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Good Shepherd Services

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Information & Referral /
Preventive Services

Good Shepherd Services (GSS) is a leading multi-service organization working to expand opportunity for children, youth, and families in historically disinvested communities in New York City through educational, residential, and child welfare programs. The agency works with over 30,500 participants annually through more than 90 programs grounded in a strength-based youth and family development approach that helps people to build on their strengths and resiliencies. Our mission: Guided by social and racial justice, Good Shepherd Services partners and grows with communities so that all NYC children, youth, and families can succeed and thrive.

Rooted in work begun in New York City in 1857 and incorporated in 1947, GSS in its early years focused on providing residential care to young women who experienced trauma and were not able to live safely at home. Today, the agency is woven into the social fabric of the city, with a century and a half of experience in providing child welfare services in the New York metropolitan area; a nearly 50-year history of successfully bringing needed community-based counseling and school-based resources to children and families; and more than 25 years of experience developing and delivering services to justice-involved youth and their families.  

Employing both preventive and recuperative strategies, we bring our signature youth and family development interventions to two networks of community-based educational support, justice diversion, and family support programs in Brooklyn and the Bronx; family foster care; residential programs for youth in the child welfare and justice systems; and supportive housing for homeless young adults.

The youth and families the agency partners with reside in neighborhoods that struggle with the impacts of a history of systemic policies rooted in racism (such as redlining and segregation), which has resulted in disinvestment in housing, schools, and health services; where too many children and youth do not have access to opportunities that can enable them to achieve long-term success. Through a network of strategically located youth and family development and educational support programs, GSS seeks to address these structural disparities and expand the geography of opportunity in our city.

Need Help?

If you are seeking help, contact us by calling the Catholic Charities Help Line: 888-744-7900 or email us through our contact form.

Agency Information

Michelle Yanche

fax 212-929-3412


Administrative Offices
305 Seventh Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001