Brief history of Good Shepherd Services over 24 years
Good Shepherd Services (GSS) started the first half way housing for disadvantaged teenage girls. Currently this shelter is mainly for the residential care for young women offenders. Furthermore, due to the need for the service, GSS opened another shelter for mothers and their children who suffered from domestic violence.
One program was established for children who witnessed domestic violence. We have provided all sorts of treatment and related legal issue to protect children for secondary trauma.
We started to run a follow up program for young women who had just left the half way house and were finding it difficult to establish independent living. We provided supportive group therapy to enrich all kinds of resources as well as established website services for communication, education, and resource sharing. Moreover, we helped young parents to establish healthy relationships, parenting skills, medical resources, and related needs.
We started to promote violence prevention to the general population in our community, especially for college students. We formed the GS volunteer youth to help with violence prevention through workshops and updated GS internet services for our clients and general population.
Through God’s grace, our mission partners are cohesively working together which motivates us to serve our clients professionally with zeal, mercy, reconciliation, dignity, and respect. We will try our best to keep up to date with the needs of disadvantaged youth and integrate the related knowledge to our upcoming services.
Who is the major target group?
1. Services for children and youth.
2. Services for Women and children in crisis.
3. Services for single parents and adoption.
4. Services for foreign spouses and their families.
5. Services for aboriginal families.
6. Services for anti-human trafficking.
Motivation and Core Values
Good Shepherd works:
- To serve women and children, those who are marginalized and disadvantaged – to restore their dignity and resilience, thereby to improve their lives.
- To promote a fair and just society for all people.