“Hogares Luteranos el Buen Pastor” or Good Shepherd Lutheran Homes serves people with disabilities in the Dominican Republic. Too often people with disabilities are marginalized in Dominican society, sometimes with individuals being hidden in the homes of their family for their entire lives, and even more often given over to government wards that are often underfunded and understaffed. This leads to people with disabilities in situations that are miserable, and places where the church and the foundation enter, in order to bring the mercy of Christ to shine on those who most need this attention.

Project: Good Shepherd Lutheran Homes

In fall 2005, two missionaries arrived in Santiago, Dominican Republic, with one contact name in hand. They aimed to plant Lutheran churches inclusive of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This grassroots endeavor resulted in incorporating an NGO, Good Shepherd Lutheran Homes(HLBP), in 2009. 

HLBP models excellent care for people with IDD, and encourages institutional change in governmental facilities throughout the country. Since 2011, six orphans with IDD have received individualized attention at a group home adjacent to the Lutheran mission church in Palmar Arriba.