Outreach Programs

Wallace House

 

Originally Founded by Fr. Gary Wallace of the Church of the Good Shepherd as refuge for abused women, children and runaways, Wallace House has since evolved into a fully functioning outreach shelter program. Wallace House has been a haven of hope, healing, rest and warmth for our most desperate and downtrodden.   Staffed by an executive director, volunteer program graduates, a volunteer Board of Directors and volunteers from the community, we provide help to 50 – 100 clients a week; up to 5,200 clients a year.

Since opening in 1982, we have helped over 170,000 people!   Yet, we know there is so much more we can do with your support behind us.

Contributions from our caring community have funded critical programs for those in need.  Here are just some of the things we do:

Wallace House Emergency Shelter is our primary gateway service.  This is where the magic begins.  Clients may stay for up to six months at Wallace House.  During this time they receive wrap-around transformative case management services. This critical time allows our clients to obtain the traction necessary to change their lives.

The ultimate goal for our clients – permanent income and housing.

 Programs & Services

  •  Day Center: Showers; food; sleeping bags; tents; transportation vouchers; case management and referrals are provided to clients 5 days a week.  We work very closely with Sonoma County Mental Health and health care providers to provide local access  to wellness and mental health care services.  We also facilitate recovery to clients struggling with addiction and coordinate treatment.
  •  Transitional Housing enables clients to save money while working (or going to school) to improve their lives and become self-sufficient. Each client agrees to strive toward pre-established goals with the help of a case manager; during the two years they are given to complete the program.  Once again, the goal here is increased income and a move into permanent housing.
  •  Supportive Housing Program at Cherry Creek Village: This program is designed to reach chronically homeless clients with mental and/or physical disabilities, many of whom are disabled Veteran’s. Our aim is to come along side these clients to help them acquire necessary life skills, social traction and the emotional support needed to maintain permanent housing.  A common feeling shared by our clients is a sense of being included.  Our goal is to create and maintain a healthy family environment, where they feel safe and secure.  Most of our clients have experienced trauma as the result of domestic violence and abuse.  This feeling of security is extremely important for their continued stability.
  •  Homeless prevention services for the working poor. We provide financial assistance to the working poor to help prevent more people from becoming homeless. The homelessness prevention and referrals to Rapid Re-Housing Program, provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. The funds under this program are intended to target individuals and families who would be homeless but for this assistance. The funds will provide for a variety of assistance, including: short-term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services, including referrals to organizations providing mediation and credit counseling.  The majority of the funds help with one-time payment of past due rents, security or utility deposits and utility payments.

For More information, visit their website at http://Wallacehouse.org

Cloverdale Food Pantry

We are one of three churches in Cloverdale along with community volunteers that are dedicated to this program.  Each group assists in helping to collect package give out deliver food. Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm food is given out to people who come to the pantry.

King's Valley Senior Apartments

Good Shepherd participates in putting on a monthly birthday party at the Kings Valley Senior Apartments.  We have joined with three other Cloverdale churches in hosting the parties.  Our yearly quarter is March, April, and May.  The parties are on the 4th Thursday at 2 p.m.  We provide cupcakes, ice cream, and a beverage.  We set up around 1:30 in the Common Room.  If you are interested in participating in this ministry by hosting one of the parties, contact Jane Snibbe, 894-8558.

Community Outreach

We support community organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club,  Cloverdale Soccer League, American Legion, Senior Center and the Historical Society.

 

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