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Donor Generosity Funds New Van

Spring 2019

For the 159 residents of the Good Shepherd homes in Allentown and Bethlehem, independence is essential to their quality of life. But what most people take for granted, the ability to pick up and go anywhere at any time, isn’t something our residents are able to do. Safe, reliable transportation for community outings is a necessity, and with so much use, Good Shepherd’s vans eventually need to be replaced. Seeing the need for a new van, a group of our residents’ family members put forth a matching gift challenge with every dollar matched up to $70,000. Thanks to more than 500 donors who rose to the challenge, the money was raised and a beautiful new van was delivered to Good Shepherd just in time for Christmas.

The van accommodates up to four passengers in wheelchairs plus additional passengers in seats. The van will transport residents to all of the activities, family celebrations and events that are so much a part of their independence. Linda Sheets, a resident of the Good Shepherd Home-Raker Center in Allentown, pictured here with fellow resident Brian Wright, already has a trip in mind this summer. “I want to go to the beach,” she says. No doubt the van will get her there in style.

You can support our residents’ independence by making a gift to the Long-Term Care Community Access Fund. Thank you!