Encouraging older adults to remain active and independent through enrichment programs and volunteer service to their peers.
The Shepherd’s Center is a non-profit service and education organization for older adults. It is a welcoming and caring community of older people who recognize that by giving of themselves, they receive a deep sense of purpose and meaning in their own lives. Volunteers provide free rides to doctors' appointments and to the grocery store for those over 60 who are unable to drive. Each year the Center’s volunteers provide more than 1,500 round-trip rides.
Lifelong Learning, through the Center’s Open University (OU), offers opportunities for intellectual challenge and social interaction. Eight-week terms in the fall, winter, and spring feature well-qualified lecturers or instructors in foreign languages, literature, history, art, music, science, medial issues, memoir writing and yoga. Many of the faculty are retired members of area colleges and universities. OU is one of the best bargains in lifelong learning in the area.