Current Issue

Spring 2018

Dear Friends,

The world we live in is a noisy one. Every day we are bombarded by a multitude of voices vying for our attention and often our money. So, where do we turn to find the voices worth listening to, the ones reassuring us that our philanthropic gifts are truly well spent?

By Brittney Clouse

Cowboy hats, plaid shirts, denims, boots, and bandanas were all in style at the Boot Scootin’ Boogie Ball for residents of the Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem and their guests on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center.

Thanks to the generosity of donors and seed money from a philanthropic volunteer, Good Shepherd’s long-term care residents will be getting a new van for community outings. We are so grateful to all who supported our fund raising campaign.

Mike Cessnun was in trouble. It was 5 a.m. on January 26, 2012, and he was alone in his Seattle, Washington apartment when he had a stroke. “I couldn’t move my left arm or leg,” says Mike. “My father had a stroke so I kind of recognized the symptoms. I guess I assumed that’s what it was.”

By Chaplain Kelly Brooks

The bad news is Shane Burcaw has spinal muscular atrophy. The good news is the disease has caused him “to be incredibly handsome and intelligent,” and he’s not going to die from it. In fact, Shane is going to live 3,000 years. Well, maybe not that long.

The holidays seem like a distant memory now but what lingers for the Good Shepherd family is the joy from participating in Hands Down St. John Street and Gifts Into Bethlehem. In keeping with long-standing tradition staff, volunteers and family members pass wrapped gifts hand to hand and placed them in Santa sacks for our 159 residents to open on Christmas.

Scott Sarley

Scott Sarley was encouraging to all, enjoyed a good laugh and didn’t let his cerebral palsy change his giving nature and strong sense of self-worth. A resident of the Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem, Scott was first and foremost a son, brother and friend who brought joy to many until his passing on November 20, 2017, at age 38 after a brief illness.