Providing meaning and purpose for adults throughout their mature years.
Shepherd's Center of Western Fairfax County
Shepherd’s Centers of America (SCA) (http://www.shepherdcenters.org/) is a national network of more than 60 interfaith, community-based, volunteer organizations that provide meaning and purpose for adults throughout their mature years. SCA’s role is to build and support this nationwide network of member organizations. Shepherd’s Centers all have a commonly understood mission to empower older adults to use their wisdom and skills for the good of their communities. Shepherd’s Centers provide low/no cost services and enrichment programs for our elderly clients.
There are four mature, established Shepherd’s Centers in NOVA: Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (http://www.scov.org/), Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church (http://www.scmafc.org/), Shepherd’s Center of Annandale-Springfield (http://shepherdscenter-annandale.org/), and Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke (http://www.scfbva.org/). These centers have been of service to Fairfax County seniors for 8-16 years. Each offers a rich set of low/no cost services—assisted driving for medical appointments and convenience shopping, friendly caller/visitor, home handyman, etc.—and programs—bimonthly Lunch N Life, physical fitness and exercise programs, craft projects, etc.—for residents over the age of 50.
A new Shepherd’s Center of Western Fairfax County (www.SCWFC.org) (SCWFC) has recently been formed with 25 concerned citizen volunteers to serve our elderly residents of Clifton, Centreville, Chantilly, and surrounding neighborhoods. At present, we only have enough volunteers to offer assisted driving for medical appointments and food pickup at the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries food pantry. As more volunteers join us, we plan to grow our services and programs using the SCA model and assistance from the other Centers.
SCWFC has been a tremendous success from its onset. SCWFC progressed from an initial concept and task force to an operating Center in just five months, faster than any other Center in SCA.
Initial forecasts, based on experiences of other Centers, predicted we would make five assisted drives our first month and we hoped to get to twenty drives by our first year's end. In fact, we made ten drives our first month, February 2015, and will complete 50+ drives per month in December 2015.
Client satisfaction and feedback is very positive. Our elderly residents need transportation to get to basic services and Fairfax County cannot fulfill all the needs.
There are a number of ways we can partner to provide much-needed services and programs to enable our elderly residents to re-tire "in place" while still living a life of meaning, importance, and integrity: