The beneficiary for the 2004 Annual DC Betterment Golf Weekend was Good Shepherd Ministries, a faith-based, nondenominational organization based in the inner-city Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. For 20 years, Good Shepherd has provided at-risk youth in this neighborhood with the tools to break out of the cycle of poverty and give back to their community. Its after-school center provides academic tutoring, educational advocacy and life lessons in the afternoon and evening, the hours of greatest risk to children.
Funds raised from the event were earmarked to enable two promising students to attend the center for a full year. Betterment was also able to sponsor a trip for two dozen young adults to a weekend camp that offers a physical ropes course to help build teamwork and community.
In addition, as a result of this alliance, three members of the Betterment network have become active volunteers and mentors to youth participating in the Good Shepherd after-school program.
The Good Shepherd Ministries and Betterment partnership grew out of a close relationship with the Reverend Jim Marsh, a full-time employee of the center. About the partnership with Betterment, Reverend Marsh said, “Betterment has been a blessing to our children, as well as our staff at the teen center. The financial support allowed us to continue to meet the needs of the children in this community, which keeps us as an actively sustaining presence in the Adams Morgan community.
“As a result of the Betterment event, we gained three gifted mentors, and established relationships with a great number of fantastic people.” He continued, “Betterment is a model organization that incorporates the great components of friendship, fun, and easing the burden for folks who need help.”