As Chief Residential Officer, Lauren Shepherd oversees the services provided at both our New Braunfels and Bulverde locations to include the Emergency Shelter, Survivors of Child Sex Trafficking, Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers and their babies, and Therapeutic Residential Foster Care. While living in one of our residential programs, the youth are encouraged to participate in age appropriate activities such as school, extracurricular activities, social engagements and other therapeutically enriched activities. It is through her wide range of experiences at SJRC Texas that Lauren has honed her skills in developing successful teams that are capable of caring for some of the most at-risk populations in the state of Texas.
Lauren is so proud to have served the youth at SJRC Texas for over 10 years in various leadership roles. After an internship in college, Lauren was offered a direct care position at the New Braunfels location. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies her intent was to work in the Social Gerontology field but after starting with SJRC she fell in love with the child welfare field and never looked back. Lauren holds her license as a Child Care Administrator with the Department of Family and Protective Services and is proud to be a Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Educator through the TCU Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development.
It is Lauren’s innermost belief that as children in the custody of the State, our youth are not here because of bad behavior, they are here because raising a child is hard under the best circumstances and, without the essential support system, many families simply cannot overcome their own personal traumas. Because of this belief, Lauren feels that they deserve every advantage that we can afford them and that it is our responsibility and privilege to guide them through the foster care system and form healthy relationships that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Not a day goes by where Lauren does not feel the weight and magnitude of caring for children that have come from a tragic background. It is this pressure that drives Lauren and her programs towards hope and healing. Lauren and her husband, Ben, have been married and living in the Texas Hill Country for almost a decade and together they have one daughter who is both comically gifted and wise beyond her years.