As we look toward the 2022-2023 school year, there is one thing we know for sure…God is continuing to work in and through Church of the Shepherd as we care for our neighbors.  Our partners at Epworth continue to have critical need for the essential school supplies to start kids off right this fall.  

Founded in 1864, Epworth Children & Family Services is a multiservice agency that helps at-risk and in-need children, youth, and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education, and employment. Thousands of individuals turn to Epworth each year for foster care case management, residential and intensive treatment, psychological evaluation, in-home family therapy, emergency shelter services, transitional and independent living, homeless youth outreach, drop-in center and clinical services, life skills and vocational training, and a 24-hour crisis help-line.

We will be collecting supplies throughout the month of July. There will be collection bins in the entryway of the church or feel free to drop them off by the church office during business hours. Click here for an easy, printable "shopping list".
Here is a list of most needed school supplies:
  • Backpacks (for older middle school to high school age)
  • Ball point pens (black or blue)
  • Black permanent markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Composition notebooks
  • Dry erase markers
  • Earbuds**
  • Flash Drives**
  • Folders (2 pocket with 3 prongs)
  • Glue sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Notebooks (wide and college ruled)
  • Scientific Calculators**
  • Three Ring binders (1 inch)
  • Washable markers
  • Wide ruled loose-leaf paper

While all the items on this list are in high demand, those that are marked with ** are in especially high need.
For more information, contact Denise Spalding.

Monetary Donations
If you can’t contribute to the drive with school supplies but are able to help with a financial donation to assist in purchasing items necessary, you can do so by donating in a number of ways. Donations can be accepted via our church app or church website here (select School Supply Drive from the drop down menu), or by check to Church of the Shepherd (with School Supply Drive noted in the memo).