Monday, June 22, 2009

Community Responds to Urgent Needs of Shepherd’s Gate

Generous group gives a $50,000 matching challenge to the community--

We will match every donation given, dollar for dollar up to $50,000!

Shepherd’s Gate released information about the urgent need to raise $150,000 by the end of its fiscal year on June 30, 2009 to meet all of the program, ministry, and operational needs of the organization, to prevent cutting back on services to battered and homeless women and children.

A generous group of friends have responded by collecting a $50,000 matching challenge, meaning that every donation given by the community will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000!!!

Recently, Shepherd’s Gate has drastically cut expenses, including cutbacks in staff salaries and has had to lay off some long-time staff members, in an effort to avoid cutting back program services.

“We are so very grateful for this generous opportunity. Meeting this matching challenge is crucial in helping us continue our mission to care for women and children in crisis,” said Steve McRee, executive director of Shepherd’s Gate.
To help Shepherd’s Gate meet this matching challenge, please make a donation online at, or mail to 1660 Portola Ave. Livermore, CA 94551 Attn: Accounting. If you have any questions please call Jennifer at (925)443-4283 ext. 204.

Shepherd’s Gate, with campuses in Livermore and Brentwood, serves more than 650 battered and homeless women and children each year. Some arrive with just the clothes on their backs, seeking a fresh start. For more than 25 years, Shepherd’s Gate has served over 9,000 women and children, providing Christ-centered housing and services such as professional counseling, drug and alcohol recovery, and job skills training to help women and children break cycles of abuse, addiction and homelessness. Shepherd’s Gate is a non-profit organization that receives no government funding, and relies on community donations and support.

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