The History of Good Shepherd in Red Hook

Good Shepherd Services is an organization that helps a lot of young people in Red Hook through various programs today, but it has a history that goes all the way back to the 1940s.

The Good Shepherd Services that has a focus on Red Hook as well as the rest of the city was initially incorporated in 1947. It was started as a residential care program for young women in the city.

“Basically around 1947, we started in New York City with residential programs for young women and within that we were also helping them move forward with their education and then also gain skills,” said Rachel Forsyth, who is the senior division director for partnership schools at Good Shepherd. “At that time it was learning how to sow and do other things that would eventually help lead them to get a job and be a productive member of society.”

Good Shepherd still does residential programming even though that is not what they are known for.

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Source: The Red Hook Star Revue