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Shepherd’s Home to host 3rd annual banquet

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By PETER SAWYER

 Tuesday night, the Shepherd’s Home will host its 3rd annual banquet at First Baptist Church of Jacksboro. It will be held in the Family Life Center at 6:30 p.m.

“It is an opportunity for people to see what they are giving to,” said Christine Morris, executive director of the Shepherd’s Home.

“I think it gives people an opportunity to better understand and better commit to supporting the Shepherd’s Home,” said Larry Tanis, president of the Board of Directors for the Shepherd’s Home. “It builds an awareness and a commitment.”

The Shepherd’s Home, which has been in operation for three years, is a Christ-centered residential recovery program for women struggling with addiction.

“There just isn’t anywhere like the Shepherd’s Home,” Morris said. “The Shepherd’s Home provides a family-like support for ladies who don’t have the resources to help themselves. They are led to a point where they can make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. We see lives transformed. We see people completely transformed.”

People with little or no hope are offered hope at the Shepherd’s Home, Tanis said.

The annual banquet is one of four fundraisers the Shepherd’s Home participates in each year. Fundraisers such as the annual banquet are important to the Shepherd’s Home ministry. They help raise public awareness and also helps when the Shepherd’s Home applies for grants.

At the annual banquet, there will be music and testimonies from a graduate and a resident from the Shepherd’s Home. Morris and Tanis will speak about the history, progress, needs and mission of the Shepherd’s Home. Attendants will be served a dinner of pork tenderloin, bruschetta chicken, pasta primavera with roasted vegetables, salad, dinner rolls and almond crème cake.

While tickets are free, they are required in order to attend the banquet. Those interested in getting tickets can contact the Shepherd’s Home at 562-0030. Last year, about 200 people attended the banquet. Morris and Tanis expect about 200 people to attend this year.

Those who attend the banquet will have the opportunity to make donations to the Shepherd’s Home. Envelopes and brochures will be left on tables. Those who decide to give can drop their envelopes in a basket on their way out. Because the Shepherd’s Home is a 501-c3 non-profit organization, donations are tax-deductible.

“I hope people will leave with a sense of enjoyment,” Tanis said. “I hope they leave with a commitment for the ministry (of the Shepherd’s Home).”

“I hope (they’re) motivated to support it through prayer, giving and service,” Morris said.