Caring Service in the Community

Christians in the 21st century are called to be light, leaven and salt in their local communities offering caring service to others both in gratitude for, and in witness to, God's love. At Good Shepherd we understand that offering caring service in the community is one of our primary missions. This is reflected in hands on opportunities for ministry and in our budget. We strive to give a third of our resources for God's work in the world. In 2015, this amounted to $323,671 or 24% of the budget.

Ministries supported by Good Shepherd:

Caring for the homeless: 

CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority; St. Stephen's Ministry, Inc.; Family Promise of Augusta, Inc.; Action Ministries/Maxwell House

Caring for the hungry:

Golden Harvest Food Bank; Downtown Cooperative Ministries (DDCM); St. Stephen's Ministry, Inc.; Mercy Ministries, Inc.

Caring for children:

Augusta Heritage Academy; Child Enrichment; Kids Restart; Augusta Mini Theater

Caring for families with children:

Family Promise of Augusta, Inc.

Caring for those with substance abuse:

Hope House

Caring for those with mental ilness or disability:

Augusta Training Shop for the Handicapped; Friendship Community Center; Berry Center, Inc; Developmental Disabilities Ministries, Inc./Drew Home; Serenity Behavioral Health; Coalition for Mental and Spiritual Health

Caring for victims:

Domestic Violence Intervention Center (SafeHomes)

Caring for the poor and needy:

Catholic Social Services; Mercy Ministries, Inc.; Christ Community Health Services; GAP Ministries; New Bethlehem Community Center

Caring for those with special needs:

Center for Care and Counseling; Comfort House; Family Counseling Center

National and International Organizations:

Remote Area Medical Foundation (RAM); Dominican Development Group



Family Promise of Augusta, Inc.

Family Promise of Augusta, Inc., formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta, provides shelter, meals and support services to homeless families with children. For one week, several times each year, our parish house becomes their "home." Hosting guests requires parish volunteers to prepare meals, help children with homework, and be available for conversation and encouragement. Families stay safely and securely in area church facilities while working to regain self-sufficiency.

Service Opportunities Around Town

First Baptist Church Bridge Ministry

  • Send donations to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 14489, Augusta, GA 30919.
  • Contact: Brenda Williamson, 706-860-8850
  • Wednesdays: First Baptist Mission Activity Building, 5:30pm
  • Saturdays: 15th Street & Calhoun Expressway

Faith Food Factory

  • A division of Golden Harvest where non-perishable donations are sorted, inspected, and re-packaged.
  • Contact: Victoria Bioscoechea, 706-736-1199 x 207
  • Volunteers are needed year round.
  • Tuesdays: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 1:00 - 4:00 pm; 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesdays & Fridays: 8:30am - 12:00 noon; 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Christ Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen

  • Serve or host lunch in the Harrisburg neighborhood.
  • Currently needs help on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Contact: Lynn Prather, 706-738-3386 x 24

Lydia Project

Maxwell House

Donations of all kinds are being accepted in the designated box in the lobby.

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