ABOUT US 2018-02-07T10:00:01+00:00

Our Story

In 1972, Dr. Kenneth Cole, a pastor in Missouri, conceived the idea of a voluntary organization to assist older adults to continue living in their homes. From this idea stemmed the first Shepherd’s Center in Kansas, Missouri. The Shepherd’s Centers of America grew to over 50 centers in North America.

Realizing the growing need for quality programs in Hamilton County, Indiana, a Shepherd’s Center was started in 1985 to provide enrichment opportunities for adults 55 years of age and older. Over the years, the Center’s role in the community and scope of service has evolved and expanded. Today, we offer programs that foster lifestyle enrichment and independent living including free direct services to older adults with the use of caring volunteers supplied by local churches.

We encourage all individuals to make a difference in the lives of senior citizens. Shepherd’s Center is an advocate for older adults by ministering to their spiritual, physical, and personal well-being.
Although Shepherd’s Center is an inter-faith organization, participants are not required to belong to any church or religious organization.

In 2009, the Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County added the Community Caring Program.  With the Community Caring Program, SCHC arranges for volunteers to provide key services to seniors who need extra support with aging in place.  Volunteers help older adults with many different services like changing light bulbs, budgeting monthly bills, or light housekeeping.  The Community Caring volunteers are committed to giving back to seniors by building strong relationships with the seniors they help.

Our Board of Directors

Julia Lowe, President

Susan Hargrove, Secretary

Pastor Brian Derrer

Susan Wack, Vice-President

Delphia E. Croft, Past President

Mary Pat McKee

Ryan Fuhrmann, Treasurer

William M. Howell

Anna Howard

Meet Our Staff

LAUREN GUYNNExecutive Director
Lauren began her career in non-profit program management and development in 2007 with the National MS Society. While pursuing her law degree, she worked at the Indiana Bar Foundation and Indiana Pro Bono Commission. With a Master’s degree in social work and law degree, she joined SCHC in 2015 to merge her education and professional experiences.
NANCY BELCHER-SCHELLDirector of Operations
Nancy is a lifelong resident of Hamilton County. She graduated from the IU Kelly School of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing. She has been working directly with seniors for the past 10 years. She has served SCHC faithfully in many capacities, including Board Member, Executive Director, and now Director of Operations.
WANDA SMITHDirector of Programs
Wanda has a passion for seniors and started her career as a geriatric nurse since 1986. She began her work with Community Caring in 2006 and then joined SCHC in 2009 when the program transferred to the Shepherd’s Center. Now, Wanda continues to care for seniors by overseeing Community Caring, Together Today, and SCHC’s other programs.
2016 Annual Report