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Featured Non-Profit: The Shepherd’s Staff

The Shepherd's Staff - Feature Image
Located at 30 Carroll Street in Westminster, MD, 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 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.”

The Shepherd's Staff - The Blessings Closet
The Blessings Closet

Check out some of their fantastic programs and learn how you can help:

    • 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.
    • The Blessings Closet serves 2,500 households each year with non-food essentials for household, hygiene and personal care. 140 Mini Storage is proud to be a collection location for this wonderful resource year round. You can download their brochure to see what items are needed and how you can make a donation.
    • The Shepherd's Staff - Call for Coats
      Call for Coats

      From late September through November, your gently used winter coats are collected, cleaned, mended and distributed for free to Carroll County residents in their annual Call for Coats.

    • 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’s used to help the uninsured and under-insured purchase prescriptions, over the counter medications and medical supplies.
    • The Shepherd's Staff - The Shepherd's Table
      The Shepherd’s Table

      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! For those in need, 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. You can make a donation online today and help make a difference for someone in our community!

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

If you’re interested in partnering with 140 Mini Storage and want to learn more about our tenant and business referral programs where you can earn some money, contact us today!