Aiming to help seniors “age in place” for as long as possible, Shepherd's Center provides life-enriching services at little or no cost. Last year, volunteers dedicated over 5,000 hours to transporting 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 Center's staff provides referrals and helps navigate the healthcare system. And to ensure that life stays interesting, retired professionals and other volunteers 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.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; Vienna; Oakton; Merrifield; Dunn Loring; Fairfax; Reston; Great Falls; Herndon
Age Groups Served: Seniors (50+)
- Number of volunteer hours since 2015:
- Number of one-way rides given since 2015:
- Average age of clients served:
77 years old
- Total dollar value of volunteer hours since 2015:
- Total annual volunteer hours for educational programming (Adventures In Learning):
Awards & Recognition
Volunteer Mike Mulreany won the 2021 Fairfax County Volunteer Services Award in the Education and Literacy category
Bill Farrell, BOD Chair, received the 2020 Fairfax County, Hunter Mill District, Community Champion Award
Tom Portman, BOD member, received the 2019 Donald Owen Smith Leadership Award from the Shepherd’s Centers of America
The 2018 Dr. Patrick “Rusty” Ryan National Visionary Award was presented to BOD member John Tate by the Shepherd’s Centers of America
Received 2018 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Award
Volunteer Toni Letaw received the Outstanding Senior Older Adult Volunteer Award from Fairfax County
Recognized as an outstanding volunteer organization by the Town of Vienna on April 17, 2018
BOD member emeritus, Julius Hankin, received the 2016 Donald Owen Smith National Leadership Award from the Shepherd’s Centers of America
Volunteers recognized in the Congressional Record for their contributions to the Northern Virginia community
Recognized as 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Caregiving Program by the National Volunteer Caregiving Network2018,
- Shepherd's Center Volunteer Wins Education and Literacy Volunteer Award
Fri Apr 30 2021, Vienna/Oakton Connection
Mike Mulreany has impacted our community through his leadership of Adventures in Learning. Topics include world affairs, arts, entertainment
- Nonprofits for Older Adults Merge to Form Shepherd's Center of Northern Virginia
Tue Feb 23 2021, Reston Now
The merger will improve their reach and efficiency and give clients more access to services.
- Holiday Meals Bring Cheer to Lonely Seniors
Wed Jan 6 2021, Vienna/Oakton/McLean Connection
During the difficult times of COVID-19, SCNOVA wanted to reach out to their often lonely and isolated senior clients with dinner deliveries.
- Holiday Meals for Area Seniors
Wed Dec 9 2020, Vienna/Oakton/McLean Connection
During Thanksgiving week, the Shepherd's Center was able to share Thanksgiving meals with local isolated senior clients.
- Board Chair of Shepherd's Center Receives Community Champion Award
Wed Sep 2 2020, Vienna/Oakton/McLean Connection
Bill Farrell was presented with the Community Champion Award for promoting volunteerism within the community.
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