I became president and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in 1997. It was then that I met the beloved Rev. Dr. Conrad W. Raker, son of Good Shepherd’s founders and long-time administrator.
In my early years at Good Shepherd, I spent considerable time with Dr. Raker. We chatted often about Good Shepherd’s history, mission and place in the community. Dr. Raker believed that Good Shepherd could not fulfill its noble mission  without the help of a thriving and connected community of supporters, volunteers, friends and others. He believed that Good Shepherd had a symbiotic relationship with this community—we supported the community, and the community supported us.
Dr. Raker was right.
That’s why I am proud to serve as the community chair  of the 2010 United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s fund-raising campaign. Like Good Shepherd, the United Way fills an integral role in this community. Each year, more than 66,000 men, women and children in need benefit from the more than 80 programs and services supported by the United Way.
The programs funded by the United Way address the social and economic problems in the community. These programs help deliver individuals from hunger, violence, homelessness and drug addiction, they help children succeed in school, and they do it without regard to race, gender or socio-economic status.
The United Way’s 2010 campaign is underway. If you are able, I encourage you to support this important cause, as it will help the many individuals in our community who lack the basic necessities to survive.
To learn more about how you can support the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, visit the United Way’s official web site.