Some photos from the November 18th session of AIL.
The office staff are volunteers. The folks that are the drivers for the Transportation service are volunteers. The Handy Hands folks that provide light maintenance service are volunteers. The folks providing the Grocery Shopping service are volunteers. The teachers in the Adventures in Learning program are volunteers. The master chefs that cook the lunches are volunteers. The Board of Directors are volunteers. The various committees are made up of volunteers. The Chester Baptist Church provides the Adventures in Learning classroom, kitchen and lunch room facilities. Volunteers are the heart of the Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield!
The Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield needs your help. You might like to volunteer to serve on a committee, work in the office, help with lunches or be a driver. You will find the experience of volunteering to be as rewarding and enjoyable to you, as the service you are providing is appreciated and welcomed by those you are serving.
Our Volunteers are the leaders in providing these services for the community of seniors. We believe in individual contact with our clients and take care to provide personal and courteous client services through our volunteers. We listen to our clients and adjust our services as appropriate. We also interact with other senior health organizations both locally and nationally to ensure our services are delivered in the most effective manner.
Our services and programs are provided through partnerships with churches of different faiths, local businesses and individuals. We are in direct contact with the seniors and the faith communities through our quarterly newsletter, our website, our speaker programs and our educational programs as well as local media services. We also rely on client testimonials and referrals to their neighbors and friends to increase our client base and volunteers.
A pool of drivers volunteer their time making it possible to get to medical appointments and grocery shopping for those who do not drive, do not have a car or do not have access to public transportation. Prescriptions can also be picked up on the return trip.
Should you need that ride to the doctor's or for grocery shopping, please call the office at (804) 706-6689 at least four days in advance of the appointment.
The office will schedule a driver. The driver will contact the client to arrange the pickup time, etc.The service is free, however, donations are accepted.
Changing light bulbs, replacing faucet washers, replacing smoke alarm batteries, replacing faulty electrical receptacles, etc. are good descriptions of light maintenance.
We do not provide general contractor services, nor do our volunteers do yard work.
A pool of HandyHands volunteers donate their time to provide this service which is averaging almost 3 calls a week.
If you think HandyHands can help you, please call the office at (804) 706-6689.
The office will schedule a handyman to contact you. From discussions with the you, the handyman will determine the nature of the maintenance and materials required and schedule a time to do the work.
“Adventures in Learning” provides a variety of classes during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms. Senior volunteers, who are very knowledgeable in their subject matter, teach the classes. Topics taught include courses in hobbies, exercise, history, current events, self-defense, plus many others. Some classes meet for only one semester but many last through all three semesters in the year.
Typical classes include Knitting, Guitar, Watercolors, Drawing, and Quilting; Senior Strength Training, and Line Dancing; Civil War, The Thirty Years War, and When Radio Was King; Our World Today, Current Events, Book Discussions and Bible topics.
Most classes are at Chester Baptist Church, 4317 School Street in Chester. Classes meet on Wednesdays beginning at 9:00 a.m.