A memorial service will be held at a later date at Christ Episcopal Church, Amelia VA.
It is with very heavy hearts we share the passing of G. Gregory Hall, Jr. on June 20, 2020. Dr. Hall was a dedicated member of the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield, where he regularly instructed classes for our Adventures in Learning program. He began teaching his film classes at AIL in March 2013 and faithfully taught every year through February 2020. Dr. Hall instructed a total of 20 semesters of film classes during AIL. He was much beloved by the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield, his students, and all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gaye and his family during this difficult time.
Gregory Hall, Jr. Departed this life on June 20, 2020. He was born on September 12, 1937, in Anderson, S.C. He graduated from Richmond Academy, Emory University (BA) and the University of Georgia (M.A., PhD.). He taught English at Clemson University and others before retiring from Virginia State University in 2009. He also was an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was a faculty member in the Osher program at the University of Richmond, LLI, in Midlothian and the Shepherd Center of Chesterfield in Chester, VA., teaching film, and literature.
He leaves his wife, Gaye; their son, Greg III, daughters Valerie Jeffries (John) and Cynthia Dobbs (Donald), six grandchildren, and one great-grandbaby to cherish his memory.
SHEPHERD'S CENTER HAS A CRITICAL NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS AND INSTRUCTORS!
The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield has a critical need for volunteer drivers over the age of 25 to transport seniors to essential medical, dental appointments, and grocery/food pantries. 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. If you have a passion for a subject and would love to share it with our Adventures in Learning’s students, we would love for you to join us as we navigate our new normal.
Become a part of this close-knit volunteer community!
Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield’s mission of enriching 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 for as long as possible.
The Shepherd’s Center’s volunteers carry out this mission by providing:
1. Free, accompanied transportation for seniors to their critical medical appointments, for prescription pickup, for food pantries and grocery shopping
2. A minor home repair service called “HandyHands.”
3. And because there is more to life than just staying healthy and safe, our senior volunteers are 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.
This past year, Shepherd’s Center volunteers:
· They have provided 2010 free, accompanied rides to critical medical appointments and grocery shopping, and enrolled over 668 senior adults into our services.
· They made 123 minor home repair visits to help those on fixed incomes and living in their own homes.
· They offered 80 educational classes resulting in 349 low-cost class registrations.
· They have provided 1,400 low-cost lunches for those attending our Luncheon Forums.
For more information about The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield, call 804-706-6689 or visit shepcenter.org.
Adventures in Learning Online
Isn't it Time for a Good Laugh
The gift of laughter can soothe the soul and improve your physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless medicine is free and fun!
Comedians on Call, a free phone helpline that connects you with comedians for a chance to chuckle together!
These sessions last 15-30 minutes and take place Thursday evenings at 8pm EST. You will be joining 1-3 other participants and 1 comedian, for a fun filled conversation. Interested? Register online or call 813-722-0920.
Tutorials and Gratitude
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:
Free Accompanied Transportation and Handy Hands have been temporarily suspended
as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. The volunteers and staff of the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield are abiding by Governor Ralph Northam’s “Stay at Home” order, but are continuing to work remotely.
The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield has identified some volunteers that are willing to continue to provide pickup and delivery of food items from the grocery stores and/or the food pantry. Any Shepherd’s Center clients that are in need of this service should call 804-706-9198. Please leave a detailed message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Any Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield Volunteers that are able to assist with this service should reach out to Susan or Cricket at 804-706-9198 and leave a message.
Cancellation of Spring AIL
Dear Friends of the Shepherd’s Center:
We are sad to announce that The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield is canceling its spring Adventures In Learning (AIL) session. Adventures In Learning is one of the most important parts of our mission to help seniors to avoid loneliness and enable fellowship, and we know that you will be as disappointed as we are with this painful decision.
The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield’s Board of Trustees has been carefully monitoring the situation with the potential spread of the COVID-19 illness. National and local public health officials and other experts are urging proactive measures rather than reactive ones and suggest social distancing as one of the most effective ways for the U.S. to reduce viral spread. As you know, many events around the country and our local areas have been canceled for this reason.
Since most of the AIL attendees are members of the most vulnerable category affected by COVID-19, it is appropriate for us to be conservative in our approach to public gatherings. In addition, Governor Northam has requested no public gathering of over 10 people to meet for the next several weeks. Rather than postpone our schedule for half the session and then possibly have to deal with continuing the closure, we believe the best approach is to allow all of us to take the time to pass through this period with minimal exposure to risk.
We are hoping to move the classes scheduled this spring to the fall session. Our fall session runs from September 23 to November 11, 2020.
If you have any questions, please call Susan at (804) 892-2350.
We appreciate your tremendous support of the Adventures In Learning’s mission and look forward to your participation, if possible, next fall. This has been a difficult decision, but we believe it is the best decision to minimize the risk to students, instructors, hospitality team members and staff.
Thank you for your understanding,
Rob Mast, Board President
Susan McCammon, Executive Director
The Charity Auction is scheduled for Saturday September 12th
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
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"You never know what's inside of you"
The Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield is actively seeking fun and caring volunteers to serve on our Hospitality Committee
The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield is actively seeking fun and caring volunteers to serve on our Hospitality Committee. We need volunteers to help with prepping pantries and coffee to serve in the mornings and helping with lunch in the afternoon on Wednesdays for 8 weeks starting in January 2020 during our lifelong learning class sessions (Adventures In Learning) in Chester. No experience is necessary.
There are three possible shifts available depending on your preference:
•Arrive at 7:45 am to help prepare coffee and pantries for our seniors
•Arrive at 9 am to help with the lunch meal preparation to include serving our seniors
•Arrive by 12:30 pm to help with cleaning, sweeping, mopping and taking out the trash.
The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield, Virginia is a local non-profit, interfaith organization of volunteers who donate their time; talents and passion to help senior adults in our very own community remain independent in their own homes.
We were established by our community in August 2001 with the following mission: “To enrich the lives of adults 60 and over by offering opportunities for interfaith community service, lifelong learning, and assistance in maintaining an independent lifestyle.” Simply put: “We are volunteers that help seniors continue to live healthy, safe, vibrant and independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible.”
Volunteers are the backbone and heart of our organization. For more information please contact The Shepherd’s Center at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-706-6689.
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.
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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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