This year, The House of the Good Shepherd proudly celebrates its 150-year anniversary since its founding as "a home for friendless, neglected and destitute children." HGS will host a series of events throughout the year designed to commemorate the past while looking forward to future growth and opportunities.

"For 150 years, The House of Good Shepherd has been a beacon of hope touching the lives of tens of thousands of people for several generations," said Brian McKee, CEO of HGS. "This commemoration also presents a key opportunity to launch the organization into the next 150 years through continued focus on community impact and the evolution of our strategic vision."

Then and Now

In the winter of 1872, Charlotte Beckwith Crouse, Laura Beckwith Hutchinson, Mrs. James Watson Williams, Mary Wetmore, and the Trinity Episcopal Church members gathered together to establish a sanctuary for children to be called The House of the Good Shepherd.

Today, HGS currently provides foster care and community-based services to more than 500 children and their families in Oneida and Jefferson Counties. The organization also administers residential services with a special education school on its Utica campus. In 2021, HGS assisted 945 children with a team of 360 people dedicated to the mission of changing children's lives.

While the programs and services have evolved from the early days, HGS has remained steadfast in its commitment to providing comprehensive support to children in a safe and nurturing environment that enables them to learn and grow.

During this Anniversary Year

As HGS kicks off its 150th year, the organization is planning several events:

  • Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting – May 12 at HGS Foster Care & Preventive Services, 17 Herkimer Road, Utica, NY
  • Golf Tournament – June 27 at the Yahnundasis Golf Club, New Hartford, NY
  • 150th Gala Celebration & Virtual Auction – August 26 at the Yahnundasis Golf Club, New Hartford, NY

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