Our Client Testimonials about our mission:
“One of your caring volunteer drivers spent the majority of his day transporting me to Johnston Willis Hospital for two procedures. He patiently waited thru the entire ordeal, including a two-hour delay. I really wanted to thank him for his time and patience.”
“For someone like myself who has no family in the area and whose friends are still working or too far away, this service is a Godsend.”
“Thank you for being a team of such caring people who provide such a wonderful service for seniors. I will be thanking you for the rest of my life.”
“It is comforting to know there is an organization that exists in our area if my mother or I ever find ourselves in the position that we need your services.”
“Thank you so very much for helping me!! May God Bless You All and Keep You!”
“May God richly bless the Staff and Volunteers who with compassionate care who with compassionate care give service to others”
“This has been a blessing for me, the ceiling looks great, the guys were very professional and skilled. Thank you so much!”
“Thank you so much for the recent super support I received from the Shepherd’s Center. It has meant more than I can express. The help has increased the pride I have in my home and the ease with which I function in it. Also, it gave me a boost of energy, encouragement, and confidence to work on other projects with your volunteer Handyhands while they diligently worked on more challenging improvements, including repairing a drawer, a front porch rail, a front porch step, calking, painting, and trimming a shrub. Every day I see these and am reminded of their kindness and yours!”
Long-time Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield Volunteer Driver retires after 15 years!
(Pictured below)Mr. Emory Large, Long-time Volunteer Driver with Mrs. Pamela Crandol, Vice President of The Shepherd’s Center.
CHESTERFIELD, VA —
Mr. Emory Large was recognized for his outstanding contributions, dedication, and resolve. “He is a timeless model of unselfish giving and compassion,” said Susan McCammon, executive director of the Center, in a meeting at his home on Thursday, August 18th. A plaque was presented to Mr. Large by Mrs. Pam Crandol, vice president, expressing the gratefulness of the Board of Trustees and all of our clients. As a volunteer driver, Mr. Large had personally given 250 rides and driven over 5,000 miles using his vehicle, gasoline, and precious time for elderly clients, since August 2007.
For Immediate Release: The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield needs volunteers!
CHESTERFIELD, VA — The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield needs volunteers to transport seniors to urgent medical, dental appointments, and grocery/food pantries shopping, perform handyhand services, serve on the hospitality committee, and teach in our lifelong learning program. Can you help by offering a few hours a week or a month to provide and enrich a senior’s life in our community? Areas in the greatest need of drivers and handyhands are Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Chester, and Hopewell. Adventures in Learning (lifelong learning classes) needs passionate volunteer instructors to teach the following subjects but are not limited to: Art, writing, short stories, drawing, music, dance, strength training, photography, chair yoga, chair tai chi, chair fitness, calligraphy, pickleball, cell phone usage, tablet usage, walking club, and conversation class.
Become a part of this close-knit volunteer community!
Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield’s mission is to enrich the lives of adults 60 and over in Chesterfield County and surrounding communities by offering volunteer opportunities for community service and lifelong learning and helping them remain healthy, active, safe, and independent in their own homes as long as possible.
The Shepherd’s Center’s volunteers carry out this mission by providing:
- Free, accompanied transportation for seniors to their critical medical appointments, for prescription pickup, for food pantries, and grocery shopping
- A minor home repair service called “HandyHands.”
- Because there is more to life than just staying healthy and safe, our seniors volunteer instructors in our 24-week lifelong learning program, Adventures in Learning. This program allows other seniors to continue to engage their minds and stay actively involved in their communities.
Since 2001 our volunteers have driven over 500,000 miles and provided over 25,000 rides to seniors in need in our community.
This past year alone, Shepherd’s Center volunteers:
Provided 1518 free and accompanied rides to medical appointments and grocery shopping.
Made 22 minor home repair visits to help those on fixed incomes and living in their own homes.
They offered 75 educational classes.
They provided 1,000 low-cost lunches to those attending our Luncheon Forum.
For more information about The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield, call 804-706-6689 or visit shepcenter.org.
The 11th Annual Afternoon Tea Party Was a Huge Hit!
Thank you, ABC 8, for helping us get our critical need of Volunteer Drivers out to the community!
Fall 2022 Adventures in Learning (AIL) Session Information
Make it a Zoom!
Our thanks to all of our Shepherd’s Centers, instructors and community partners.
Recognizing that learning technology is not always easy, many great resources on how to join and participate in a Zoom meeting are readily available. Here are a few of our favorites:
Want to know the secret to feel younger? Never stop learning! Join us for new and exciting lifelong classes and fellowship in 2022!
Chesterfield, VA —
Fall Schedule for the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield Adventures in Learning
The program is starting on September 28th!
Tons of courses to choose from in our classes! Take any or ALL for eight weeks and one low price: only $25 for members and $40 for non-members of The Shepherd’s Center.
Choose from, Adventures in Learning Book Club, Tai Chi (Beginner to Advanced Classes), Cornhole, War World I- The Western Front, Acrylic Painting, Beginning Genealogy, Literature Class, Keep Calm & Get Organized, Contemporary Issues Confronting Society, Zoom Training, Heretics in the Early Church, Let’s talk Politics, and Beginning Knitting.
Special One day classes: Chair Yoga, Strength Training, Myths and Legends of Scotland, Things you need to know about fall prevention, Ghosts of Chesterfield County, Heirloom Herbs: History and Folklore, Celtic Weaponry, and Financial Planning.
|Please join us for a fantastic day trip to the Virginia War Memorial. This will be a personalized guided tour by our very own AIL instructor, Mr. Paul Riding. Our outing to the Virginia War Memorial will include an explanation of the various items on display in the McMutrie Grand Lobby and a visit to the American Legion Hall exhibit featuring the Hart collection of arms and uniforms. Then a walk through the Memorial Shrine holds almost 12,000 names of Virginians who made the ultimate sacrifice.|
A short walk to view the James and Civil War Center and to the Shrine of Memory for the War on Terror. Back inside to visit the Medal of Honor gallery and finish in the Robins Gallery (the main entrance. Our trip to the memorial will also include two videos, Into The Battle and World War Two Home Front.
Chester Baptist will provide free transportation. The van will leave Chester Baptist at 10 am and return by 2 pm. This trip is limited to only 12 people, so RSVP no later than Thursday, October 20, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 804-706-6689 if you want to attend this free trip, and lunch, if you desire, will be self-pay.
Adventures in Learning Classes
Wednesdays: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Beginning September 28, 2022 – November 16, 2022
Chester Baptist Church
4317 School Street
Chester, VA 23831
Scholarship funding is available for those who need financial assistance for tuition.
The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield is a 501-c3 nonprofit and, since its inception in 2001, has been enriching the lives of adults 60 and over by offering volunteer opportunities for community service and lifelong learning and helping them remain healthy, active, and independent in their own homes for as long as possible. This past year the Shepherd’s Center’s volunteers have provided the following services to our community: 1518 free, accompanied rides to necessary medical appointments and offered contactless food delivery from the Chesterfield County Food Bank and Hopewell Food Pantry for those in need. The Center also partnered with John Tyler Community College’s Nursing Program on a friendly caller program to reach out to our most isolated seniors. For information, please visit shepcenter.org or call 804-706-6689.
May 17, 2021 Volunteers needed to aid the elderly with appointments
The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield has a critical need for volunteer drivers who are older than age 25 to transport seniors to medical and dental appointments, grocery stores, and food pantries. Senior clients have been vaccinated and need to make up appointments since the first of the year. All volunteer drivers receive a personal protection kit graciously supplied by the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond. The kits include a thermometer, gloves, masks, disinfecting spray, disinfecting wipes, and hand sanitizer. Areas with the greatest need for drivers include Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Chester and Hopewell. Can you help by offering a few hours to provide a ride to a senior? The Center also is looking for volunteer instructors to teach classes online, virtually , and in person. If you have a passion for a subject and would love to share it with our students, please join us. Become a part of this close-knit volunteer community. Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield’s mission is to enrich the lives of adults ages 60 and older by offering volunteer opportunities for community service and lifelong learning and helping them remain healthy, active, safe, and independent. Shepherd’s Center’s volunteers provide free, accompanied transportation to medical appointments, prescription pickup, food pantries, and grocery stores, as well as a minor home repair service called “Handy Hands.” Beyond staying healthy and safe, volunteers are instructors in the learning program, which allows seniors to engage their minds and stay involved.
Pets can have many positive effects on the lives of their owners
Pets can have many positive effects on the lives of their owners. They influence social, improve moods, emotional, and cognitive development in children, promote an active lifestyle, provide companionship, and have even been able to detect oncoming epileptic seizures or the presence of certain cancers.
Pets are also credited with promoting socialization among older individuals and physically or mentally disabled people. From the CDC’s website “Pets and People”.
SHEPHERD'S CENTER HAS A CRITICAL NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS AND ZOOM INSTRUCTORS!
Protecting Yourself from the Coronavirus
Dear Friends of The Shepherd’s Center,
Simply put, our mission exists to enhance the quality of life for our seniors. So, it’s natural that the well-being of our volunteers, clients, and the community are always at the forefront of our thinking. Like other organizations, we’re taking additional precautions, by having hand sanitizers in our offices, soap in our restroom. We are regularly wiping down and sanitizing surfaces and frequently touch items such items such as desktops, phones and pens in our office area. We have gloves on order for our volunteer drivers, HandyHands volunteers and office volunteers and will let you know when we receive them in the office.
By now, everyone knows to cover their mouth when they cough and sneeze, wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds, avoid touching their faces – but, as always, if anyone isn’t feeling well, the responsible thing to do is to stay home. This goes for everyone.
This is a changing scenario, so we are engaged with the county and we’re closely monitoring circumstances. If anything changes, we will let volunteers and clients know. But in the meantime, please be safe, be smart, be conscientious, and know that we are here to provide critical services to our elderly community as we have for nearly 20 years.
President, The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield
Executive Director, The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield
A Discussion with Audrey Comer
"You never know what's inside of you"
Getting Married and Sharing Dreams in Your Golden Years
By Camille Johnson
For many people, the golden years are a fantastic time to use a lifetime of wisdom to pick the right partner, begin new adventures, tie the knot, travel, explore passions, and even start a new side business. As someone considering a big life change like getting married, you are in the perfect position to look at ways you and your spouse-to-be can add to the overall quality of your life as you plan your wedding.
Starting a Business Together
For some couples, spending the retirement years building a new business together can be a great way to bond and affords couples the opportunity to supplement their retirement income. If you plan to put your shared passions toward building a business, create business cards using software with premade templates. In the same way that you might use premade templates to create your wedding invitations, you can customize business cards by adding images, text, color schemes, and fonts.
Buying a Home Together
Before you and your sweetheart say “I do,” it’s important to have conversations about how you plan to spend your retirement. Making compromises and honoring each other’s needs before the big day establishes healthy communication to help your marriage bloom. Perhaps you and your partner are hoping to relocate to Chesterfield, VA to be closer to grown children or a hometown. Now is the time to plan a trip to Chesterfield to explore your options and get a better handle on real estate opportunities. In having a shared goal, you’ll have something to work toward after saying your vows.
Combining Finances and Paperwork
Whether you decide to put your passions into a side business or plan to buy a new home together, remember that a legal union comes with paperwork. Even if you’ve never been married or it’s been years since you’ve changed your last name or had a joint bank account, plan your paperwork-related tasks now, such as who will carry insurance and how you’ll manage finances and taxes. As you make plans for your wedding day, take the time to learn your state’s rules on merging assets, changing wills, and updating the social security office, banks, and other parties of interest about your marriage. The more you do now, the more free time you’ll have to enjoy your honeymoon and first few months of marital bliss.
Volunteering as a Married Couple
The best marriages are often ones where couples find ways to spend free time together. For some couples, volunteering in the community is a great way to stay busy, give back, and spend time together. Volunteering can be a good way to keep your marriage strong and fulfilling.
Enjoying the Next Adventures
While it’s important to pay close attention to logistical things like updating social security information, merging bank accounts and income, and more, it’s also a good idea to take time out to build a new shared dream for your golden years together. By talking about business, housing, travel, and spending quality time together through volunteering, you’ll increase your chances of a happy relationship and retirement years.
Visit the Shepherd’s Center’s website to discover volunteering opportunities for you and your partner.
Our Mission Statement
“The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield enriches the lives of adults 60 and over by offering opportunities for Interfaith community service, lifelong learning, and assistance in maintaining an independent lifestyle.”
The Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield is actively seeking fun and caring volunteers!
Easy Ways to Support the Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield
Give when you shop or when you want to remove an unused car from your yard. These are all ways you can donate to the support of the Shepherd’s Center.
When you shop at Amazon Smile, you will find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield. When you go to Amazon Smile for the first time, you can select Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield as your charity of choice. Visit Amazon Smile site now.
When you shop at Kroger, a small donation will be made to the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield. When you register, use the NPO number: XG316 so that the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield will receive a donation from your purchases. Visit the Kroger Rewards Program site now.
When you sign up to have your debit or credit card linked to this program so any purchases made on that card will be rounded up to the nearest dollar with the change donated to the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield. Visit CaringCent site now.
Donate any unwanted vehicle to C.A.R.S. Choose the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield as your Non-Profit. The Vehicle will be picked up at no cost to you and you will receive a statement for your taxes once the vehicle has been sold. Proceeds from the sale of the vehicle will benefit the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield. Visit the C.A.R.S. site now.
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