The 11th Annual Afternoon Tea Party Was a Huge Hit!

 

2022 Attendees of Ladies Afternoon Tea Party Fundraiser. Photo by Curtis Anderson
Best in Show and Hat Winners with Emcee Don Raybould. Photo by Curtis Anderson
Beautiful Music by Bryant Watson. Photo by Curtis Anderson
Handsome Waiters, Photo by Curtis Anderson
More handsome waiters. Photo by Curtis Anderson
Beautiful 1950 Black Caddy shown by owner Dave Boyland. Photo by Curtis Anderson

Thank you, ABC 8, for helping us get our critical need of Volunteer Drivers out to the community!

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!”

 


From Germany to America – a Survivor’s Story

Geri Raybould 

Reporter, The Shepherd’s Gate

Mrs. G called the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield requesting transportation assistance thirteen years ago, in January 2013. She was a widow without family, and the Shepherd’s Center stepped up. She said gratefully, “They helped me get to my doctors. When I needed a ride, they were there for me. The drivers were nice to me, I was scared, and I had nobody else. They helped me. They still do.”

Born in Germany in 1929, Mrs. G had a typical childhood, but when the Russian army began moving into her homeland, her mother was one of the many seized into servitude. Citizens in her community propelled a teenager and her siblings onto a train filled with other refugees escaping to the West. There, she was safe in the care of a monastery orphanage. Three years later, with the aid of the American Red Cross, mother and children were reunited.

Others might have been defeated by such a rough beginning of adulthood, but Mrs. G is strong, healthy, and lives life to its fullest. Though jobs were scarce in Germany at that time, she, not knowing, laid the groundwork for her future by working any and every job she could find, waitressing, babysitting, and other odd jobs.

She met and married an American G.I. in 1959 and was relocated to the United States. Determined to get her American citizenship, she applied but was told by the judge to learn to speak and read English, then return. That task took her three weeks of intense study. She was looking forward to her husband’s next duty rotation and returning to Germany as an American citizen. After three years, they returned to Fort Lee, Virginia.

The next challenge to overcome was an unexpected divorce. She liked being an American citizen but was now alone here in the Fort Lee area. Once again, she charged into life, taking every job she could find waitress, sales clerk, stock clerk. Her goal was to save enough money to buy her first car. Her luck changed when she met the union representative from Reynolds Metals and the next 29 years are history.

Mrs. G had learned the result of honest, hard work and quickly found herself working twelve-hour days at Reynold’s Metals. She met, married, and retired with the love of her life. Unfortunately, he succumbed to diabetes. After fourteen years as a couple, she was alone again. Rising to this new challenge, she became a daily caregiver to a fellow German in ill health. She saw that period in her life as a blessing and more enjoyment than detriment.

Looking back, she relates her experiences as opportunities that she overcame with a thirst for life and a diligent saving regimen. She is proud to be able to oversee her present and to be comfortable with her financial future. She felt the need to express gratitude to Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield, a primary source of her support these days. Thus, the beloved 1998 Buick Park Avenue she is no longer driving became a statement of “Thanks for your help when I needed it most.”  She said, “They helped me, are still helping me. I have met some very nice people. That’s why I gave them my car.”

Mrs. G is a delight with her refreshing zest for facing new challenges head-on. She is a charming storyteller and believes that the folks at Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield might find a way to fill the void with seniors short on transportation but long on time and looking for new social opportunities.

Mrs. G Interview Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

Channel 6: Chesterfield non-profit that helps get senior citizens around in need of volunteers

The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield hosted its first Online Annual Charity Auction Fundraiser the weeks of November 15 to November 29.  The Auction was a tremendous success, raising needed funds for the Center’s mission of providing programs and services for the elderly in our community. Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service was the Exclusive Title sponsor for the fantastic event.

 The event took place online for two weeks in November with over 50 participants all over the United States. The bidders enjoyed following their favorite items, embracing their competitive spirit, and bidding on unique things. Some of the notable items were a championship basketball signed by the legendary UVA Coach Tony Bennett, stays at the Quirk hotels, Jefferson Hotel, an exclusive Wintergreen Condo, and the Beekman Hotel in Manhattan, to mention a few of the 154 donated items.

SHEPHERD'S CENTER HAS A CRITICAL NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS AND INSTRUCTORS! CHESTERFIELD, VA — The Shepherd's Center of

Chesterfield has a critical need for volunteer drivers

over 25 to transport seniors to essential medical, dental

appointments, and grocery/food pantries. Senior clients

have been vaccinated and have a critical need to make

up medical appointments since the first of the year. All

our 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 to keep you safe. Areas in the

greatest need of drivers include Chesterfield County,

Colonial Heights, Chester, and Hopewell. Can you help

by offering a few hours to provide a ride to a senior in our

community?
The Center is also 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 Adventures in Learning students, we would love for

you to join us as we navigate our new normal.
Become a part of this close-knit volunteer community!
For more information about The Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield, call 804-706-9198 or visit shepcenter.org.

Shepherd's Center offering free rides to vaccination appointments CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield is

offering free rides to residents over 60-years-old to their vaccination

appointments for seniors living in the Chesterfield County, Colonial

Heights and Hopewell area. Please call ahead 5 days of vaccination

appointment to schedule a ride.
For more information on scheduling an appointment you can call 804-706-6689 or email shepcenter@gmail.com for more information

Spring 2022 Adventures in Learning (AIL) Session Information

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 —

Spring Schedule for the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield Adventures in Learning 

The program is starting on March 30!

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 Do’s and Don’t of Successful Online Dating, Adventures in Learning Book Club, Afternoon at the Movies, Tai Chi (Beginner to Advanced Classes), Cornhole; The Civil War: So you think you know about it?  Acrylic Painting, Brain Health, Beginning Genealogy, Literature Survey Class, Essential Oils for a Happy and Healthy Lifestyle, Celtic Heros, Keep Calm & Get Organized,  Contemporary Issues Confronting Society,  Zoom Training, Navigating The Virginia Navigator Family of Websites, and Folk Music Club.

Wednesdays: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

 Beginning March 30, 2022 – May 18, 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 during Covid to our community: 1143 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.

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:

Zoom video tutorial

Zoom tip sheet

Zoom step-by-step instructions

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Correspondent of the Day, May 18, 2021: Volunteers needed to aid the elderly with appointments
May 17, 2021 Volunteers needed to aid the elderly with appointments

Editor, Times-Dispatch:
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. For information about the Center, call (804) 706-9198 or visit: shepcenter.org Susan McCammon, Executive Director.
Thank you our 2021 Online
Charity Auction Fundraiser
was a success!

The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield hosted its first Online Annual Charity Auction Fundraiser the weeks of November 15 to November 29.  The Auction was a tremendous success, raising needed funds for the Center’s mission of providing programs and services for the elderly in our community. Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service was the Exclusive Title sponsor for the fantastic event.

 The event took place online for two weeks in November with over 50 participants all over the United States. The bidders enjoyed following their favorite items, embracing their competitive spirit, and bidding on unique things. Some of the notable items were a championship basketball signed by the legendary UVA Coach Tony Bennett, stays at the Quirk hotels, Jefferson Hotel, an exclusive Wintergreen Condo, and the Beekman Hotel in Manhattan, to mention a few of the 154 donated items.

labrador retriever, dog, head

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”. 

Toby
Gracie Bean
Princess Bailey
Bud
Waco
Willie
Honey
Bootsie
Princess Bailey
Mr. Mochi
Pepper
Honey
Piggy Wiggly
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Polly
Dallas
Lucky

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.

AARP – What you need to know about the Coronavirus

CDC – Get Your Community- and Faith-Based Organizations Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019

Sincerely,

Rob Mast

President, The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield           

Susan McCammon

Executive Director, The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield

A Discussion with Audrey Comer

"You never know what's inside of you"
Image: Unsplash

How to Heal When You’re Grieving

by Camille Johnson 

If you’re grieving, you may find yourself thinking that healing from grief is impossible or that it’s likely to take years to feel better again. These thoughts are understandable but not true if you work on healing every day and make small steps toward happiness as often as possible. The following tips can help you create healthy goals while grieving and take steps toward healing that can offer comfort.

Find Support

After you’ve spent time alone, turning inward, it can be helpful to reconnect with people who offer comfort and support as you move forward. After a loved one dies, friends and family can help you in mourning. There’s no right way to grieve; each person experiences loss differently and has different needs at various stages of recovery.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential for keeping your mind and body functioning properly. While it’s normal to lose sleep when grieving, you may not realize how much more trouble you’re creating for yourself by staying up too late. Stick to a sleep schedule, and get 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Consider using natural products, such as melatonin, to help regulate your biological clock after losing a loved one.

Eat Well

Eating is a necessary part of life, but it can also be a way to feel better when you’re grieving. Food can comfort you — and help you heal — when you’re mourning a loss. Partake in your favorite foods (in moderation) if they make you feel comforted.

Spend Time Outdoors

Spending time in nature increases happiness, lowers stress levels, and improves mental health. Walk around your neighborhood or visit a nearby park. Bring friends and family along for an extra dose of support during your grieving process. If you live in a city with poor air quality, consider going for a hike instead. Fresh air can help clear your mind.

Avoid Burnout at Work

There’s no such thing as a perfect working environment, but if you feel constantly burned out and need to recharge, try taking time to do nothing a couple of times a week with zero distractions. Set boundaries with people who expect too much from you. Recognize your emotions, and value your time. It’s okay to take it a bit easier.

Meditation and Relaxation 

One of the most effective ways to heal when you’re grieving is to meditate or relax. Whether you use guided meditations, your breath, or visualizations, sitting and reflecting on positive imagery can help reduce stress levels while encouraging a positive outlook on life and coping with grief. Set aside at least five minutes each day to quiet your mind and focus on breathing slowly through your nose.

Adopt a Pet

Getting a new pet can be an excellent source of comfort during times of grief. Having an animal around who always loves you unconditionally can take your mind off your pain and give you something positive to focus on. 

Time Heals

Remember, there’s no formula for how long it takes to heal. Take care of yourself, and reach out to friends and family if you need some help getting through a tough time.

Volunteer

Several medical studies have shown that volunteering your time to a good cause can improve mental well-being and overall happiness. Volunteer at the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield to help enrich the lives of seniors by offering services to help them maintain an independent lifestyle.

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!

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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.

CARINGCENT

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.

CARS PROGRAM

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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