The Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield enriches the lives of adults 50 and over by offering opportunities for interfaith community service, lifelong learning and assistance in maintaining a healthy and independent lifestyle.
We work closely with our volunteers, donors and community partners to fulfill our mission by providing:
Fifteen years following incorporation, the Shepherd’s Center has established itself as an organization of caring seniors who do remarkable work for other seniors and the elderly in Chesterfield County and the Tri-Cities region.
I am so proud of the staff and wonderful volunteers of the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield. Through their attitude of dedication and loving devotion to our clients, we have been able to weather some the worst economic years since we began.Through careful budget planning and a creative partnership with another nonprofit that has allowed us to house our administrative office with very little overhead; we have been able to maintain our core programs and services even as some of our revenue sources have been negatively impacted. In fact, we’ve worked very hard to accommodate all of the many new elderly clients who, because of their own economic concerns, have enrolled at an unprecedented rate to receive free, accompanied transportation and home repair services from the Shepherd’s Center’s volunteers.
In addition, the Board of Trustees has engaged in a Fund Development Initiative and is working on creating new ways to sustain the Shepherd’s Center long-term.
From 2 home repair clients:
“Thank you so much for the help of your maintenance man. I feel so much safer with a back door lock. Thanks again.”
“I want to thank you for the HandyHands service you provide. We needed help with a light fixture and Earl C. was kind enough to come out and do a job that was much tougher than anyone could have expected. Thank you so very, very much.”
From 2 transportation clients:
“I’m writing this note to say how much I thank you for the transportation services for older people. This service has been a great blessing to me. And all of the drivers have been very kind and loving people. Thank God for the Shepherd’s Center.”
“I just wanted to thank you so very much for the job you all do to see that we who use your service get to our appointments on time. You do an important job and do it so well. Your drivers are not only so nice, but very good drivers as well. Nancy who took me the last time was just great to be with. I really enjoyed her company. I appreciate all you have done for me so much.”
From a lifelong learning student:
“The Adventures in Learning courses are so stimulating and on such a variety of topics that I wouldn’t ordinarily be able to explore on my own. I especially enjoy the insights of my classmates. I try new topics to expose myself to a wider variety of ideas and people unlike myself. I think this has been great for my mental growth and staying engaged and interested in life since I’ve retired.”
In closing, I would just like to say it has been an honor for me to serve alongside these volunteers and to be part of this remarkable organization these past 9 years. It has truly been a blessing!
Susan McCammon, Executive Director
Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield
The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield has faced numerous challenges during the year due primarily to the economic environment which has had an impact on so many non-profit organizations. As we have navigated our way through is difficult period, we have been successful in not only maintaining our programs, but also improving and expanding them by recruiting additional drivers, AIL instructors and adding more classes. This past year we saw a 16% increase in the number of trips to critical medical appointments and grocery stores/food pantries provided by our volunteer drivers.
As we look forward, we can only anticipate a greater need for our programs as our senior population expands. We will aspire to meet these needs with the continuing refinement and expansion of the Shepherd’s Center’s programs.
We are very grateful for the financial support we have received for our mission.
The success of the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield County is the result of the dedicated service of our volunteers, drivers, Handy hands, committee members, and Board of Trustees, all of whom spend countless hours working on the Shepherd’s Center’s programs. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to each and every one of them for sharing their time, talents and passion to help achieve our commitments to the seniors we serve.
Dr. Anthony Yankowsky President, Board of Trustees
While each non-profit believes it is unique, we know the Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield is actually the only non-profit in our service area focused on fulfilling the unique goal of keeping seniors active, engaged in meaningful activities and actively contributing to the senior members of their community while living independently as long as possible. Over 1/4 of the region's population will be over 60 by 2030. The official Richmond Age Wave plan calls for volunteerism and a focus on Seniors as resources not just service recipients. Our Center helps meet those challenges. Our success helps stabilize the community by adding the resources of volunteerism and independence to the community structure. Our continuum of services meets seniors where they are healthy and volunteering, educated about resources, good nutrition, financial planning and civic engagement OR in need of the critical medical transportation and handyhands services other senior volunteers contribute their time and talent toward providing. The Shepherd's Center's programs encourages social engagement, useful activities, contributions of time and talent and thereby reduces isolation and enhances the quality of life to age in place.
Present EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/MARKETING
DIRECTOR/VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, (part-time) Shepherd’s Center of
Chesterfield, Chesterfield, Virginia. Oversee the operations, administration
and funding of 3 programs, 2 employees and over 1,000 volunteers during this
5-year tenure. This is a non-profit agency with an annual budget of @
$72,150 that provides free. accompanied transportation and minor home repair
assistance as well as lifelong learning opportunities to the elderly in Chesterfield County and the surrounding communities.
Increases resources by successfully researching, writing and acquiring grants,
creating funding activities and building community, governmental, and business
partnerships for organizational sustainability. Established guidelines and
protocols to maintain a balanced operating budget. Maintains and develops
cooperative and ever-growing working relationships among public and agency
participants and funding partners. Responsible for all recruitment, placement,
and supervision of all volunteers. Develops both short and long-term marketing
strategies and business plans. Assists with board of directors’ development and
training. Assists in the conduct of needs analysis, grant research and grant
reporting initiatives. Develops all volunteers’ reward and recognition activities.
Manages the Center’s involvement in community affairs, health fairs, charitable
events, and corporate sponsorships.
2006 to 2007 DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, Colonial Heights Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Colonial Heights, Virginia. Developed and maintained key relationships with case managers and hospital administration. Developed both short and long-term marketing strategies and business plans. Developed all public relations plans, strategies, and initiatives, including seeking out, assessing, and developing recommendations for public relations and marketing opportunities. Served as the senior contact person for the media, including providing or coordinating interviews, and overseeing or composing press releases. Managed the Center’s involvement in community affairs, health fairs, charitable events, and corporate sponsorships. Managed portions of the Center’s web site and advertising in directories, sports programs, and similar publications. Provided oversight of the Center’s agreements with marketing and public relations contractors.
2000 to 2005 PRODUCT MANAGER/CATEGORY MANAGER, McKesson Medical Surgical, Richmond, Virginia. Accountable for managing assigned categories to optimize overall profitability. Developed strategic alliances with key suppliers within assigned categories. Performed comprehensive market analysis to include demand/opportunities, industry issues/trends, and new technology/entrants. Responsible for assessing supplier’s capabilities, using the standard financial tools such as the ROI model. As a team leader assisted suppliers in improving operational efficiencies through facilitation of cross-functional team.
Since its inception in 2001, the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield has focused on three strategic programs/services to carry out its mission of keeping seniors active and independent in their own homes for as long as possible.
1. Free, accompanied transportation service
Because many older adults cannot afford or do not have the transportation necessary to get to their vital medical appointments, to the pharmacy for their prescription needs or to the grocery store, Shepherd’s Center’s volunteers provide them with a free transportation service. This is available for people 50 years old and above who are mobile without a wheelchair and who live in zip code areas where we have at least 2 volunteer drivers. (We do NOT qualify or disqualify people according to their income levels….if they need transportation, our drivers are happy to provide it.)
Our volunteer drivers use their own vehicles and pay for their own gasoline. Even in the face of rising of gasoline costs, most drivers accept no reimbursement!
2. HandyHands, a minor home repair service
If the repair is deemed too difficult and needs a professional, the HandyHand volunteer will offer to be there to advise the client when the professional makes an assessment. They have also gone with our seniors when they have needed car repairs to ensure that they are not taken advantage of by unscrupulous mechanics.
3. Adventures in Learning
Because seniors need intellectual and physical stimulation to also help them stay healthy, active and independent and engaged in their communities, the Shepherd’s Center also provides low-cost lifelong educational opportunities through a 24-week mini-college known as Adventures in Learning.
Students meet one day a week from 9am to 3pm. For a very small fee ($25 one-time fee per term) students can choose from a buffet of approximately 32 classes and take any or all for the single term fee. A sample class term might be: Tai Chi Chen, Line Dancing, International Politics, Painting, Financial Planning, Healthy Aging, Conversational Spanish, Writing Your Life’s Story, Genealogy, Film, Quilting, Embroidery, Folk Music, History of Scotland, Bible Study and Book Discussions.
There is a weekly Luncheon Forum with speakers and entertainment, along with a light hot, healthy lunch at an affordable $5.00 and free for to our instructors. This also provides an opportunity for socialization; a factor vital to an improved quality of life.
Seniors arrive early in the class day for nurse-provided blood pressure checks, cholesterol screening, flu shots, coffee, and fellowship. Scholarships are offered for anyone who cannot afford tuition.
Adventures in Learning is taught completely by volunteers and encourages “seniors teaching seniors” because research shows that older people who voluntarily give back to others have better health and a lower mortality risk. Consequently, those who participate by teaching and passing on their life’s passion to their peers also gain mentally and physically!
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