The Shepherd’s House in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, bills itself as “a place where you walk through the door of Hope and we help you in restoring hope and rebuilding lives.”
It’s the kind of place that seeks to provide shelter, safety, nourishment, and hope for those who are less fortunate or are going through difficult times in their lives.
On the grounds of the Shepherd’s House there is even a playground for children whose families are staying at the house. Thanks to Eagle Scout hopeful Brandon D., that playground now has a covered bench for parents to sit on and watch their children play.
The Mount Airy News shared the story of how Brandon’s Eagle Scout project came to be and the reasons behind why he chose the Shepherd’s House to work with for his project.
“It’s wonderful,” said Mary Boyles, executive director of the home. “There was no place for parents to sit at the playground. Now there is a place for parents to sit and interact with each other while their kids get to know each other.”
“It just brought me to tears,” Boyles added. “I never had a vision it would turn out so beautiful.”
Brandon’s family played a key role in helping motivate him through Scouting, and family served as an additional reason why he chose to work with Shepherd’s House on his Eagle Scout project.
“A while back my sister had to stay there,” he said. “I wanted to be able to give back to the people who helped her.”
To learn more about how Eagle Scouts improve their communities through projects and other endeavors, check out the Baylor University Study, “Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge.”