The Covid-19 pandemic has made the homeless situation in Manchester, New Hampshire worse to the point where it is estimated that there are now 35 encampments in the city. Shepherd’s Way has ‘adopted’ three of the larger camps and visits them at least once a week providing food, water, hygiene kits, and clothing to their occupants. It also provides tents, blankets, sleeping bags, and tarps whenever it can afford to buy them.
Our volunteers often run into the saddest of situations as the homeless are the most vulnerable in our society. Homeless people are often subjected to the cruelest of abuse and victimization; robbery, theft, addiction, beatings, and disease. When the cold sets in, the elements make survival an even greater challenge for them.
With the changing of the seasons, there is a tremendous need for warm clothing, blankets and tents. Imagine what it would be like to be sleeping outdoors on the ground in the cold rain or snow with nothing for shelter and warmth but a piece of plastic over you.
We do the best we can with what little funding that we get and, we do a lot for Manchester’s homeless population. Were it not for the generous donations of caring individuals, we would not be able to do what we do.
As we approach the cold months and the season of giving, on behalf of the Board of Directors of Shepherd’s Way, its volunteers and the many homeless people that it serves, I am making this most urgent appeal to you.
Won’t you please consider making a donation to us so that we can continue our work? No matter the size of your gift, please know that it will be graciously accepted and deeply appreciated. Below is a link for you to use to check out our donation options. Thank you for caring.
Merle Burke, President & Founder
Shepherd’s Way, Inc.