The Shepherd Center Of Richmond is a volunteer organization of older adults staying active, independent and engaged through lifelong learning and community service. Founded in RVA in 1984, we are the local affiliate of The Shepherd’s Center of America, a national network empowering older adults to use their wisdom and skills to enrich their communities.
VISION: Older adults helping one another stay active, independent and engaged. MISSION: TSCOR encourages older adults to remain active and engaged through enrichment programs and volunteer service to their peers. VALUES: We believe in the potential of older adults to teach, learn, grow and give back to our community. We recognize the significant health benefits of remaining active and avoiding social isolation. We serve the aging community with respect and compassion. We value the bonds we form with others through classes, travel and volunteering. We manage our resources efficiently and effectively. We seek to be welcoming, inclusive, and diverse.
Dr. Elbert Cole, a minister in Kansas City, Missouri, observed that as individuals retired from careers and moved into the next stage of life, they maintained an intense desire to continue growing and contributing to society. He recognized that, with a deep sense of compassion to help others, a need to engage in lifelong learning, and a desire to improve the quality of life in their communities, older adults are a force for good. These values just needed to be tapped…
We are a vital and successful organization that has worked in the Richmond community for over 35 years. Using a neighbor-helping-neighbor approach to address common challenges of growing older – lack of transportation, isolation, loneliness – TSCOR provides opportunities for meaning and purpose. Board leadership is integral to our success.
TSCOR is largely powered by volunteers. We maintain a small staff of one full-time and three part-time employees who provide guidance and direction to our volunteers and perform the day-to-day functions of TSCOR’s programs and services.
TSCOR’s newsletter, Gray Matters, is normally published biannually in November and June, however, we’re moving to an all-new, e-newsletter format soon – more on that to come. In the meantime, read the summer 2021 Gray Matters online here!
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