Service Opportunities

Bread for All/Austin City Lutherans/Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
This pantry distributes food Mondays from 5:30-8:30 PM exclusively to residents in the 78741 zip code (IH35 to Bastrop Highway and Cesar Chavez to Hwy 290). All funding is by donations and volunteers are needed for administration, preparation and distribution on a regular basis. To volunteer, contact Lanet Degerath at 512-289-5071.

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB)
Founded in 1982, CAFB is the largest hunger relief charity in Central Texas providing an average 24 million pounds of food and grocery products annually for emergency feeding assistance in 21 counties in Central Texas through a network of 300 partner food programs. This includes surplus food from various food companies and grocery stores that might otherwise be wasted. Their mission is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger in Central Texas.

Caritas of Austin

Cartias serves approximately 200,000 individuals (men, women and children) in Travis County each year who are working-poor, homeless, at-risk veterans and documented refugees. They provide food from the community kitchen and food pantry, housing services for people experiencing homelessness, assistance with employment training and job placement and education to improve life skills, financial literacy and job readiness. 90.5% of their budget is used for program expenses.

Charis Ministry of Grace (Haiti mission started in 2011 by Malcolm & Joy Henderson)
Charis mission is to meet the spiritual, educational and physical needs of rural Haitians in order to provide a path to physical self-sufficiency and spiritual freedom through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. SotH provides Bibles in French and other assistance.

Compost Bin
Our compost bin is open for use in the rear parking lot, close to the labyrinth. Acceptable Items: vegetable and fruit peelings, tea bags and coffee grounds, dead flowers and leaves, grass clippings, shredded paper (not glossy) Unacceptable Items: meat, bread, dog and cat waste, big chunky wood, lime, weeds, ash from charcoal or anything non-biodegradable.

Feed My People (through Foundation for the Homeless)
A collaboration of 15 Christian congregations provides breakfast for homeless and working poor at the Methodist Family Center at 13th Street and Lavaca every Tuesday and Thursday. SOTH purchases, prepares and serves each month with a 5th Tuesday (usually 4 times a year). SOTH needs a lead coordinator for this project in 2014.

Guatemala Church (La Virgen Del Rosario)
SOTH has provided support since 2004 with basic needs like seed corn, school supplies and hygiene kits during the annual October visit by SOTH members, traveling at their own expense. We have provided financial support through special offerings to help construct a permanent church building completed in 2013.

Lutheran Campus Ministry at UT, Austin

With our support of LCM, UT students are provided Sunday evening worship services, Wednesday evening dinners, Bible study, intramural sports, global service trips, monthly service projects, retreats and numerous fellowship events. LCM is also a leader in the University Interfaith Council exposing students to positive relationships with Jewish, Muslim and other leaders on campus.

Lutheran World Relief Quilts
Women of SOTH make 120 to 150 quilts a year all with donated fabrics and sheet backings. SOTH purchases the batting to fill the quilts and assists with shipping costs to the distribution center. They are shipped all over the world when disasters occur.

Mission Partners (Iglesia Luterana San Lucas/ELCA in Eagle Pass, TX) and Cristo Rey (a Lutheran mission in Piedras Negras, Mexico)
Children enjoy school supplies in August and gifts at Christmas from SOTH. We have provided financial support for their food bank which serves about 160 families monthly. In turn, San Lucas works with a Lutheran mission just across the Mexican border providing weekly worship service and sharing provisions from the food pantry. Funds are provided for other needs of the 2 churches.

New Life Children’s Center in Lake Canyon, TX

New Life is an affiliate of Lutheran Social Services of the South since 1993, providing a safe haven for more than 2,000 abused, neglected and troubled girls ages 11-17. Each Christmas we provide gifts for 30 girls (in 1 dormitory) and many are provided quilts made by our “Quilt Group” throughout the year. We provide other financial support and items for their Point Reward Store.

Recycle Bin
We invite you to recycle old newspapers, magazines, catalogs and plain and colored paper (no cardboard please). The bin is located on the back side of the property parking lot. Proceeds from the recycle bin benefit our Butterfly Preschool program.


Other Service Projects:
At various times during the year Shepherd of the Hills coordinates and participates in other service projects. Visit our website regularly for an update of these projects.

• Side By Side Kids
• Housing projects
• Christmas families
• School Clothes Drive
• CROP Walk
• SafePlace
September 24, 2017 Butterfly Christian Preschool