It’s a legacy of courage and caregivers. The Raker Legacy: The Good Shepherd Story shows how persevering spirits and relentless encouragement work wonders.
The Good Shepherd Story also illustrates how caregivers using leading edge rehabilitation technology help improve each patient’s condition. The first chapter begins in 1908 with the Reverend John “Papa” Raker and his vision of a home for those without a home – crippled orphans, the aged and sometimes, for those simply in need.
Good Shepherd was founded on what the Rakers’ refer to as, “faith and fifty cents.”
The family and their many supporters scaled overwhelming obstacles to help life’s most vulnerable people. When Papa Raker died in 1941 his son, the Reverend Dr. Conrad Raker, took over.
From its humble beginning as a little home for children with disabilities, orphans and the elderly, through its evolution as one of the nation’s major rehabilitation centers, Good Shepherd has been turning tragedy into triumph for over 100 years.
While the Good Shepherd story advances along with medical science, it will always remain an inspiration and a true testament to how far you can go on fifty cents – and a whole lot of faith.