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FEATURE NON-PROFIT: The Shepherd’s Staff

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140 Mini Storage is proud to continue our partnership with The Shepherd’s Staff. This wonderful organization helps so many people in so many ways. We continue to serve as a collection location for their Back-To-School and Call for Coats programs and hope to continue to support them in any way we can.

The Shepherd’s Staff exists to Reach Out to those in crisis, to Aid those in need, to Support those in trouble, to Seek Out and Encourage pathways to self-sufficiency, and to Be a Witness for Christ in our community.”

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Located at 30 Carroll Street in Westminster, Maryland, The Shepherd’s Staff has been serving the community since 1989 when they began as a cooperative crisis center with the Westminster Ministerium. The Shepherd’s Staff provides many outreach programs and services. As they do not receive funding from federal, state or county agencies, they are totally dependent on the generosity of the community and their many fundraisers.

  • The Back-To-School program provides children from Pre-Kindergarten through high school with backpacks, books, supplies, shoes, clothes and even a fresh, first day haircut.
  • Their Blessings Closet serves 2500 households each year with non-food essentials for household, hygiene and personal care. We are proud to be a collection location for this wonderful resource year-round.
  • From late September through November, your new or gently used winter coats are collected, cleaned, mended and distributed for free to Carroll County residents in their annual Call For Coats drive.
  • Every Friday at noon, thanks to donations from Weis and Safeway, Westminster United Methodist Church hosts The Shepherd’s Table, a soup kitchen for those in need.
  • Each year churches, businesses, individuals and groups help to support the Rx Fund by placing Rex on their counter. Your loose change in that little piggy bank helps to raise the $12,000–$15,000 it takes to maintain this fund. It is used to help the uninsured and underinsured purchase prescriptions, over the counter medications and medical supplies that they may not otherwise be able to afford.
  • The Shepherd’s Staff’s signature fundraiser is, of course, the Carroll County Festival of Trees. Located in Belk Court in the TownMall of Westminster, many beautifully decorated Christmas trees are available for silent auction during the holiday season.

The warm and caring folks at The Shepherd’s Staff also welcome you to stop by any time. They offer the use of a telephone, bath and laundry areas, even grocery coupons and a book or magazine to take home and enjoy.

Your monetary donations are always welcome, as The Shepherd’s Staff assists with many financial emergencies, including: prescriptions, vision, dental, medical expenses, rent, mortgage, security deposits, utility bills, temporary lodging in hotels or campgrounds, summer camp and daycare fees, gas and auto expenses, moving, storage, funeral costs and job related expenses like IDs, certifications or getting your GED.

Executive Director Brenda Meadows and her wonderful staff work tirelessly year-round to help our community. Whether by donating a coat, a box of last season’s clothes, school supplies or your spare change, please consider this fantastic organization the next time you are looking to do a little good right in your own backyard!

If you are interested in becoming a non-profit or business partner, please contact us or reach out to our property managers.