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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | November 5, 1993
The director of Shepherd's Staff has dreams and visions for the organization that serves the needy, but she also has her feet on the ground.Kathy Brown said the "ecumenical Christian outreach" organization, supported by about 30 Westminster-area churches, can't keep its blessing closet well stocked, its new soup kitchen serving Friday meals and its office solving the problems of impoverished people without helping hands and donations.She plans a fashionable evening fund-raiser at 7 p.m. Monday.
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November 19, 2012
A "Celebration of Junella Spencer's Life," honoring the longtime volunteer who aided Shepherd's Staff and other nonprofits in the county, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Greene Turtle Westminster, 830 Market St., Westminster The restaurant is donating 10 percent of proceeds, and a portion will benefit Shepherd's Staff, the Westminster-based nonprofit that helps families in need with clothing, food and other necessities....
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | December 19, 1993
MarCeilia Somerville of Gamber organized a group at the South Carroll Senior Citizens' Center to collect food and toiletries to give to the needy through Shepherd's Staff, a local Christian ministry. She calls the seniors "South Carroll's angels."Organization's comments: "She's one of those wonderful seniors," said Kathryn Brown, director of Shepherd's Staff. "She's a leader."Ms. Brown said Mrs. Somerville had also worked with a Finksburg seniors group to help Shepherd's Staff when it was founded in 1991.
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November 10, 2012
The Westminster-based outreach center, Shepherd's Staff is sponsoring its annual Call for Coats program continuing through Nov. 16. More than 2,000 coats are expected to be donated, and will be donated to keep families and individuals warm during the cold weather. Coats will be distributed free to county residents by he Shepherd's Staff, 30 Carroll Street, Westminster. the office is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m. (closed Wednesday)
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | September 19, 1994
Walk into the new Shepherd's Staff center and Kathy Brown will curl her hand and say, "Come here."Watch out."She'll have you here working until 10 p.m.," one volunteer warned with a laugh.Ms. Brown, director of the ecumenical crisis center for needy people, is getting her new "house" in order with volunteers, who have caught her energy and enthusiasm."So much room and so many possibilities," she said of the two-story house at 30 Carroll St., Westminster. "We needed a home to enlarge our vision and now we have a place, a home to do it."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | October 7, 1994
How many ministers does it take to bless one bathroom in a mission center? A dozen, all laughing."It's like a fraternity party," said one clergyman in a tight spot between a large old bathtub and the wall. "Let's see how many we can squeeze in."The pastors prayed, "Bathe us with your grace, that our lives may give witness to the goodness of your creation."Kathy Brown, director of the Shepherd's Staff mission for needy people, invited the ministers to join in the blessings for each room before the center reopened yesterday at its new location in Westminster.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | August 13, 1999
Nearly everyone can recall a first day of school, walking into a new classroom dressed in a smart-looking outfit and spiffy shoes and carrying a book bag full of supplies.Shepherd's Staff, an ecumenical ministry to the needy, wants to guarantee those memories for the many children whose parents can't afford the expenses associated with the opening of school.With its fifth annual Back to School program, the Westminster center expects to give away nearly 1,000 school kits and several hundred backpacks.
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November 3, 2002
Historical society's open house slated for Saturday The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold a Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Shriver-Weybright Auditorium. Visitors to the society's office and adjacent auditorium can see the new additions to the auditorium's exhibition gallery, including several tall clocks from the permanent collection. Catherine Baty, curator of collections, recently completed the gallery's new look. She will answer questions and offer tours of the gallery.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | October 24, 2003
Spending a sunny autumn Saturday selling cast-offs from garages, attics and basements might ordinarily hold little appeal for college students, but for the right cause, they will forgo the football game for a yard sale. A group of McDaniel College sophomores spent two days hauling, sorting, pricing and showcasing hundreds of items donated for a yard sale to Shepherd's Staff, an outreach ministry to the needy in Carroll County. They are trying to make a difference. The students are part of the local effort participating in Make a Difference Day, a nationwide movement sponsored by USA Weekend and the Points of Light Foundation that encourages neighbors to help each other.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | October 22, 2004
Among the many flea market vendors on the parking lot at Shepherd's Staff in Westminster tomorrow will be several McDaniel College students with nothing to sell but their labor. About a dozen students have organized Chores for Charity and are offering their time and housekeeping talents for an hourly fee of $5. They plan to turn the fruits of their labor over to the ministry that serves the needy in Carroll County. "We will be hiring ourselves out for a good cause," said Tiffany Mack, a junior from Baltimore.
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July 5, 2011
WESTMINSTER — The past school year may have just ended, but the nonprofit Shepherd's Staff in Westminster is already collecting for its back-to-school outreach program, and is seeking donations of school essentials for Carroll County students in need. School supplies, new backpacks, monetary donations to purchase new shoes, new and nearly new school clothing and new or used books are being accepted through Aug. 15. Donations can be dropped off at The Shepherd's Staff, 30 Carroll St., Westminster.
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July 22, 2007
The Shepherd's Staff, a faith-based nonprofit organization in Westminster, is holding its annual back-to-school program. For the past 10 years, one of The Shepherd's Staff's major community service projects has been to provide children in need with school supplies, shoes, backpacks, clothing and haircut vouchers (while supplies last). Executive Director Kathy Brown said the TownMall of Westminster has placed a Little Red School House in Center Court for anyone to drop off school supplies for the project.
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By DAVID P. GREISMAN and DAVID P. GREISMAN,SUN REPORTER | August 20, 2006
As Hailey and Chelsey Alder ran out the back door of the Shepherd's Staff center in Westminster, they carried new backpacks filled with school supplies. Alongside their mother, Jaymi Bryant, 23, of Union Bridge, the girls entered a large shed and searched through hundreds of pieces of clothing for the four outfits each child could take home for free. Hailey, who is almost 6, and Chelsey, 5, are getting ready to start first grade and kindergarten, respectively, at Elmer A. Wolfe Elementary in Union Bridge.
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July 30, 2006
Sykesville Center to mark two years Carroll Community College's Sykesville Center, located in the Public Safety Education and Training Center, will mark two years of operation this fall. The center offers credit and non-credit courses, conveniently located to residents of southern Carroll County and the community workforce. The center will hold an open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and will accept registration for fall classes on the site. First-time college students will not be able to register at the open house unless they have already completed placement tests and attended a first advising session.
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April 30, 2006
CENTRAL Sandy Mount sets plant sale, flea market Sandy Mount United Methodist Church will hold a Spring Plant Sale and Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 2101 Old Westminster Pike. Flower and vegetable plants and light fare will be sold. Flea market tables are $15. Information: 410-876-1306. Homestead to sell flowers, other plants The Union Mills Homestead will hold its 37th annual flower and plant market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. May 7 at 3311 Littlestown Pike.
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By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | October 30, 2005
When Kathy Brown, director of a Westminster outreach ministry, discovered she was the winner of Carroll County's annual humanitarian award, she deflected applause and credited the hundreds of volunteers who have helped her the past 15 years. The founder of Shepherd's Staff, Brown shared her secrets and recipes for drawing volunteers, whom she called "the heart of any organization," into her many activities. "Soup is my secret," she said. "If you want volunteers, bring them into your home and share a meal with them.
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November 21, 2004
Offices, schools, libraries, landfill to close for holiday Carroll County government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be closed Thursday and open Friday. Carroll County public libraries will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and be closed Thursday and open Friday. Public schools and senior centers will be closed Thursday and Friday. Shepherd's Staff accepting winter coats for needy The Shepherd's Staff ecumenical ministry is holding its Call for Coats program to provide winter coats to needy children and adults in Carroll County.
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By Katie Martin and Katie Martin,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2004
Thirty-four years ago, Arnie Hayes took the stage with an acting group from New Windsor for a production of the British farce See How They Run. Hayes will play the same role, the Rev. Arthur Humphrey, again this weekend as he and eight other actors with the Little Community Theatre put on the production at the Carroll Arts Center on Main Street in Westminster. Proceeds from this weekend's performances will benefit the Shepherd's Staff, a nonprofit outreach and support center in Westminster.
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