News & Updates

Open University Winter Schedule is Here!

The winter 2023 Open University schedule is online at right now and due to arrive in mailboxes soon! Classes start Monday, January 9th. But first, some announcements:

  • Mondays continue to meet in person.
  • Thursdays are ONLINE ONLY. This is a change from the fall session.
  • Some classes and all of the lunch speakers are hybrid – you can attend in person, or virtually via Zoom.
  • TSCOR and OU follow CDC Covid guidelines. Masks are optional, but recommended in smaller classrooms. See the current CDC guidelines here.

Now that you’re up to speed…
See the schedule here.
Register and pay online here.

See you soon – at the OU!

TSCOR on Giving Thanks and Finding Joy

“Joy is a choice.” That’s a surprising idea. If we make the food, buy the gifts and deck the halls, joy just shows up, doesn’t it? That may be true for some, but not for everyone.

People find joy in different ways. Something that makes The Shepherd Center of Richmond so unique is that we make joy a year-round choice. TSCOR volunteers already know the benefit of this and they put it into action. Drivers, teachers, speakers, committee members, board members – they’re all working together to bring joy to the community.

As Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start of a holiday season “filled with joy” (there’s that word again), and Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday follow on its heels, here are two fool-proof options to help you feel joyful:

  • Make a donation to TSCOR. Your support spreads the joy of TSCOR’s programs and services.
  • Shopping? If it feels like a chore, add a little joy! Shop AmazonSmile and select The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to TSCOR at no cost to you.

Another joy-bringing option? Become a volunteer. Because knowing how to choose joy year-round is really something to be thankful for.

Here’s wishing you a joy-filled Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.

Volunteer Opportunity!

Do you like to travel far and wide (and locally!) to see new things and learn about this big, big world of ours? Then you’re in luck because TSCOR has volunteer opportunities available with our Travel committee. We are in search of a committee chair and additional committee members to create and plan trips. We’ve traveled out of state, in state, and around RVA; museums, restaurants, theaters, parks – we love them all. Come on board and put TSCOR on the map.
For more info, call Julie Adams-Buchanan: 804-355-7282, or email
Not a big traveler yourself but know someone who is? Spread the word!

Beloved TSCOR President Passes

Our Beloved President and Friend
Stephanie Churchill
passed away peacefully on October 28, 2022

She will be remembered by her parents, husband, and son, as well as other family members, colleagues and friends. Stephanie wore several hats with the Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. Serving as a committee member, board member, board Vice-President and for the last three months, board President. Her radiant light shined beyond the center and into the community from the books she wrote, her wonderful marriage to Alex, and raising her amazing son, AJ. She had a fantastic career with Morgan Stanley and was constantly climbing the ladder. Stephanie is so loved and already missed. She has always been a driving force filled with love and light. The shoes she leaves behind are huge. Our deepest condolences to everyone during this great loss, especially the Brown and Churchill families. She will forever be missed and her legacy will live on through her son, AJ, and her husband, Alex.

The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond Receives Award

On Thursday, October 6, 2022, Senior Connections concluded their annual Empty Plate Campaign and held the accompanying luncheon, where The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond was given the Eva Teig Hardy Award for Business Service. This award recognizes the impact of an individual, business, or organization in providing services that help improve the wellbeing of older adults. The nomination for this award was made by Ms. Dorothy Manuel; she has been a beloved transportation client of TSCOR’s since 2009.

Following remarks made by Stephanie Churchill, TSCOR board president, Bernie Henderson, TSCOR past-president, presented the award to Julie Adams-Buchanan, TSCOR executive director. Also in attendance were several TSCOR board and committee members, family members of Ms. Adams-Buchanan, and Ms. Manuel – who was thoroughly delighted to have made this happen!

Many thanks to Senior Connections for this wonderful luncheon and award. TSCOR is honored to be recognized by the community as we uphold our mission to keep older adults active, independent and engaged.

TSCOR Gets Back on the Road!

Good news! The travel program of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond is offering a new trip and hitting the road on Friday, November 4.

Travel with TSCOR to visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Includes a stop for lunch at the Water Street Grill in downtown Yorktown, and a ticket to the planetarium theatre at the Virginia Living Museum!

Read all the details here. Get the registration form here.

Register soon! This trip is limited to 22 travelers.

Registration is by check only. Payment must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Open University Starts Monday!

You’ve had this day marked on your calendar for weeks now, so get ready, because Open University starts this coming Monday, September19!!! Classes start at 9:30. Come a little early if you still need to register. Masks are optional, but fun and learning are not! Can’t wait to see you at the OU!

The Fall Open University Schedule is HERE!

The fall 2022 Open University schedule arrives in mailboxes this week and is online at right now. Classes start Monday, September 19th. But first, some announcements:

  • Open University meets in person! Hooray!
  • Thursday OU no longer meets at First Presbyterian Church. Instead, it meets at St. Luke Lutheran Church, the same place we meet for Monday OU. (This is technically “across the river,” but it’s a short, easy drive from the previous location!)
  • Some classes and all of the lunch speakers are hybrid. This means you can attend in person, or virtually via Zoom.
  • What about Covid? TSCOR and OU follow CDC Covid guidelines. Masks are optional, but recommended in smaller classrooms. See the current CDC guidelines here.
  • You can read more about these announcements in the schedule.

Now that you’re up to speed…
See the schedule here.
Register and pay online here.

See you soon – at the OU!

New Membership Year Begins Today!

Dear Friends,
The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond (TSCOR) begins a new membership year today. Becoming a member makes you a part of this wonderful organization and its efforts. Our programs and services are the heart of TSCOR and uphold our mission of keeping older adults active and engaged through volunteer service and lifelong learning.

Annual Membership Is Only $25

The membership cycle is July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, and is only $25.
Please renew or begin your membership today and help us welcome a new year!

Membership benefits:

  • free admission to all lunch speakers
  • reduced Open University tuition
  • reduced TSCOR travel rates
  • invitation to the Annual Volunteer Celebration

$25 will:

  • support TSCOR’s lifelong learning programs: Open University and Lunch & Life.
  • support TSCOR’s client services. Volunteers provide free rides to medical appointments and grocery stores for seniors in our community.
  • support our mission.

     You can become a member at any time in the cycle, but why not do it now? Join or renew membership and pay online here. To pay by mail, print this form and return it with your check.

Thank you and take good care,
Julie Adams-Buchanan,
Executive Director, TSCOR

Wednesday In-Person Event at St. Mary’s

Join us TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 27th – live and in person – when Father Renninger, pastor, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, gives a special lunch presentation. Light refreshments and beverages provided; bring a sandwich if you like. Masks are optional. This presentation is not available via Zoom.

What: “Gospel Geography
It has often been said that the Holy Land itself is the “Fifth Gospel.” That is, when you have an opportunity to visit the actual locations of Biblical events, the shape and contour of the land helps you to understand the message and meaning in new ways. As Christians celebrate the Easter season, Fr. Renninger’s presentation will focus on several aspects of “Gospel Geography,” offering fresh perspectives on the Biblical narratives for believers and non-believers alike. 
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Time: doors open at 12:00 noon; presentation begins at 12:30
Where: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Upper Commons area
Cost: FREE! Open to the public!