Out of faith flows service and giving of oneself to others, following the example of our Lord Jesus Christ. Opportunities to serve others abound at Good Shepherd, from tithing thankfully from the blessings that God gives us to singing in the choir and assisting the poor and needy in our neighborhood and community. Members are encouraged to participate with such partner organizations as Faith Cafe, Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa, and Lutheran World Relief by volunteering time, providing food, soap, clothing and preparing health kits that are shared nearby and around the world.
Serving those in need since 2001! The primary goal at Faith Café is to feed the hungry. Monday through Saturday, they offer guests a comfortable, safe environment to come and enjoy a meal.
Meals are prepared at the new Faith Cafe building which is located at 1340 North Clearview Avenue, Tampa Florida, 33607. Lunch is served between 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Monday – Saturday. For more information about Faith Café and volunteering to help, please visit: www.faithcafetampa.com
When individuals and families need help, they turn to Metropolitan Ministries. Here they find compassion, hope, and answers to their specific situations. Metropolitan Ministries provides faithful answers for poor and homeless families living in our community through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity, and instill self-sufficiency… as an expression of the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ. The Ministries, a faith-based and community-supported non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, is funded through the charitable support of the community, including individuals, businesses, congregations, schools, foundations and civic groups. To learn more, please visit: www.metromin.org
Lutheran World Relief
LWR development projects focus on issues at the root causes of poverty. These debilitating causes tend to domino into more and more problems that trap people in poverty.
By the same token, attacking just one of these issues can help break the cycle, making people’s lives better and freeing them from suffering in many ways. To learn more, please visit: www.lwr.org
Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality
HOPE is a multi-issue, grassroots, community organization consisting of 24 multicultural and interfaith member congregations throughout Hillsborough County, Florida.
HOPE’s mission is to promote justice, fairness, and the dignity of people — by engaging and training community members to effectively act together to achieve long term resolution to serious community problems impacting our families and neighbors. Current projects in work are:
Civil Citation/Arrest Avoidance Programs for Children
Too many children are being arrested for first time misdemeanors in Hillsborough County and Florida. HOPE is organizing to reduce the arrests of children by getting decision makers to expand the use of the Civil Citation Program in our county and the state of Florida.
Local Affordable Housing Trust Fund
The current high cost of housing overburdens and stresses the economic livelihood, stability, and security of working families, veterans, and seniors with low incomes in our county. HOPE is organizing to establish a Hillsborough Affordable Housing Trust Fund with a designated public funding source to meet the critical housing needs of tens of thousands of families.
Improving Access to Elder Care
Hillsborough County senior population has seen the greatest percentage growth of all age groups. However, home-based and community-based services, which allow seniors to live with dignity and independence, have decreased significantly. These services include door-to-door transportation to grocery stores and doctor visits and aides to help with basic home chores and personal care. The decrease of these services will be a worsening problem, as the population of seniors ages 60+ is expected to nearly double by 2040. HOPE is organizing to expand these senior services to meet the growing needs.