a new chapter
Shepherd’s Hand Clinic was founded in 1995 by Jay and Meg Erickson out of a desire to provide medical care to those in the Flathead Valley who were unable to access care. For the last twenty plus years it has proved a safety net for those who are struggling, a safe place where people are valued and respected. Shepherd’s Hand has become a model of service, volunteerism and caring. It is a place of HOPE that BUILDS COMMUNITY and CHANGES LIVES.
We are grateful for the vision, leadership and hard work Meg and Jay have given to establish and nurture Shepherd’s Hand over the past two decades. Effective March 1 of this year Meg will step down from her leadership position as Executive Director. Under her leadership Shepherd’s Hand has grown to include a weekly community meal, wellness, behavioral health and dental services. She will be greatly missed by the hundreds of volunteers who have served alongside her since the inception of Shepherd's Hand; but, most importantly, Meg will be missed by the thousands of patients whose lives she has impacted both as a caregiver and through her vision of creating a safe place where people are valued and supported as they work through difficult challenges in their lives.
That vision will live on through the work of Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic which continues to be a vital resource for those in our valley who find themselves in need. Shepherd’s Hand is actively pursuing a search for a new Executive Director who can provide strong and dynamic leadership for this new chapter.
We are writing to you with hearts full of gratitude for your amazing support of Shepherd’s Hand these past 21 years. After much prayer and reflection we have come to the realization that it is time for us to step down from our leadership roles at Shepherd’s Hand. As you can imagine it is difficult to let go of something that has been so meaningful and gratifying. There are no words to express how much your partnership and support have meant to us.
We, as an organization, have been working intentionally toward this day for the last several years bringing a dedicated and talented staff on board, strengthening our Board of Directors and working toward financial sustainability. We leave confident that Shepherd’s Hand is in good hands.
Effective October 1, 2016 Jay stepped down from his role as Co-Medical Director. He will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as well as volunteer on a monthly basis as a medical provider. Kathy Neff, MD, and David Keim, DDS, will continue their leadership roles as Medical Director and Dental Director respectively.Effective March 1, 2017 Meg will step down from her role as Executive Director.
On a personal note we ask that you continue to support Shepherd’s Hand it whatever way God is leading you. We are living in very uncertain times with regard to healthcare which can lead to much disagreement and anxiety. We ask that you keep in mind those in our midst whose options to access the care they need are limited. Our prayer is that as a community we will continue to have a soft heart and a generous spirit toward those who need our help.
With much affection and prayers for God to bless each of you to overflowing!
Meg and Jay Erickson, Co-Founders of Shepherd’s Hand