"We're all born with the ability to be a 'Good Shepherd' but far too often we keep ourselves from becoming that truly good person."
There was a point in time in Sean Sheppard's life when he literally thought leaving the house was the worst part of his day. "I was in an extremely negative place in my life" says Sean, "I spent most of my time focusing on what I didn't have and those thoughts made me a very surly person that didn't want to be around 99% of the people I came across." Today, Sheppard and his nonprofit organization, Embrace, have received awards and formal recognition from elected officials throughout the state of California for HIS WORK serving civilians and veterans in need, and more importantly, leading young people to become active in serving their community. He spends a majority of his time in the public eye leading, speaking, serving, loving, laughing and is surrounded by young adults in college who follow his leadership. What brought about the 180 degree shift? As Sean bluntly puts it, "God changed my heart."
As an only child who was accustomed to focusing on himself and his own needs, Sean spent his high school (Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, NJ Class of 1986), college (Georgetown University, Class of 1990) and graduate school years (San Diego State University, Class of 1995) focusing on 3 things: Me, myself and I. "Drinking, lying and womanizing won't make your parents proud, but that's exactly what my friends and I were doing - as much as possible" admitted Sean. "I smoked pot, sold pot and partied - pretty 'normal' stuff, really. Most people, myself included, thought I was a pretty good person compared to a lot of other people. Problem is, my definition and most people's of a good person, and God's definition, are light years apart." A Good Shepherd? Hardly.
Embrace (www.Embrace1.org), Sean's brainchild, had about $200 to its name when he began serving the homeless on his own time. He decided, through advice from an advesary of all people, to make homeless outreach a service that Embrace offered to the San Diego community. States Sheppard, "Since bringing people from diverse walks of life together to serve those in need is our mission, making homeless outreach an Embrace program made sense to me. I knew I could serve more people in need if I could get other people to join me. What's unfolded over the last 3 years has been, in a word, amazing."
What has unfolded is Sean and thousands of Embrace college student volunteers providing hundreds of thousands of community service hours not just to the homeless population, but to low income children and low income and disabled veterans as well. He has created, with the help of a core group of college student volunteers, several Embrace programs that have received formal awards from elected officials and veteran groups for the impact they've made on less fortunate members of the community.
September 13, 2012
01: Ben Bernanke has pulled another rabbit out of his hat and gone where no man has gone before!
The Federal Reserve has just announced they will start buying $40 billion of mortgages per month until policy makers are satisfied that the economy has \"improved\". As an investor, you need to take a stand in what you believe as to the outcome of the Feds latest scheme and be sure that your portfolio reflects your beliefs.
02: The Federal Reserve claims that lower rates will be the magic solution to our slugish economy, really???
On the surface, the Fed claims that by buying mortgage backed securities, it will help stimulate the economy by lowering mortgage rates. If that were true, wouldn\'t we already be in a raging recovery? Tune in to find out why the Fed is REALLY buying mortgage bonds and who will benefit.
03: Teaching college students and young adults how to team together to solve problems and improve the lives of Veterans, the homeless and children in need
Sean Sheppard, CEO and founder of the non-profit organization Embrace, joins the show to talk about his how he created one of the largest homeless outreach services in San Diego county with help from Generation Y.
04: A new approach to philanthropy that\'s not just about money
By encouraging college students and young adults to serve their community, Sean Sheppard and many of his volunteers have provided hundreds of thousands of community service hours, not just to the homeless population, but to low income children and disabled veterans as well. Tune in to hear Sean’s amazing story!