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Posted by Positive Aging Community on 02/09/2022

How Shepherds Centers are working together to change aging in America!

A network of over 55 affiliate centers across the U.S. Each center offers a continuum of enriching services to over 165,000 individuals every day designed to help older adults remain living in their own homes and communities, including:

  • support services such as transportation
  • handy helpers
  • friendly visits
  • grocery shopping


  • Sarah Cheney, Executive Director, SCA , National 
  • Carolyn Pennington, Executive Director, SCNOVA, Vienna, Dunn Loring Oakton, Reston, Herndon, Great Falls
  • Rhiannon Duck, Executive Director, SCFB, Fairfax, Burke, South County
  • Barbara Gatorian, Board Chair, SCAS, Annandale, Springfield
  • Carol Edelstein, Secretary/ Board Member, SCMAFC, McLean, Arlington, Falls Church
  • Travis White, Executive Director/ Board Chair, SCWF, Chantilly, Centreville

Questions Asked:

  • Is there a Shepherd's Center in Maryland?  What are the 17 states that have them.
  • Where are the locations listed on the internet
  • Who would we contact to start a shepherd center?
  • How do you compare to the Village Movement throughout the country and world
  • Is this concept similar to the Village concept?
  • Rhiannon, can you speak to handy helpers? What does that service intale?
  • Are the meals daily? Is there a cost for meals? Is there a menu for what meals include?
  • How do your centers handle the insurance issues for possible liability when driving others to appoints?
  • How did the name come to be?

Chat Transcript:

12:06:21     From  Melissa Bressler : Melissa Bressler, Outreach Manager for HandyPro of Washington DC Metropolitan / melissa@handypro.com / 301-960-9830 / Free consultations for home modifications serving Maryland, Washington DC, Northern VA and West Virginia.

12:06:35     From  Elizabeth Korondy : I love volunteering for SCNOVA!!  Hi Carolyn!!

12:07:24     From  Carla Andersen : Good Wednesday All. I am Carla Andersen RN of Happy Hearts Home Care. I am using my hubby Marcus's computer and may be showing up as him. smoothmovesbodywork@yahoo.com                                smoothmovesbodywork.com                   Happy to be here.

12:07:37     From  Emily Braley : Hi from NV Rides- we LOVE our Shepherd's Center partners! :-) Excited to hear this conversation. ~Emily

12:07:49     From  Kathy Pechan   to   Hosts and panelists : Kathy Pechan, LCSW-C, mental health provider, caringconnection.health

12:08:24     From  Nancy VanBenschoten : Nancy VanBenschoten - Director of Business Development - Arete Rehab - in house therapy provided to older adults in their homes( wherever home is ALF, Independent, ADH programs. Medicare Part B, adbantage plans, Medicaid. Arete Rehab has expanded into Montgomery County ,PA. If you have any additional questions - nvanbenschoten@areterehab.com 978-971-6551

12:08:45     From  Ellen Pincus : Ellen Pincus Community Ambassador with Silverado Memory Care Assisted Living in Alexandria VA. 571-775-9408 ellen.pincus@silverado.com.

12:09:05     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Kathy Pechan to All Panelists 12:07 PM

Kathy Pechan, LCSW-C, mental health provider, caringconnection.health

12:09:22     From  Cheryl Calvert : Cheryl Calvert RN. Clinical Liaison Chesapeake Bay Aquatic and Physical Therapy. 443-791-4274

12:09:46     From  Jennifer Hammer : Hello all!  Jennifer Hammer from Silvernest.  We are a technology platform that supports homesharing.  Homesharing helps open up affordable housing options and enables people to age in their homes and earn extra income.  jennifer@silvernest.com

12:10:09     From  Erin OReilly : Hi from Erin O'Reilly, SCNOVA Operations/ Volunteer Manager. Excited to hear from SC's today!

12:10:24     From  Travis White   to   Hosts and panelists : Steve, I am not up on the panel screen.  I logged in to the only link I received so I am seeing the program

12:11:06     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook   to   Travis White and all panelists : ok I will promote you to the panel

12:11:51     From  Cecilia Herron   to   Hosts and panelists : Hi:

12:12:19     From  Cecilia Herron   to   Hosts and panelists : Cecilia Herron / Service Coordinator/ National Church Residents/ Fort Myers, FL / 0239sc@nationalchurchresidents.org

12:15:14     From  Olive Freeman : To Host, Panelists, Everyone,  From Olive Freeman, Senior Care Management Advocate

12:15:27     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Olive Freeman to Everyone 12:15 PM

To Host, Panelists, Everyone,  From Olive Freeman, Senior Care Management Advocate

12:19:02     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Find a shepherd center https://www.shepherdcenters.org/find-a-center/

12:22:04     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Sarah Cheney <Sarah@shepherdcenters.org>

12:24:51     From  Jessica Bittner : Jessica Bittner , Service Navigator for Partners In Care that offers transportation and maintenance for older adults in Washington, Frederick, Montgomery and Anne Arundel Counties in Maryland ;  Jessicabittner@partnersincare.org 410-547-0103

12:28:25     From  Christy MacCormack : Shepherd centers seem to be an amazing resource for older adults! We would love to work along side you. Christy@naborforce.com

12:29:47     From  Joy Loverde   to   Hosts and panelists : Thank you, Steve - sorry I have to leave now.

12:40:36     From  Mary Lee Anderson : Mary Lee Anderson from Senior Services of Alexandria - we support older adults in the City of Alexandria through Meals on Wheels, DOT paratransit program, Grocery Delivery, Friendly Visitors, Animeals, Senior Ambassadors, Speaker Series, Senior Law Day and other education/information programs.

12:43:15     From  Sarah McGowan   to   Hosts and panelists : Sarah McGowan - I am with the Dulles Area Transportation Association - we recruit bilingual volunteer and veteran volunteer drivers - they are sent through NVRides to Shepherd Centers in NoVA!

12:43:30     From  Sarah McGowan   to   Hosts and panelists : smcgowan@datatrans.org

12:44:53     From  Catherine Narro : Excellent information so far! thank you! Catherine Narro Sencura Homecare of Northern VA 703.880.2547 catherine@sencura.com

12:45:05     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Sarah McGowan - I am with the Dulles Area Transportation Association - we recruit bilingual volunteer and veteran volunteer drivers - they are sent through NVRides to Shepherd Centers in NoVA!


12:53:07     From  William Schroth : Scott Schroth, Board Chair SCNOVA, boardchair@scnova.org.  Many thanks to all the SC leaders for presenting our unified mission in the region. I think I can speak for all inviting anyone to contact us for more information or to talk about our programs and services and synergies that might arise with your organizations or clients.

12:57:21     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : SCNOVA

541 Marshall Road, SW

Vienna, VA 22180

(703) 281-0538




4019 Olley Lane

Fairfax, VA22032

(703) 323-4788



12:57:31     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : SCAS

7610 Newcastle Drive

Rooms 212 & 213

Annandale, VA 22003

(703) 941-1419



12:57:40     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : SCMAFC

1205 Dolley Madison Blvd

McLean, VA 22101

(703) 506-2199




14426 Albermarle Point Pl

Chantilly, VA 20151

(703) 246-5920



12:59:11     From  Sarah McGowan : No worries!  You are great partners!

13:04:00     From  Joanne Johnson   to   Hosts and panelists : Christ is The Good Shepherd

13:04:34     From  Toni Sanger   to   Hosts and panelists : Thank you so much! God bless you all! ❤️????

13:04:39     From  Olive Freeman : From Olive Freeman,  Thanks Steve and Panelists

13:04:39     From  Robyn Hall : This was an awesome information session. Thank you very much!

13:04:41     From  Jennifer Hammer : Great information - thanks, all!

13:05:33     From  Michelle Caudill : This was extremely helpful, so thank you to everyone today!  What a great cause to help our beloved seniors!

13:05:47     From  Melissa Bressler : Thank you so much! This is such a valuable resource!

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