Mission: The shepherd's center of webster/kirkwood, inc. Is an interfaith volunteer organization that provides programs and services for older adults. Our goal is to enable seniors to continue vital and independent lives.
Programs: Adventures in learning - a series of classes that include a focus on health, wellness and well being. These sessions include tai chi, dance exercise, stay strong stay health, book reviews, discussion groups, etc. Our classes offer a welcoming and socially interactive day out which helps to alleviate loneliness and isolation. In 2014, there were 396 participants attending at all three sites. We had 33 volunteers on the planning committee and 27 weekly volunteers who gave 785 volunteer hours. Additionally we had 152 participants in the special interest classes, this includes 18 participants in the juliets social luncheons and 15 book club participants. Both groups meet monthly. Adventures in learning (strategic expansion) in 2011 we hired a strategic expansion coordinator to develop programming in other locations with the focus on the ail progrom model. Scwks goal is to create new ail communities that will reach more older adults and to bridge the socio-economic and ethnic divisions of the webster-kirkwood community. With this goal in mind, scwk is specifically targeting diverse populations of seniors in the webster-kirkwood region. Classes have begun at harrison avenue missionary baptist church (hambc) in kirkwood in september of 2011, douglas manor (dm) in north webster in june of 2012 and rose hill in 2013. Many classes are health and wellness focused, including 18 participants in weight training classes. During 2013, there were 194 participants and 35 volunteers on the committee who gave 470 volunteer hours among the three separate locations. Shepherd's travelers - these active seniors enjoy one-day trips in the community. One of our volunteer leaders plans metrolink trips. Trips are offered as they are developed by volunteer leaders. In 2014, we had 168 participants for 11 shepherd's travelers trips.
handy hands - volunteers provide minor home repairs to older adults who are unable to do so. The focus of this service is repair, maintenance and safety to homeowners (within our service area). In 2014, we provided 6 minor home repairs done by 7 volunteers. Chores galore - weekend yard cleanup is provided to older adults during the fall and spring. Youth groups and other community groups provide this service with the assistance of their leaders. In 2014, 107 volunteers serviced 41 yards for senior neighbors.
resource center - a telephone service offers help to seniors, children of seniors, friends and pastors. Volunteers assist in locating professional agencies and services. In 2014, 13 resource center volunteers answered 3,404+ calls for resources.
transportation ministry - transportation to appointments is a critical link to independence. Scwks transportation ministry offers free rides to medical, dental and therapy appointments to independent, ambulatory older adults aged 55+ in the webster-kirkwood region. Drivers are trained and insured volunteers. Rides are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis once per week on tuesdays, wednesdays and thursdays. All riders must register with the scwk transportation ministry before rides are scheduled. In 2014, we had 95 volunteers who drove 10,716 miles, donated 1,193 volunteer hours and completed 506 round trips for 228 different registered riders to their medical appointments.
In 2013 the Shepherd's Center of Webster/Kirkwood, Inc. (SCWK) celebrated 15 years of programs and services to older adults in the St. Louis Community. We are members of Shepherd's Centers of America which started over 40 years ago in Kansas City, MO by Dr. Elbert Cole. Currently there are approximately 70 centers across the nation. Dr. Cole had the foresight of the age wave of boomers to come or "seniors in the making" and started this grassroots movement of neighbors helping neighbors all aimed at continued independence. The SCWK has a relevant mission, strong board, incredible volunteer base, depth of many years of staff non-profit experience and continued stellar leadership. All of this passion has created and supported our excellent reputation as a "go to" resource for enabling senior vitality, social engagement and continued independence...because that is what we do!