Mary is an 84-year-old woman living in a Fairfax County subsidized housing apartment; she can no longer drive and the affordable bus service only runs twice a month. This is where Shepherd's Center comes in. Aiming to help seniors “age in place” for as long as possible, it provides life-enriching services at little or no cost. Last year, senior volunteers (55+) dedicated over 4,200 hours to transporting the community’s older seniors to doctors' offices, grocery stores, and vital appointments, as well as making calls and visits to homebound individuals for reassurance and friendly chats. An especially handy volunteer corps assists with minor home repairs, downsizing, and de-cluttering. For those with medical needs, the Health Team provides referrals and helps navigate the healthcare system. And to ensure that life stays interesting, retired professionals offer enrichment classes in everything from t’ai chi to world affairs. Support groups for caregivers are available as well. Through the Center, seniors can not only age in their homes, but also stay connected and involved outside of them – for years to come.
Awards & Recognition
2016 Town of Vienna Volunteer Recognition Awards
2014 Outstanding Volunteer Caregiving Program by the National Volunteer Caregiving Network
2012 Fairfax County Community Champion
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- The current budget for Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna is: Less than $500k
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