Three Good Shepherd Volunteers

Three Good Shepherd Volunteers (GSV) for the Province of Mid-North America have settled into their new home at Good Shepherd Shelter Los Angeles. They arrived in September and are adjusting to being away from family and friends. They are also growing professionally, tackling responsibilities and jobs they never thought they’d have. Most significantly, the three Good Shepherd Volunteers are finding their way into the hearts of moms and children at the shelter.

Astrid Quinones (left) is handling advocacy, outreach and social media at the LA Shelter. Rachael Brugman (center) teaches history at the shelter school. Grace Dietrich works with toddlers in the shelter’s preschool.

The Good Shepherd Shelter is the first domestic violence shelter in Los Angeles. It has been serving battered women and their children for 110 years. The Good Shepherd Shelter provides a safe, nurturing environment in which mothers and their children can heal, reawaken their dignity and self confidence, and learn the skills that will help them stop the cycle of domestic violence.

Good Shepherd Volunteers provides recent college graduates with full-time volunteers with the opportunity to use their gifts and talents to serve women, adolescents, and children who are affected by poverty, violence, and neglect. GSV has placements in the United States and internationally in a variety of fields: domestic violence, fair trade, economic justice, youth counseling, foster care, after-school programs, and education.

Good Shepherd Shelter is a sponsored ministry of Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. Good Shepherd Volunteers is a joint ministry of the Province of Mid-North America and Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of New York.

Read more if you are you interested in learning how you can be a part of this niche group of volunteers.

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website veganstoryteller.com