Good Shepherd Housing Receives $5,000 Grant from The UPS Foundation

by | Aug 9, 2017

L to R: Erica McCants, Business Development Manager, UPS and David Levine, President/CEO of Good Shepherd Housing

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc. (GSH) received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE: UPS).

The grant will be used toward encouraging GSH clients to save money during their participation in a new financial mentoring program called Changepurse.

This fall, Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc. (GSH) will be kicking off a new financial empowerment program for its clients. The Changepurse program is a tailored financial mentoring program where participants will meet with trained volunteers for one hour each week for eight weeks to discuss attitudes about money and money management skills. As part of the program, participants will be encouraged to save between $25 and $500 over the eight weeks. Thanks to this grant from The UPS Foundation, GSH will be able to match each participant’s savings during the program, up to $500.

“Through our mentoring programs, like Changepurse, one-on-one case management counseling, financial empowerment workshops, and self-directed client support groups, we give our residents the tools they need to improve their self-sufficiency, budgeting skills, and progress toward housing stability,” said David Levine, President and CEO of GSH. “This grant from The UPS Foundation supports an innovative mission to encourage clients to save their money for long-term financial security.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.

In 2016, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $116.6 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at To get UPS news direct, visit

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support Good Shepherd Housing’s efforts to give its clients the tools they need to reach financial independence,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

About Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services

Since 1974, GSH has been reducing homelessness and enabling self-sufficiency by providing permanent affordable housing, emergency financial services, budget counseling and case management to working-class families in Fairfax County. Earning numerous accolades for their work, GSH received the 2013 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, and was named one of the best nonprofits by the 2014-2015 Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy.