The Shepherd’s Hand Community Outreach Center
Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church – Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Emerging Leader: Rachel Jaseph
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $10,000
- Dates of Grant Term: April 2018 – April 2020
Rachel Jaseph studied theology in the deaconess program at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., and served as a missionary in Lima, Peru. During her service in Lima, she was part of the team that laid the groundwork for the Mighty Fortress Mercy House, that serves countless children, women, and families in lower middle class and impoverished urban communities in the South American urban center. After completing her time in Peru, Jaseph served three church plants in the Dominican Republic from 2015-17, teaching, mentoring, and spiritually caring for church and community members with a specific focus on training future national church workers. Upon her return to the United States, Jaseph received a call to serve as deaconess at Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., in order to spearhead the development of The Shepherd’s Hand Community Outreach Center.
The Shepherd’s Hand Community Outreach Center will serve the urban East Central and Memorial Park neighborhoods of Fort Wayne, Ind. The programming and events offered will target the educational, health, and life needs of the community with two programs: (1) An afterschool homework help program for elementary and middle school children. The program will help meet the educational support needs of these students through mentors who will encourage them to succeed early and help combat the high secondary school drop-out rate. (2) Expand the community meals program to offer nutritious meals, cooking and healthy eating workshops, and health education for the many low-income and single-parent families who reside in the immediate neighborhood.