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, SCHC’s role in the community and scope of service has evolved and expanded.
We encourage all individuals to make a difference in the lives of older adults. Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County 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 2015, Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County adopted a new strategic plan to grow the organization due to the increase in the older adult population in Hamilton County. The Board hired Executive Director, Lauren Guynn, JD/LCSW, to help the organization serve more older adults than ever before.
Our founding social program is Together Today. 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 to age in place safely. In 2017, under Lauren Guynn’s leadership, SCHC added the Reaching Resources Program. Reaching Resources connects older adults with all available aging resources in our community.