our Shepherd volunteers have gotten to know many people over the years.
If you are interested in helping our refugee families, please contact Mert.