The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization for service and education. Founded in 1984 by Rev. Robert S. Seiler, TSCOR provides volunteer opportunities and lifelong learning programs for older adults in Richmond. We are the local affiliate of The Shepherd’s Center of America; a national network whose mission empowers older adults to use their wisdom and skills for the good of 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…
For 35 years, we have been a vital and successful organization that works in the Richmond community. We are a group of caring people utilizing a neighbor-helping-neighbor approach to address common challenges of growing older – lack of transportation, isolation and loneliness – while also providing opportunities to find meaning and purpose. The leadership of our board is integral to our success. “Read More” to learn about the July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 Board of Directors.
While TSCOR is largely powered by volunteers, we do maintain a small staff of two full-time and two part-time employees. Staff provides guidance and direction to our volunteers while assisting in the day-to-day management of the organization’s programs and services.
TSCOR’s newsletter, Gray Matters, is published biannually in November and June. Members receive a printed copy in the mail. If you would like to receive a printed copy, please consider becoming a member. Read Gray Matters online here!
TSCOR respects your privacy and the privacy of all our volunteers, members, students, clients and donors. We collect the contact information you voluntarily provide through our website, mailings, contributions, volunteer applications and Open University registrations.