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About Us

Our Mission

Shepherd’s Foundation focuses on Christ-centric, socially relevant, measurable, sustainable, and reproducible mission projects that have lasting transformational effects on individuals and partner communities in Ukraine.

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What We Do

Our Ministry Focus

Four season camps and retreats

Camp Maximum offers year round opportunities for camping and retreats. These escapes from the pressures of the world  provide enriching experiences for children and adults both individually and as families. Our welcoming space offers a chance to pray and reflect, fellowship with others and worship. We are also committed to identifying and developing strong Christian leaders in Ukraine through the camping experience.

Special needs and social inclusion

We support the inclusion of people with special needs into all spheres of Ukrainian life.  Shepherd’s Foundation and Camp Maximum have been pioneers in developing focused camps for special needs kids and families. Our extreme activities have been modified for the special needs children, and our team works hard to minister to the parents and caregivers who often are neglected. Shepherd’s Foundation also continues to support Foster Families, a program where orphaned children are integrated into supportive Christian families.

Combat war veterans

Ukraine was attacked by Russia in 2014. We support war veterans and their families providing rehabilitation, education and life transformation programs through outdoor adventure and family retreats. We partner with military service and chaplain organizations in Ukraine, US and internationally.

 Education

We develop educational partnerships from elementary school to university, connect professionals, support faculty exchanges and offer internship opportunities.  Our commitment to education is an essential part of every Shepherd’s Foundation/ Camp Maximum outreach.

Sports

We engage Christian coaches and sport enthusiasts in multi-sport events in Ukraine. We operate infrastructure that is uniquely positioned to serve international organizations like FCA in reaching coaches and athletes for Christ in Ukraine.

Partners And Friends

Our Ministry needs in Ukraine

Priorities for 2020 - 2021

Goal: $350 000

51%

Phase 1: All-season multipurpose building

After 4 years of active growth, Camp Maximum is expanding its programming to non-summer months. This new construction project will provide campers with a kitchen, dining hall, indoor worship center and additional spaces for indoor activities.

This is an essential need that will support the continuity and growth of Camp Maximum. Construction of phase 1 is planned for 2021.

Goal: $35 000

24%

New Accessible playground

An accessible playground is needed to expand our programming activities for families with special needs kids. Four years ago we built the first Extreme Activities park in Ukraine that is accessible to campers with special needs. This new project will add accessible activities for younger campers.

Goal: $20 000

3%

Send a camper to camp

Donate to the camper “scholarship” fund.

Donations are used to partially or fully subsidize the cost of attending a program at Camp Maximum.

Since 2016, our fund provided over $60 000 in financial aid to orphans, foster families, families in Church ministry, people with special needs, war-affected individuals, and other groups.

Help more campers experience quality Christian camping!

Goal: $20 000

3%

Overheads

Shepherd’s Foundations is an all-volunteer organization where each team member takes responsibility to cover their own cost of mission work.

However, there are overhead costs such as printing, mailings, calls, marketing, transaction fees, and other miscellaneous costs that add up proportionally to the pace of ministry growth in Ukraine.

Our estimated mission projects’ overhead comprises up to 10% of every dollar spent on the mission work of the Shepherd’s Foundation.

This is the least exciting category of giving, yet a very critical one.

Goal: $31000

0%

Bobcat Toolcat 5600

With expanding territory and facilities to maintain, Camp Maximum is in urgent need of a utility work machine in new or good used condition. Donating a vehicle is simple and all donations are tax-deductible. If you have any questions please contact us.

Goal: $9 000

0%

Lawn tractor

Territory of Camp Maximum is close to 20 acres and soon will increase to 45. Our team in Ukraine needs a lawn tractor to reduce the increasing manual labor workload.

Goal: $5 000

50%

Sports equipment

We use sports equipment extensively. Over time it requires replacement. Support our Sports ministry by donating funds or by contributing new or used-in-good-condition sports equipment for soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, disk golf, wrestling, mini-golf.

Goal: donation

0%

Classic American School Bus

Camp Maximum is looking for a classic American yellow school bus with less than 100,000 miles to meet our programming needs and spice up our ministry to churches and schools in central Ukraine. We are praying for a vehicle in good working order. Donating a vehicle is simple and all donations are tax deductible. If you have any questions please contact us.

Testimonial

What People Say

This was my first trip to Ukraine! Wonderful time traveling to Europe, learning new cultures, traditions, serving together with people from other parts of the world and being able to share faith with campers and staff at Camp Maximum. Time I will never forget! The mission ended up being better than I could have envisioned! A very memorable professional and spiritual journey for me!

Elena EvansVolunteer

I traveled to Ukraine to help develop programing and processes for the new Christian Camp site the local team was just starting to build. I lived and served in Zolotonosha for six months! A rewarding experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. This was not easy, but I would definitely do it again. Love Ukraine and my dear friends in Zolo!

Ashley "Ash" LapentaPrograms coordinator | volunteer

I literally could not be happier that I chose to travel on a mission with the Shepherd's Foundation! Through serving and sharing my faith in Ukraine I discovered deeper relationships and a sense of God's presence in my life. This is something you only come to understand when you serve abroad.

Kyle FreedVolunteer

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