Is That the Sound of Sleigh Bells?

Nope. That’s the sound of millions of people shopping Black Friday online. Cha-ching! Cha-ching!

Now that you’ve given thanks and enjoyed a fine meal with loved ones, (my, how time flies when you’re trying to savor the moment), some of you may be turning your attention to finding the perfect gifts.

Just a friendly reminder while you’re doing that: AmazonSmile enables you to donate 0.5% of your purchase to TSCOR every time you shop Amazon, at no cost to you. It’s easy to do. On your first visit to AmazonSmile select The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond as the charitable organization you wish to receive donations and they’ll remember your choice every time you shop.

So if you find yourself online this Black Friday or Cyber Monday, please keep TSCOR in mind and make those sleigh bells ring!

TSCOR’s Table

If The Shepherd’s Center Of Richmond had a table big enough to gather all of its volunteers, students, members, donors, board members, committee members and staff together for Thanksgiving, well, that would be a pretty big table. But the moment before the meal, when we take time to reflect on what we’re thankful for, that would be very brief. Because, quite simply, we are thankful for YOU.

May the spirit of Thanksgiving bring you love, laughter and a warm heart.

Before You Pass the Bird, Pass the Word

Thanksgiving is a time to come together and…network? No, of course not! But while you’re gathering with friends and family, if you hear of someone looking for a fresh start with a great local nonprofit, be sure and tell them TSCOR is hiring!

We’re searching for a part-time Finance Manager/Bookkeeper with an enthusiasm for promoting positive aging in RVA. You can refer interested parties to the TSCOR website to view the full job posting or have them drop the staff an email.

Now then, about that turkey…

Change in Lunch Speaker for Thursday, Oct. 14

Ellis West, political science professor, emeritus, UR, will present The (Not So Surprising) Failure of the Redistricting Commission in place of the previously scheduled Coming to America. This change is due to the unexpected passing of our speaker, Patricia Naggiar. Ms. Naggiar died suddenly last week at the age of 95. We extend our condolences to her family.

Get Ready! Open University Starts Monday

Everyone is eager for the start of the fall Open University session this coming Monday. A couple things to note so you’re all ready:

One, there’s been a change to the Monday, Sept. 20 Lunch Speaker. In lieu of the previously scheduled, “Virginia Voice: Eyes for Those Who Can’t See,” Dr. Karen Sherry, curator at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, will present, “Moral, Maternal, Mannish, & Monstrous: Suffragist Images, 1900-1920.”

And two, Zoom links for all classes and speakers will arrive to your email Sunday evening. Remember to check your spam and junk folders if you don’t see them in your inbox!

Now you’re all set! Keep your mind as sharp as your pencils; learn something new at the OU!

Smile! The Open University Schedule is HERE!

Time to turn those pandemic frowns upside down! It took us a little longer than we would’ve liked – thanks to a few unexpected COVID precautions – but the fall 2021 OU schedule is here!!!

A few things to know: Classes are entirely online for the fall 2021 session. No in-person classes will be held. The fall tuition deal is available this year. Hard copies of the schedule will arrive in mailboxes next week.

And don’t forget this! TSCOR members get FREE access to ALL of the lunch speakers. Even if you aren’t taking classes this session, make OU a part of your lunch hour.

So get out your calendar, peruse the schedule, and work on that smile! (If you have a frowny friend, share the schedule with them! We’re one big Zooming family around here.)

See the fall schedule here.

Register online here.

Are you smiling ear to ear yet?

If it Matters, it’s Gray!

Hot off the press! Read all about it! Get your latest news here! That’s right, folks, step right up! The 2021 summer edition of TSCOR’s newsletter, Gray Matters, is out now on virtual stands and arriving soon to a mailbox near you. So fix yourself a tall, cool glass of ice tea – don’t forget the lemon, find a quiet spot and get all caught up with everything TSCOR. Because if it matters, it’s Gray Matters! And that’s not a gray area. Read Gray Matters here.

Spread the Word – TSCOR’s Hiring!

They say the best form of advertising is through word-of-mouth. That means YOU are the best resource TSCOR has to spread the word that we’re hiring. The search is on to fill the position of Office Manager. If you know of anyone looking for a new job – or maybe you know of someone that would be a good fit – please share this news with them. You can see the full job description here. Interested applicants are asked to email a cover letter and resume to Julie Adams-Buchanan at
“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.” Be an advocate for TSCOR by helping to find the person with the passion for the position!

TSCOR Office Manager Announces Retirement

With time comes change and The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond has a change to announce. Paula Grimes, office manager for TSCOR, has announced her decision to retire.

“It’s time,” Paula says. “I feel I’ve achieved what I set out to contribute to the organization and I’m ready to try my hand at retirement.”

TSCOR has benefitted greatly from Paula’s many contributions and we thank her for the dedication and diligence she has shown in her work.

Paula would like all of you to know that she truly enjoyed working with everyone at TSCOR and wishes the organization continued success in the future.

Congratulations, Paula! We wish you nothing but the best.

TSCOR Goes to Carytown!

Calling all foodies, history buffs and ready-to-see-the-world enthusiasts! TSCOR’s travel committee has once again put together a great reason to head out and discover something new and lovely about RVA. Add Thursday, August 5 at 2:30 to your calendar with TSCOR’s Carytown Food Tour. On this guided tour we’ll learn the beginnings of Carytown and how many of the restaurants got their start; visit a collection of well-known and under-the radar restaurants; sample foods and snacks from unique establishments; discover why Richmond’s oldest theater has a pool of crystal-clear water inside and check out the east coast’s oldest, most important shopping center. You’re already looking around for your fancy sun hat and best walking shoes, aren’t you? Don’t wait to sign up – we’re limited to 15 participants! Register by Tuesday, August 3.

Register and pay online here.