Denton County operation provides help to families for 26 years

Denton County operation provides help to families for 26 years

April 23
00:21 2014

Alexis Wand // Contributing Writer

The metal building, tucked away on the side of Highway 377 in the heart of Pilot Point, houses an organization that provided more than 7,000 people with food, clothes, medicine and encouragement last year.

The Shepherd’s Storehouse began as a movement to help people in need throughout Denton County. Now the operation has become a community project that continues to serve more than 176 families each month.

“It’s really all about helping people,” founder and director Luther Slay said.  He and 50 volunteers take turns running the operation.

The plain structure is made up of four large rooms and two office spaces. The white walls are covered with fliers and information designed to help individuals get back on their feet.

Besides providing clothing and food to families in need, Shepherd’s Storehouse also assists with paying utilities, filling prescriptions and helping to provide overnight lodging. Diane Butz, a volunteer who works with the individuals, said she wants the organization to grow and to provide more services.

“It’s wonderful what we’re doing here,” Butz said. “I wish we could do more.”

The 26-year-old Shepherd’s Storehouse receives funds from churches and individual donors. Slay said it has never had a fundraiser to bring in money or products, nor sought government funding.

Slay said he enjoys seeing clients turn their lives around after receiving the services.

“They are doing well enough now that they can return the help that we provided them,” Slay said.

Katie Payne, a St. Mary’s Law School student who grew up in Pilot Point, said her family has donated money and supplies to the organization over the last five years.

“I see people struggling everywhere I go,” Payne said. “This problem is not going away anytime soon and so my family donates to Shepherd’s Storehouse because it’s a one-stop shop for anyone who needs quick and easy help.”

Shepherd’s Storehouse currently searching for more volunteers so it can extend its hours, and interested parties can contact Luther Slay at 940-686-3014.

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