As one of the founders of Buen Pastor Ministries (BPM) 25 years ago, HDC maintains a close relationship of involvement with and support of BPM. BPM’s ministry provides comprehensive early childhood programs for children of migrant workers in an atmosphere that embodies our Good Shepherd—Jesus Christ. When HDC asked BPM’s Executive Director, Sherri Derr, if she would be able to write something about BPM for our readers and supporters, she agreed to do so without any hesitation and contributed the following piece.
Buen Pastor Ministries Inc. is celebrating its’ 25th Anniversary this summer of providing high quality early childhood education programs to the children of Migrant Farm Workers in the Holland/Zeeland area. Each year hundreds of Migrant Workers come to the area to pick blueberries for local farmers. While they are working long hours in the hot summer sun, they need safe place to send their children. Buen Pastor Ministries is the only early childhood migrant program in the community that serves children 2 weeks through 5 years of age.
Our program is located in the basement of Third Reformed Church in Holland and we are blessed to be in such a great facility with people who care about these children and families.
We are hoping to engage more community support of our program so that more people in the community know about Buen Pastor. Although we are primarily a summer program we stay connected with the families we provided care for throughout the year.
A portion of our program is funded through a Head Start grant and the other portion is completely dependent upon grants and private donations/fundraising. In celebration of our 25th Anniversary we are hoping to reach at least 1000 people to donate at least$25.00 in support of our mission.
Buen Pastor Ministries is a not-for-profit 501 c. 3 charitable organization to which donations are tax deductible. If you are interested in finding out more about Buen Pastor Ministries, feel free to contact Sherri Derr or Elvira Garcia at 616- 796-3498.
Please mail donations to Buen Pastor Ministries, Inc., 111 West 13th St., Holland, MI 49423.