Mr. Elam Jewett, the founder of our church was keenly aware, as the plans for construction of the church buildings were made, that Good Shepherd would become a community gathering spot for Parkside residents. To this end, we strive to maintain an active presence in the neighborhood by making our space available to various community groups. Currently, we have six groups who utilize our space on a regular basis:
The Food Bank of WNY serves a coalition of food pantries in the surrounding WNY area. The Food Bank distributes more than 1,246,000 meals a month. Good Shepherd is one of the Food Pantries within the Food Bank’s coalition, serving the 14214 zip code Wednesdays from 10 am-2 pm. You must be registered to receive food. Registration information is available during the pantry hours.
Purportedly the longest running AA meeting in Buffalo is at Good Shepherd on Sunday at 8 pm. Another meeting is held Wednesday evenings at 8 pm.
Offering professional ballet instruction since 2003 we are thrilled to be entering our ninth year of collaboration with the Festival School!
The Parkside Community Association (PCA), a 501c3 not-for-profit, is the largest membership-based community association in the City of Buffalo. Founded in 1963 to fight then-prevalent racist tactics of redlining and blockbusting, it has over the years successfully implemented programs that have contributed to the security and stability of the neighborhood. The PCA prides itself on the economic and ethnic diversity of the residents. PCA holds many programs in our facility.
The mission of Buffalo Girl choir is to provide exceptional music instruction to young women from all social strata culminating in transcendent performances at the highest level of artistic excellence, facilitating their development into self-assured young women. Buffalo Girlchoir rehearses and performs at Church of the Good Shepherd.