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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission:

Shepherd''s Table is a nonprofit organization in downtown Silver Spring, supported by volunteers, religious organizations, government, businesses, foundations, and individual donors. Our mission is to provide help to people who are homeless or in need by providing basic services, including meals, social services, medical support, clothing, and other assistance in an effective and compassionate manner. 

Programs: Shepherd's Table's programs include:- serving a hot evening meal 365 days a year- providing "gently used" clothing to men, women, and children through our "Clothes Closet" - operating a Resource Center which provides information and referral to services provided by community and government agencies; homeless client advocacy; mail receipt and distribution for those with no fixed address; telephone access; shelter referrals and transportation assistance; prescription assistance; emergency response to crisis situations; on-site medical, psychiatric, mental health, and legal services; Veterans' Homeless Outreach assistance; free haircuts- operating a free Eye Clinic which provide no cost eye testing, glaucoma testing, and prescription eyeglasses to those in need

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been donating food and clothes to Shepherd's Table since 1997 and volunteering here since 2009. This is a one stop shop for many of the patrons. The daily meals, clothes, eye clinic, library, medical assistance, counseling, mail box for veterans and others without homes and the list goes one. I was inspired by the Late Thierry Musel (Food Services Manager) who didn't take a day off from coming here and preparing a meal. He said, "Hunger never takes a holiday." Like Thierry, most people that work and volunteer here are selfless and believe in the greater good.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I moved to Silver Spring in 2001, I was looking for a place that provided food security and clothing to those most in need in my new community. What I discovered was a place that provides even more - Shepherd's Table serves its dinner guests and clients with dignity, compassion and dependability. Shepherd's Table will lunch a weekend brunch service on December 16, 2012, marking the countdown to the 30th anniversary.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

When I moved to Silver Spring in 2000, I sought out a place that helped people needing a hand out and a hand up. Shepherd's Table, now for more than 27 years has been fulfilling that need - providing a delicious and healthy meal every single day, clothing closet, referrals to shelters and social services, a shower, eye clinic, Rx referral and all with dignity.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Hello, Thank you for serving a good tasting, healthy evening meal that I can look forward to in these difficult financial times. It provides hope and fellowship, and the Resource Center is staffed with caring people! My husband and I truly Thank You.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Shepherd's Table has an amazing history that continues to this day. For 27 years, it has been serving a daily hot dinner: 365 days a year, through snow and power outages, never missing a single night. In addition, there is a free clothes closet; a resource desk providing medical and counseling support, including a bilingual counselor; and an eye clinic. The head of the resource room has been dedicating his life to the job for 20 years. All of the staff, along with a large core of volunteers, are committed to the mission of Shepherd's Table, ensuring that clients are treated respectfully as they are assisted with their needs.