Church Donation to Support GC Students in Need



Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church recently presented a gift of $5,000 to the Garrett College Students In Need Group (SING) fund, which is managed by the Garrett College Foundation. This gift will enable students in need at Garrett College to obtain clothing and household goods from Christian Crossing Thrift Shop in Loch Lynn Heights and to access public transportation assistance to get to the Thrift Shop. It will also help support stocking the college's food bank for students in need.


The Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church gift to SING was made possible through a grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation to support physical, emotional and spiritual needs in community, according to Church member Barbara Hafer who co-authored the “Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need Grant” along with Lisa Swift, social ministry chair.

Cherie Krug, Executive Director of the Garrett College Foundation, explained that SING was organized my members of the college community in response to the needs of students whose financial aid covers the costs of tuition and books and in some cases books and may leave very little to cover other essential requirements such as food and other household expenses.

A food pantry on campus, stocked with nutritious food items that are made available to students, is operated by SING and coordinated by Autumn Pickett, an AmeriCorps volunteer with A STAR! in Western Maryland serving the GC Foundation. “This grant will allow us to substantially expand our food pantry and its services,” Krug noted.  

Ann Wellham, Dean of Marketing and Enrollment Management, is a member of the SING organization. She also spoke of the benefits this grant will provide. “Our SING group is made up of volunteers from the college community and has been offering limited support to students through donations and fundraising. Partnering with Shepherd of the Hills and the receipt of the Thrivent Financial grant has enabled SING to expand services to our students beyond anything we have been able to do in the past,” she said.

Garrett College President Dr. Richard MacLennan, who accepted the check from the church representatives, thanked them on behalf of SING and the college community. “This very generous gift from the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church to our SING fund is deeply appreciated. Through SING we are able to help our students pursue their studies and not be deterred by financial challenges that might otherwise distract them from completing their education goals. This contribution greatly enhances our ability to assist them,” he said.

Hafer expressed appreciation for the grant which permitted the church to support the SING mission. “We, at Shepherd of the Hills, are so very excited about being awarded the ‘Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need Grant’. It is a ‘Godsend’ to allow our congregation to expand its ability to serve the students in need at Garrett College,” she said.

For information on making a gift to SING one may contact the office of the Garrett College Foundation at 301-387-3131.