His Second Home: A Volunteer Thanks Good Shepherd Shelter

Good Shepherd Shelter is very grateful for the Loyola Marymount University students that have volunteered at our school over the years. The service organizations that have chosen Good Shepherd Shelter as their service site have always brought joy, care and love to the children that we serve. We are especially grateful for Brian Infante, a MAGIS man who truly has embodied the Jesuit value, Men For Others. We are especially proud of him for receiving the Riordan Community Service Award from the Riordan Foundation this week.

During the ceremony, Brian recounts what he has learned during his time at Good Shepherd Shelter. He describes moments in the Early Childhood Development Center where the toddlers have taught him language and science with their interactions. Mr. Brian, or Mr. Bian as many call him, has a gentle and free spirited demeanor that has given the children the opportunity to explore and grow. 

Good Shepherd has given me a 2nd home. I’ve fallen in love with the families, staff, and sisters of Good Shepherd Shelter, and I have fallen in love with its mission to end the generational cycle of domestic violence. As Father Pedro Arrupe put it, ‘What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy.’ Thank you Good Shepherd Shelter for allowing me to fall in love, stay in love, and deciding everything that I do based on that unconditional love.
— Brian Infante

What is so incredible about what volunteers are able to witness is the transformation within each child. Each family has different traumas and experience but in the end the change and healing is always the greatest thing to be a part of. The love and joy that is felt at Good Shepherd Shelter gives anyone who enters the property a sense of home, the way it should be- peaceful, safe and loving. 

Thank you Mr. Brian for your service and dedication to the children at Good Shepherd Shelter. 

From Left to Right: Sr. Anne Kelley, Mandy Gibson, Brian Infante and his parents at the award ceremony.

From Left to Right: Sr. Anne Kelley, Mandy Gibson, Brian Infante and his parents at the award ceremony.