Who We Are

In March of 1998, the Shepherd’s Home opened its doors to its first resident and before long, the Home was at capacity. With the generous financial support of donors and the commitment of talented staff and volunteers, the Shepherd’s Home has provided Hope for countless Idaho children and families.

Objectives

  • Provide a safe and loving home to children who are victims of abuse, neglect or crisis.
  • Provide additional programs for our residents to help them adopt healthy habits and be successful.
  • We seek to provide not only temporary shelter, but a new road map for life after residence in the home.

The Shepherd’s Home Board of Directors is united and committed to the common goal of continuing to provide the care and services that the Home has become known for while simultaneously adapting to the changing needs of the communities and families we serve and aggressively planning for ongoing sustainability.

Increasing Need

  • Currently, there are approximately 1350 Idaho children in foster care, from very young children to teenagers. Some need temporary foster homes and are eventually able to return to their birth families.
  • In 2003, Idaho ranked 2nd among all fifty states for the number of substantiated child abuse cases.
  • According to Idaho KidsCount data, the rate of 3 children per 1000 children (ages 0-17) are abused each year with a total of 1,465 children in 2011.
  • In 2011, Idaho had 1,229 children (ages 0-17) in the foster care system.
  • In 2011, Idaho had 9,010 investigations of child abuse of children (ages 0-17) reported.
  • As the Valley County community has experienced rapid growth, the demand for Shepherd’s Home services has increased.
    • Affordable housing has become limited, as has the pool of qualified labor.
    • More families are at-risk, under stress, and in need of assistance.

 

“Though our mission is to serve children, we acknowledge that to adequately do that requires working to some extent with families and communities at large. Through the following objectives, we seek not only to provide children with shelter in the storm, but to stop abusive cycles by working within a wider context.”

Mission Statement


The Shepherd’s Home nurtures children in need by providing a loving family home. We serve children of all ages. Our trained and compassionate team values each child, offers unconditional love, and encourages each child a sense of self-worth. As a result, we play a part in breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect.

Objectives

  • Provide a safe and loving home to children who are victims of abuse, neglect, or crisis.
  • Provide additional programs for our residents to help them adopt healthy habits and be successful.
  • We seek to provide not only temporary shelter but a new road map for life after residence in the home.

The Shepherd’s Home Board of Directors is united and committed to the common goal of continuing to provide the care and services that the Home has become known for while simultaneously adapting to the changing needs of the communities and families we serve and aggressively planning for ongoing sustainability.

Increasing Need

  • During the fiscal year 2018, CFS received a total of 23,599 referrals regarding concerns of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
  • Of the 23,599 referrals, 10,159 were assigned for a safety assessment.  From those assessments, 1,374 children were placed in foster care.
  • The number of children in foster care in Idaho in 2018, counted on June 30th of each year, was 2,936
  • As the Valley County community has experienced rapid growth, the demand for Shepherd’s Home services has increased.
    • Affordable housing is still limited, as is the pool of qualified labor.
    • More families are at-risk, under stress, and in need of assistance.

Though our mission is to serve children, we acknowledge that to adequately do that requires working to some extent with families and communities at large. Through the following objectives, we seek not only to provide children with shelter in the storm, but to stop abusive cycles by working within a wider context.

Testimonials

My name is Jacob Kautz and I had the privilege of living in the Shepherd's Home during the school year of 1999-2000. Although my stay was short, the experience has stayed with me in my heart and thoughts ever since. I was not abused, nor was I neglected, but instead more of a “ trouble child”. I grew up in nearby Weiser where I had grown up not knowing what it was like to live in a home or community where people actually cared about their children and instead walked around with a sort of chip on my shoulder. After being kicked out of school in Weiser I finished up my freshman year at McCall-Donnelly while living with my uncle. After he had moved, I searched around for somewhere to stay so that I could finish school when Mrs. Fitzgerald (local teacher/family friend) had introduced me to the Shepherd's Home. They cared so much about children that they even gave this trouble maker a second chance just to keep a child in school. Everything from: helping with school work, instilling family values, introducing me to church, showing what it’s like to have a home cooked meal, to even the comforts of the Kunkel family singing us to sleep - they did it all. And the children who got to experience that little bit of a “normal” family could never be more thankful. Since then I have enlisted into the United States Air Force and am serving at Fort Meade in Maryland and currently hold a Top Secret Clearance. I am married to a great woman named Shelby Lynn (24) and have a beautiful little boy named Lawson Ashton (17 months) and if it was not for the Shepherd's Home and the community of McCall, Idaho I wouldn’t be where I am today. To the town of McCall, schools, and most important

Jacob Kautz
Previous Resident of the Shepherd’s Home

The Shepherds Home is a valuable resource in Valley County for the benefit and emergency welfare of the youth. More than once, the Shepherds Home has provided temporary or long term emergency housing for the at risk youth who have entered into the Court system. The Shepherds Home has graciously provided their services, with no hesitation to accommodate. The Court believes the Shepherds Home to be a partner in the goal of improving the overall circumstances for youth in the community.

Chris Anderson
Valley County Court Services
Juvenile Probation Officer