Los Angeles, CA
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. Each mother engages in an extensive program of classes, groups and work responsibilities that help her to heal and focus on her growth as a person, parent and provider for her children. Within the security of her own family apartment, she can create a healthy family on a new foundation of safety, trust and support. When families are ready to leave Good Shepherd Shelter, they are able to lead safe, productive lives — and pass those values to the next generation. The Shelter’s own school provides the children with a protected educational environment in which they can thrive. Most students are above grade level when they complete the program and many excel in their next schools and go on to college, including prestigious universities.
There are 2-3 GSVs at the Good Shepherd Shelter.
GSVs serving at the Good Shepherd Shelter will assist in the implementation of the daily school program under the direction of the on-staff teachers. Ages range from Pre-School to 5th grade classrooms. Volunteers assist in planning and preparing the learning environment, setting up interest centers and preparing needed materials and supplies. The GSV assists the teacher in the classroom or, if the candidate is a teacher, s/he may have his/her own class. They will also help with outings, parties, holidays and events related to the Good Shepherd Shelter program.