Good Shepherd Ministry is a charity whose aim is to assist the homeless and others in need in Wolverhampton. We provide practical assistance in the form of food, clothing, bedding and toiletries – some of the basic necessities of life.
The ministry was begun in 1972 by a Roman Catholic religious order of Brothers, The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd. The Brothers (who are now known as the Brothers of St John of God, details of whom can be found at their main website ) have projects to help the poor in many countries on all continents. Over the years the Brothers have been involved in various works to help people in need in Wolverhampton. The current project began in 2003 and takes place in the Methodist Centre, Darlington Street. It began in a small way but grew over the years as the need increased and more support was received from the community. Today our assistance program is operating 7 days a week, helping about 250 people each day, individuals and families.
Good Shepherd Ministry is a registered charity. It is administered by a management committee whose members include representatives of local churches and local business people. The services provided are organised and operated by the Brothers, supported by their employees and about 80 volunteers.
Most of the food and clothing we pass on to our service users is donated by friends and supporters. Our supporters come from all sectors of society and include individuals, companies, schools, religious bodies and other organisations. Our financial needs are met by donations from individuals and organisations of all kinds, and an annual grant from Wolverhampton City Council.
Our key values are hospitality, care, compassion, dignity, excellence, justice, respect, trust.