Good News & Great Gifts

A Year-End Matching Gift Opportunity Benefiting Our Residents

At Good Shepherd we’re all about family. This is especially true for our 159 long-term care residents in Allentown and Bethlehem who call Good Shepherd home. For the families of our residents and... read more

Grants Expand Programs

Fall 2016 Good Shepherd recently received a grant from Provident Bank Foundation for scholarships for children with physical and cognitive disabilities to take swimming lessons through the Pediatric... read more

Women's Circle Gift Proves Life Changing

The power of philanthropy to change lives has long been a binding force among members of the Good Shepherd Women’s Giving Circle, a donor society founded in 2009. That mission was reaffirmed at the... read more

Gala in the Garden Breaks Another Record

About 500 guests gathered for the annual Gala in the Garden on Friday, May 21, 2016 on Good Shepherd’s south Allentown campus to enjoy a stellar evening of cocktails, fine dining and dancing. And... read more

Shop on AmazonSmile and Support Good Shepherd

In the mood to get started on your holiday shopping? When you shop at Amazon and use AmazonSmile, a small portion of your purchase goes back to Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. Here's how it... read more

Good Shepherd Needs You on Giving Tuesday 2016

First there was Black Friday. Then came Cyber Monday. Now, there's Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2016, part of an online global day of philanthropy that we hope will be a new holiday tradition for... read more

Friends Forever

For eight years, Greg Miller proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a supply petty officer 3rd class. His tours of duty included two aircraft carriers with most of his career spent... read more

Giving Back - St. Thomas More School

Congratulations to St. Thomas More School for winning the Special Project of the Year Award at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, November 9, at DeSales University. The... read more

Scholarships Help Nurses Achieve Higher Education Goals

The third annual Oberly-Allen Endowment for Nursing Scholarships Awards Celebration was held on Thursday, May 12, 2015 on Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s south Allentown campus. The... read more

PA ABLE Act to Benefit People with Disabilities

People with disabilities and their families face many challenges. Among them are planning for a financially secure future and saving for disability-related expenses. The Pennsylvania Achieving a... read more

2015 Golf & Tennis Invitational a Record Breaker

Good Shepherd’s 2015 Golf & Tennis Invitational on Monday, September 21, went down on the books as another record-breaking success, raising nearly $155,000 for the Pediatrics Program. The event... read more

Soul Food

Thanks to a gift from Dick and Sue Storat, members of the Raker Vision donor group, new technology is not only helping teach babies how to feed, it's feeding the heart and soul. For new moms, one of... read more

Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit Dedication

"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." - John Bunyan, Christian preacher and author (1628-1688) On Monday, January 18, 2016, Good Shepherd's... read more

Giving Back

A charitable heart comes in many disguises. For the children at the Good Shpherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit, that heart came in the form of a 13-year-old teen, slight of build but with a... read more

Resident Holiday Wish List

It's not too late to give to the Good Shepherd Resident Holiday Wish List. Every year, our 159 long term care residents tell us what they'd like for Christmas and that's where you, our donors come... read more

Double Your Year-End Gift

Thanks to a generous group of benefactors, gifts sent to Good Shepherd before the year ends will be matched up to $30,000! Yes—dollar for dollar—your tax-deductible donation will be doubled! It’s... read more

30th Annual Raker Memorial Awards Honors Four

Four devoted friends of Good Shepherd were honored at the the Raker Memorial Awards on Friday, November 13, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church in Allentown. David and Pam DeCampli have been deeply... read more

Good Shepherd Needs You on Giving Tuesday

First there was Black Friday. Then came Cyber Monday. Now, there's Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2016, part of an online global day of philanthropy that we hope will be a new holiday tradition for... read more

Women's Giving Circle Garden Tea Party

Click here to see the photo album.   Hats of many colors were in vogue on Wednesday, June 24, at the Women's Giving Circle garden tea party, co-hosted by Susan and Wendy Storat at the Storat family... read more

Gala in the Garden a Huge Success

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network's 2016 Gala in the Garden brought in $320,000, exceeding last year's gala and making it the most successful gala to date. Proceeds benefit the Good Shepherd... read more

21st Annual Sporting Clays Invitational Sets a Record

Check out the photo album by clicking here. A bit of cooler overcast weather didn't deter 180 participants from helping Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network gross $74,000 at the 21st Annual Sporting... read more

Grant Strikes a Musical Chord

April 2015 Want to see giving in action? Then just look at the smiles on the faces of the residents of the Good Shepherd Home - Bethlehem, pictured here during a music therapy session with Amy... read more

ABLE Act Helps Parents Provide for the Future of Children With Disabilities

U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr., (D-PA) visited Good Shepherd’s south Allentown campus on Monday, December 22, 2014, to announce the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act, a new law... read more

Charitable IRA Rollover is Now Permanent

  FREE GUIDE! Learn why your IRA is worth more as a charitable gift by requesting your free copy of A Tax-Smart Way to Give Through Your IRA. Contact us at or call 610-778-1075.  ... read more

Resident Holiday Wish List

It won’t be long until the holiday season begins. For most of us, it’s a time filled with joyful celebrations and traditions we look forward to sharing with our family and friends.  But for many of... read more

Winnie Melinsky Honored on National Philanthropy Day

November 13, 2014 Winnie DiLeo Melinsky was a Distinguished Honoree at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, November 12, at DeSales University. The annual event is sponsored... read more

Raker Memorial Awards Honors Four

November 12, 2014 (Pictured from left) John Kristel, Good Shepherd president and CEO; Mary Jane Frick, occupational therapist/assistive technology practitioner; Sally Gammon, retired Good Shepherd... read more

#GivingTuesday on December 2 is a Great Day to Be a Philanthropist

November 11, 2014 There's Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now there's #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 2, a global day honoring the philanthropic spirit that lives in us all. Good Shepherd... read more

Gala 2015 Committee Co-Chairs Named

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is pleased to announce the co-chairs of the 2015 Gala in the Garden fund raiser are Joe and Mary Pat Brake. This dynamic husband and wife team bring years of... read more

Golf & Tennis Invitational a Huge Success

To Order Free Pictures: Go to Click on the blue box, "Click here to find your school!" When the box pops up, type in "Good Shepherd" Click on "Good Shepherd" listing to view the... read more

Children With Autism Eligible for Swimming Scholarships

Good Shepherd has received a grant from Autism Speaks for children with autism to learn how to swim.  The scholarship can be used for either our Pediatric Pool Group Program or individualized swim... read more

Philadelphia Native and Bethlehem Home Resident Treated to Pat's Steaks

Thomas Brushman, a resident of the Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem, was treated to a trip to Philadelphia just to chow down on a cheese steak from Pat's Steaks. Pat, a native of Philly, has been a Good... read more

2014 Gala in the Garden Fund Raiser Sets a Record

Click here to see the video shown at the gala about Johnny Webb's triumphant story. Stellar weather, fabulous food, great music, and generosity of spirit were the cornerstones for the most... read more

Sporting Clays Raises Most Money Ever

The 20th Conrad W. Sporting Clays held on Friday, May 2,  was the most successful clays event to date, raising more than $68,000, thanks to the participation of 165 men and women shooters, and... read more

First Nursing Awards Ceremony Held

May 7, 2014 (Click here to see the photo album.) Good Shepherd's Nursing Awards Celebration, attended by about 50 associates, Women's Circle members and donors, was an emotional and joyous event... read more

Verizon Foundation Grant

Just in time for the holidays, Verizon Foundation awards the Good Shepherd Pediatric Program a $6,500 grant that will have a meaningful impact on young lives. Among other things, the funds will help... read more

A Simple Act of Kindness

Flanked by two toddlers and with her hands cleaning out the innards of a Halloween pumpkin, Angie Kopach was in her happy zone at Good Shepherd’s pediatric inpatient unit. What started out three... read more

Pathway To Wellness

Andy Tomasic was 20 years old when he climbed out of bed one morning and collapsed. The son of a former Major League Baseball and NFL player Andrew Tomasic Sr., Andy had always been healthy and... read more

Stenhouses Honored By Good Shepherd at National Philanthropy Day Breakfast

Tom and Millie Stenhouse of Bethlehem were recognized as Distinguished Honorees at the National Philanthropy Day Breakfast on Wednesday, November 13, at DeSales University. The Stenhouses were... read more

Where the Heart Leads

Eleven-year-old John Lewis made something very special at camp this summer. It wasn’t the crafts or the S’mores or the bouquet of flowers picked especially for his date at the big dance on the last... read more

Good As Gold

Girl Scout Abby Marone took on a project that earned her a Gold Award but the real win was priceless Abby Marone is driven, determined and has a heart of gold every bit as big as her Girl Scout Gold... read more

Taking A Stand for Love

On a beautiful summer Saturday, Dan Beers achieved something remarkable. Injured 11 years ago in a motorcycle accident that broke his back, paralyzing his legs, Dan walked to the altar to take his... read more

Where Are They Now?

A strong faith, a loving family and a generous heart have helped propel Ally Armstrong forward more than three years after a sledding accident in February 2010 left her legs paralyzed. Today, the... read more

Starlight Foundation Donates iPads to Pediatric Program

September 19, 2013 At Good Shepherd's outpatient Pediatric Program, technology is increasingly playing a powerful therapeutic role in the lives of children with disabilities. So with a grateful... read more

A Well-Deserved Award

September 19, 2013 Good Shepherd paid honor to long-time volunteer Bob Ford of Salisbury Township as the first recipient of the Bob Ford Volunteer Leadership Award at the Good Shepherd Golf &... read more

Gala in the Garden Raises Record Amount for the Children

Gala in the Garden, a fund raiser for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit, raised $237,000 thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors supporting this annual event. Donors... read more

He's a Hall of Famer

Keith Jenkins, a resident of The Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem, was inducted into Lycoming College’s Athletic Hall of Fame, the 63rd person associated with the school’s football program to be... read more

He's A Community Star

Bob Ford is passionate about many things. Ranking high on that list are children and the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network's pediatric program, two things to which he's been committed for many... read more

Color Explosion

An explosion of color, painted on expansive canvases with hand and foot prints, wheelchair tracks and even the swoop of a service dog’s tail spoke volumes at an art exhibition. “Wheels of Friendship... read more

A Sweet Charity Update

Last September, Dr. Euclide Toussaint, a pediatrician from Haiti, spent two weeks visiting the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem to learn about pediatric... read more

John Kristel Named New CEO at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd is pleased to announce that John A. Kristel has been named successor to Good Shepherd President and CEO Sally Gammon, who is retiring in early July. Click here to read more about John... read more

Raker Memorial Awards Honors Five

April 22, 2013 Good Shepherd honored five at its annual Raker Memorial Awards on Thursday, April 18, at Grace Lutheran Church in Allentown, continuing a long tradition of recognizing donors who,... read more

MS Society Grant Benefits Wellness Program

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Chapter, has awarded a $45,000 Community Impact Grant to Good Shepherd's MS Wellness Program. The program is highly regarded as one of the... read more

Air Products Leadership Group Gives to the Kids

A sleigh full of brightly wrapped toys arrived for children in the outpatient pediatric program at Good Shepherd just in time for the holidays bringing smiles to lots of young faces. The generous... read more

Elf on the Shelf Joins Good Shepherd Therapy Team

Of all the do’s and don’ts at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit, one of the most important is: Don’t touch the elves. Because if you do, explains Michele Shara, recreational... read more

Auto Dealers Gift Benefits Children

Members of the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association (GLVADA) continued to show their support for Good Shepherd's pediatrics program with a recent $5,000 grant awarded at the group's fall... read more

Medical Staff Honors Retired Physician

The Good Shepherd medical staff recently honored retired physician, Dr. Thomas Brislin, DO, with a $2,000 donation to a fund that helps Good Shepherd's residents enjoy greater access to the... read more

Backpacks Galore and Smiles to Match

  For most kids, back-to-school time means the excitement of a new backpack filled with everything needed to start the new year with all the right tools. But  nearly 90 percent of the... read more

The Gift of Good Books from Good Friends

Three-hundred new books valuing more than $7,500 were donated to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital for inpatient use by Judith's Reading Room, a nonprofit literacy organization based in... read more

Golf & Tennis Invitational Raises $200,000 for Pediatrics

 September 2012 Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Good Shepherd Golf & Tennis Invitational which raised $200,000 for pediatric program benefiting children with a wide range of... read more

One for the Kids

September 7, 2012   Good times and generosity flowed on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Starters Riverport in Bethlehem where friends gathered and raised more than $2,600 for Good Shepherd's pediatrics... read more

Donated Van Gives Residents Greater Independence in Life

July 2012 Thanks to the donation of a wheelchair-accessible van from VCI Mobility, Norristown, Pa., residents at the Good Shepherd Home – Bethlehem will be able to participate in more outings and... read more

Woodstone Country Club Gives Back

July 2012 Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network was presented with a donation of $10,000 from the Greater Woodstone Open, a golf tournament held in June at Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville. More... read more

Raker Memorial Awards Honor Those Who Give Back

The 27th Annual Raker Memorial Awards were held on Thursday, June 14, at Grace Lutheran Church in Allentown. Local dignitaries, philanthropists and members of the community gathered to help Good... read more

Project SEARCH, Project Proud

Eight proud students from Project SEARCH graduated on Wednesday, June 13, in a joy-filled ceremony held at the Conrad W. Raker Center at the Good Shepherd Home in Allentown. Good Shepherd is a proud... read more

Grateful Parents Host Fund Raiser

Grateful for the wonderful care their daughter received at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit, parents Tony and Diane Fragnito of Coplay raised $1,220 at a fund raiser held at... read more

Thank You Wells Fargo!

Cynthia Garcia, assistant vice president and personal banker at Wells Fargo, had lots to smile about when she visited Good Shepherd's outpatient pediatric program to award a $15,000 grant. Funds... read more

Gala in the Garden Raises $260,000

June 2012 It couldn't have been any better. Good Shepherd's annual Gala in the Garden on Saturday, June 9, was a resounding success, raising $260,000 for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network... read more

Sporting Clays Raises Nearly $35,000

May 2012 The 18th Annual Conrad W. Sporting Clays Invitational was held on Friday, May 11, at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay. Nearly $35,000 was raised with proceeds benefiting the Conrad W... read more

Iron Pigs Thrill Kids at Pediatric Unit

April 2012 Some members of the Iron Pigs baseball team in Allentown paid a visit to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit for a game of wiffle ball and to sign autographs. Check... read more

Antiques Show Raises Money for Kids

A portion of ticket sales from The Antique City Fun Fair resulted in a $3,100 donation to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit from event organizers. The show, billed as "The... read more

Physician Room Dedication Honors a Beloved Friend

April 2012 On Saturday, April 14, family, friends and donors gathered at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem to dedicate a physician exam room in tribute to the... read more

Board Member Honored

April 2012  Good Shepherd Board of Trustees member Dan Wilson, PhD, was honored at the annual Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Day luncheon held on April 20 at Green Pond Country Club.  Dan was ... read more

Teeing Off For a Good Cause

April 2012 The Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund is holding a series of golf outings to help purchase gas gift cards from Giant Foods for families who need help covering transportation costs to get... read more

He Named That Bug

April 2012 Eight-year-old Colin Homschek, a second grader from Shawnee Elementary School in Easton, Pa., emerged from a field of 1,600 contestants from throughout the Lehigh Valley to win the... read more

Millers Named 2012 Gala Co-Chairs

James H. Miller, chairman and chief executive officer of PPL Corporation, and his wife Gail, will serve as chairs for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s 2012 Gala in the Garden. The annual gala... read more

MS Gift Benefits Wellness Program

October 2011 Read how this generous grant will benefit this growing program. read more

Cohen & Feeley Foundation Makes Generous Gift To Support Groups

June 16, 2011 Ken Ryno of Kunkletown remembers well the motorcycle accident in 1979 that nearly killed him. “They didn’t think I’d make it through the night,” he says. Ken, who suffered a spinal... read more

Funding in Action

Carol Henn, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF), hears a lot of good things in the course of work. But something really special came out of a visit to Good Shepherd... read more

Auto Dealers Big Gift Helps Kids in a Big Way

March 2012 For the third consecutive year, the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association (GLVADA) donated $25,000 to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem.... read more

Ice Hockey Club Donates iPads

The Bethlehem Blast, a youth ice hockey club based in the Lehigh Valley, recently donated two Apple iPads to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit. The iPads will be used to... read more

Good Shepherd's Pediatric Program Receives Grant from Verizon Foundation

ALLENTOWN, PA – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Pediatric Program recently received a $5,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. The grant will be used to improve access to healthcare for more... read more

Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation Grant Helps Meet a Growing Need

The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation made a $15,000 gift to Good Shepherd’s Children with Disabilities Program, helping the organization expand clinical space and services needed to meet a growing... read more

Trexler Trust Gift Benefits Children

The Harry C. Trexler Trust recently contributed $25,000 to Good Shepherd’s Children with Disabilities Program. In 2010, this regionally unique outpatient program served more than 3,000 children ages... read more

Good Shepherd Dedicates Dornsife Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Suite

New Space Will Help Provide Up to 12,000 Therapy Visits Annually Allentown, PA – Long-standing family connections and a historic commitment to children’s health came together once again Friday as... read more

Local Philanthropists Receive Good Shepherd's Raker Memorial Awards

Jill and Al Douglass, The Rev. Charles Fair and Donna Marie Garze Honored Allentown, PA – The 26th annual Raker Memorial Awards were given on February 17, 2011, to Jill and Al Douglass of Allentown... read more