The Good Shepherd Alliance came into existence in 1983 when a pastor—Charlie Grant—began taking homeless people into his own home. The first year, working with the local Sheriff’s department, he took in 14 homeless youth. His work led to the creation of the area’s first organized homeless shelter, called Loudoun County Emergency Housing Alliance. This predecessor to The Good Shepherd Alliance began raising funds to house the homeless for a short time at a local motel. Area developers then became involved, allowing use of vacant residences in the spirit of mutual responsibility in addressing homelessness.
Over the years, The Good Shepherd Alliance grew, obtaining property, growing its distinguished Board of Directors, hiring professional staff and establishing solid, coordinated programs to address not only housing, but the problems that cause and surround homelessness. Today, with the capacity to serve the community like never before, The Good Shepherd Alliance operates an emergency shelter; 6 transitional homes for single women, single mothers and families, thrift stores in Ashburn, Sterling and Leesburg; and a small food pantry.
In addition to providing much-needed shelter, Good Shepherd Alliance has expanded its services to make a goal-oriented, intensive case management approach to self-sufficiency available to all our housing residents. In addition, we have numerous outreach programs to assist families in need through our food pantry, counseling and case management services, and thrift store voucher program.
By the grace of God and through the generosity, care and concern from our community members, this year we touched the lives of over 120 shelter residents, 1,600 families in need, and 1,500 volunteers.