Community support greatly appreciated [Letter]


In May, the Shepherd's Staff was honored with the 2014 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the award at the Shepherd Staff building on Carroll Street in Westminster.


In making the presentation, he remarked "I am happy to be in a position to recognize a faith-based organization like this," He added during his presentation "the state would never be able to pay for all of the services provided by nonprofit organizations like Shepherd's Staff."

It is nice to receive a recognition like this, but our real thanks go to our dedicated staff, led by director Brenda Meadows, and our committed volunteers who try every day ti fulfill the mission of the Shepherd's Staff to touch people's lives with a loving and caring response to their needs and treat them with dignity. We work hand in hand with the non-profits in our county which are also committed to make life a little bit better for those going through difficult times.

As a year-round, faith-based organization that does not receive county or state funding, we depend on the love and open pocketbooks of supporting congregations and our county community. Meadows said, "The community has stepped up to the plate. We have been able to serve the people that come through the doors because of the generosity of the people of Carroll County."

We are now engaged in our annual back to school county-wide program led by volunteer Ronda Robinson. Since registration for this program began two weeks ago, more than 350 students have been enrolled for school supplies, backpacks and shoes. In the calendar year 2013 our back to school program and year-round essentials touched the lives of 1,107 students, and we expect that number will increase this year due to the tough economic times..

In the words of Franchot, "hats off to the Marylanders who volunteer and help other people." To that was say amen.

William Louis Piel


The writer is president of the board of directors for Shepherd's Staff.