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.