Inspiring Stories

Before Dick Cown passed away in February 2015, he shared with us how he researched and wrote "Papa Raker's Dream," a history of Good Shepherd's first 80 years that was published in 1988.
Every family has its own inherited treasures. For some, it can be the simplest of things: a glass vase, as filled with memories as it is with flowers, or it can be the weighty responsibility of carrying on a farming heritage or family business passed on through generations.

In December 2011, Susan Linski, owner of Susan Bella Jewelry in Allentown, donated a portion of her store's sales from a designated week, to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit. Susan, who serves on the Gala in the Garden committee, raised $1,100. Here she shares her reasons for giving back to her community.


My name is Ernesto Perez and I’m 11 years old.  I’m a fifth grader at Roosevelt Elementary School in Allentown. On November 13th, I went on a field trip to visit Good Shepherd’s Health and Technology Center. I was picked because I like to help people who are sick. I would also like to help people who can’t speak and can’t hear. 

On Friday, November 16, 2012, Good Shepherd marked the 10th anniversary of the passing of The Rev. Dr. Conrad Raker, who served as administrator for 39 years, with a memorial service at the Conrad W. Raker Center of the Good Shepherd Home in Allentown. Frank Hyland, vice president, rehabilitation services, worked closely with Dr. Raker for many years and was deeply impacted by his compassion and dedication to serving people with disabilities.


Kim Schaeffer recalls what it was like to watch her father in a life and death struggle with a devastating illness that came out of the blue.

September 2012

I am a member of the Betty White Fan Club and a huge fan of Betty's. When I found out that Betty was coming to Philadelphia on March 17, 2012, I thought that since Allentown was so close, it might be possible for me to go there, even just to get a glimpse of her. I never dreamed that I would meet her in person because tickets were $350 each and that was too much for my budget.