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The Shepherd's Table, Inc.

Together Meeting Needs, Saving Lives

aka Shepherd's Table   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  http://www.shepherdstable.org

Mission

Shepherd's Table is a nonprofit organization in downtown Silver Spring, supported by volunteers, religious organizations, government, businesses, foundations, and individual donors. Our mission is to provide help to people who are homeless or in need by providing basic services, including meals, social services, information and referral, medical support, clothing, and other assistance in an effective and compassionate manner.

Notes from the nonprofit

Shepherd's Table is currently in the process of strategic planning for the next three years.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Mr. Manny Hidalgo

Main address

8106 Georgia Avenue

Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA

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EIN

52-1381738

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Shepherd's Table aims to address the issue of homelessness, poverty and food insecurity in Montgomery County. Despite being located in an affluent county, there are many individuals in need, and we are a critical resource that provides assistance, advice, services, and more, to anyone in need of assistance. We help individuals on their journey to independence, self sufficiency, and housing.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Eye Clinic

The Eye Clinic at Shepherd's Table is the only free Eye Clinic in Montgomery County, providing professional eye care to adults who lack insurance and meet an income eligibility requirement. Patients receive a free eye exam and field vision screening. If needed, prescription glasses are given free of charge. For those who need speciality care, patients are referred to the specialist, and the services are offered with no charge.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Food Service program provides breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week and brunch and dinner on the weekends. We also started a new mobile meals program, Beyond the Table, that provides meals for families in two different locations. The food services program is at the core of our mission, and we have not missed a meal service since we were founded in 1983. To date, we have provided almost 2 million meals to people in need.

This amazing feat occurs as a result of a strong partnership of volunteers, financial donors, in-kind donors, and staff. Many groups who serve the dinner meal have been volunteering with us for many years, some since we opened our doors. We partner with local supermarkets, restaurants, farmer's markets and food providers to ensure that healthy fresh food is available to our meal guests. Our experienced chefs always prepare delicious, nutritious meals that promote our guests' overall wellbeing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide vouchers for use at a local pharmacy for individuals that require assistance paying for prescription medications.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide clothing for individuals on a weekly basis. Guests get access to seasonally appropriate, good quality clothing for themselves and their families. The items we have range from casual clothes, shoes and accessories, to professional attire and winter essentials such as blankets, thermals, jackets, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Resource Center is an important part of our services, as people can access various social services from this office. People can come to the center to receive information/referral, check their mail, use the telephone, get toiletries, transportation assistance, and much more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce 2021

Nonprofit Montgomery 2021

Montgomery County Continuum of Care 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families

Related Program

Food Services Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Resource Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

These are the unduplicated individuals served in our Resource Center alone. The numbers have grown the last few years.

Number of new clients within the past 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Resource Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This is the number of new individuals that accessed services in our Resource Center

Number of eye exams provided in the Eye Clinic

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, People with vision impairments

Related Program

Eye Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Eye Clinic provides free eye exams, prescription glasses if needed, as well as referrals. In late 2019, we added glaucoma and cataract treatment.

Number of prescriptions filled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Prescription Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We provide vouchers to pay for prescription medicines, and cover costs for other necessary medications.

Number of clothes closet shopping instances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Clothes Closet

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

When we moved into the new facility, our new clothes closet was smaller, so we are serving less individuals per week, but still meeting their needs.

Number of pieces of mail received for clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Related Program

Resource Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Hundreds of individuals use our address as their mailing address, especially if they are homeless, living on a friend's couch, or staying in and out of various shelters.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to meet the basic needs of every individual that comes to us for assistance, in their greatest time of need. We provide multiple nutritious meals a day to address the issue of hunger and food insecurity. We provide clothing to individuals in need of clean, seasonally appropriate clothing; vision care to individuals in need; prescription assistance to enable guests to maintain their health; and various social services to enable individuals to take steps towards addressing their challenges, no matter what they are, or how long it may take. We have not closed our doors on any day since 1983, and we are committed to remaining open as long as our services are required in the community.

We are a low-barrier organization, which means that we try our best to feed and engage with everyone who walks through our doors. We have a dedicated staff, volunteer, and donor base that ensures that our clients have the information or resources they might need on a daily basis. Our programs are regularly adapted to better meet the needs of those we serve, and we have walked alongside thousands of individuals on their journey from homelessness and poverty to more stability and self-sufficiency in their lives.

Shepherd's Table has been serving this community for 40 years, and we have developed strong programs that have evolved with the community and people that we serve daily. We have a capable and passionate staff that understands the needs of those we serve, and we also receive incredible support from our larger community through their financial, in-kind, or gifts of time in the form of volunteer support. Together, we work to strengthen Shepherd's Table's capabilities of serving its clients effectively and with great compassion.

Our Food Service Program is the core of our mission and the most extensive program at Shepherd’s Table. We have three programs within our Food Services Programs. Operating from our primary site at Progress Place, our Daily Meals Program provides three nutritious meals Monday through Friday and brunch and dinner on weekends and holidays. We are the only food provider that serves hot meals daily in the area. While our primary service, the Daily Meals Program, has been around since our founding, our mobile meals services Beyond the Table launched full-time in November 2020. Beyond the Table was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and designed to primarily serve highly low-income families with school-aged children, most of whom have roofs over their heads but struggle to pay bills and feed their families. Through Beyond the Table, we deliver and distribute nutritious meals five nights a week to neighboring communities experiencing high rates of food insecurity. We allocate fully prepared dinners on a first come, first served basis at Parkland Middle School and Riverdale Elementary School, two schools in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. We are committed to meeting our community’s needs with the ongoing inflation and food price rise.

Through conversations with community partners, we have found a dire need for food for children during the summer. Shepherd’s Table partnered with Horizons Greater Washington in 2022 by expanding our Beyond the Table program to provide free nutritious lunches for summer program participants ages 5-15. Horizons works with underprivileged children across the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area to inspire their minds, build community, and positively impact the lives of our community’s youth. In 2022, Shepherd’s Table provided Horizons Greater Washington summer program with over 3,300 nutritious lunches to 133 students. Considering the success of this collaboration, Shepherd’s Table and Horizon’s Greater Washington expanded our partnership to serve three additional locations in 2023. The program served over 10,000 lunches to students at the Norwood School in Bethesda, MD, the Maret School, and the St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC. Our collaboration with Horizon’s Greater Washington represents a desire to create and serve culturally diverse, nutritious, sustainable, and inclusive lunches and snacks for children from low-income households.  

With efforts to supplement ingredients for our kitchen, in 2020, our staff created the Urban Garden. Located in our backyard, we can grow herbs for our exquisite meals. With nine sizeable in-ground garden beds, a dozen tables, and even more containers, we can grow herbs, peppers, vegetables, and crops for our kitchen every season. Our Food Service Programs have made a distinct impact in our community over the years. In 2022, Shepherd’s Table served 136,234 meals to the most vulnerable in our community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Shepherd's Table, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Torey Carter-Conneen

Laura Henderson

Paul Kaplun

Venable

Deborah Magidson

GEICO

Farah Nageer-Kanthor

Edward Phoebus

Helaine Resnick

Heidi Weber

Chaz D. Brooks

Sonya Snedecor

David Airozo

Dean Cooper

Ken Farber

Amber Harris

Steven Jacobs

Debra Liang-Fenton

Suzanne Mintz

Fred Seo

Ann Marie Staudenmaier

Heather Tinsely

Lene Tsegaye

Hillery Tsumba

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/30/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/30/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.