In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. — Matthew 5:16

Good Shepherd is blessed to have a community that is dedicated to sharing the love of Christ with their neighbor through our active Outreach Ministry.  By earmarking 25% of our annual budget to Outreach, Good Shepherd is able to support a vareity of non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Haitian Timoun Foundation, Graceworks Lutheran Services, and Adopt A Class.  In addition to providing financial support, members serve at organizations such as Matthew 25 Ministries, Tikkun Farm, and Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank to provide the labor necessary to further their missions.  It is through the generous support of our congregation that Good Shepherd is able to touch the lives of so many.

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Habitat for Humanity - 2023

For 36 years Good Shepherd members have volunteered at Cincinnati Habitat involved in various activities. A majority of the volunteer time was helping construct over 100 new homes. For at least 20 years Good Shepherd has included Cincinnati Habitat in our Annual Out Reach Budget. Each year these funds provide 10-15% of the cost of a new home. 

Last year Cincinnati Habitat completed construction on 17 new homes. This years plan is to build 18. These homes are and will be located in the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Butler County and Kenton County. New home building sites we work at are typically in Bond Hill, College Hill or Lockland. The typical home built is a one story with a full basement, three bed rooms and two bath rooms. Current costs are $135,000 to $145,000. 

Habitat home ownership is not a “give away” program. Potential homeowners have to meet employment and credit requirements. For their down payment, they are required to provide “sweat equity”  of 250 hours by working helping to build their home or work at a Habitat ReStore. 

Good Shepherd is one of the 11 members of the East Side Coalition of churches. We will partner with another East Side member church two or three Saturdays to work at a build site. Usually two of those Saturdays we will be also be responsible to provide lunch, typically for 12 to 15 people.  

Cincinnati Habitat has a good activity for family involvement called “Rock the Block”. They organizes and oversee this community cleans up, fix up activity,etc. It is held twice a year on a Saturday. The first one this year will be held in April in the Bond Hill Area. This activity draws volunteers from all around the Cincinnati Area. There is enough “helping hand“ activities for over 300 people. 

We are part of Habitats Mission: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope”.  Please be watching for future announcements with specific information about upcoming opportunities to be a Habitat  volunteer.

In the mean time I welcome your questions about volunteering at Habitat: rjohnson138@cinci.rr.com, phone (513)262-6480. 

We can make a difference - Roy Johnson, Habitat Coordinator, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church


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