Six Steps to Self-Sufficiency from the Good Shepherd Alliance

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Good Shepherd Alliance

As co-founder of the Linked Economic Development and Affordable Housing Foundation (LEDAHF), Richard deGorter has been a leading figure in guiding the non-profit organization’s work to improve low-income housing and stimulate economic development through strategic partnerships with several universities. Through LEDAHF, Richard deGorter has also supported charitable organizations such as the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and the Good Shepherd Alliance (GSA), the latter of which provides resources for homeless individuals and families in the Ashburn, Virginia, area.

The Shepherd Alliance utilizes a six-step approach to addressing homeless in the community. First, the organization provides emergency services that may include counseling, medical care, or substance abuse treatment. Then, trained GSA case managers work with individuals to develop life skills and address issues such as transportation that can be obstacles to self-sufficiency.

GSA staff members also help clients attain job training and placement and offer financial guidance that allows them to move towards independence. Finally, individuals find permanent housing and develop a long-term financial plan they can maintain once they leave the program.