Diversity

One of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond’s guiding principles is that “we seek to be welcoming, inclusive, and diverse.”  The demonstrations over the past weeks have stressed the importance of this principle.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”  We must be determined to face each of life’s problems and find solutions that honor all people.

The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many more have triggered anger, hurt, fear, confusion and despair throughout the world.  At The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond our hearts and prayers go out to the black community, our black TSCOR families and the families of those who have been directly affected by the senseless acts of violence we have witnessed on our TV screens.  When one hurts, we all hurt.  That statement is no truer than at this moment.

As an organization we stand committed to embracing all people in our community.  Our priority is to provide a service to the generation that has laid the foundation for future generations. It is because of the wisdom, care, and guidance of our senior population that we find ourselves dedicated to creating programs that give them independence and love during their later years.

TSCOR is focused on creating diversity within our organization.  In 2018, a Diversity Committee was formed.  The committee’s goal is to attract and include a more diverse membership and offer services to neighborhoods that we have not impacted in the past.  The committee started its initiative last year by meeting with several churches and black leaders to strategize how TSCOR can align itself with urban neighborhoods.  And we plan to continue this effort.

In 2019, the Board of Directors unanimously elected TSCOR’s first black board member, Stephanie Churchill.  Just recently, she was elected to serve as Vice President (and thus as President-elect) beginning July 1, 2020.   We believe that Stephanie will bring unique, forward-thinking ideas that can be used to help grow and expand TSCOR.

Our pledge to our community is to do all we can to represent diversity and inclusion in fulfilling our mission to encourage older adults to remain active and independent through enrichment programs and volunteer service to their peers.

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The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond Begins New Membership Year

Friends of TSCOR,                                                                   July 1, 2020

I hope everyone is doing well during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history. With everything we are seeing in the world today, TSCOR, more than ever, wants to demonstrate its commitment to older adults in our community. Creating and maintaining programs and services that offer lifestyle enrichment to our members is our top priority and we hope you will join us.

Membership runs from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Becoming a member means you contribute to the continuation of a wonderful organization that supports the well-being of older adults. During this pandemic, organizational survival has become paramount. There are countless small businesses and non-profits in jeopardy. TSCOR has been lucky so far and believes that we will come out okay on the other side, but that will be easier with you as a supporting member.

Membership is only $25.00 – I bet you saved that much in gas these past four months!  And there are benefits too, but the most important one is your belief in the benefits TSCOR brings to older adults. Your support is especially important now, so please renew, or begin, your membership today.

Annual Membership Is Only $25

Benefits of membership:

  • Free admittance to all Open University lunch speakers
  • Reduced Open University tuition
  • Reduced travel rates on TSCOR trips
  • Receive the TSCOR newsletter, Gray Matters
  • Invitation to the Annual Volunteer Celebration

What You Give:

  • Support to our service programs: we provide seniors with free rides to medical appointments and grocery stores, as well as Handyman help and Friendly Callers
  • Support to our lifelong learning programs Open University and Lunch & Life

What You Do:

  • Improve and enrich the lives of older adults by supporting TSCOR’S mission: Encouraging older adults to remain active and independent through enrichment programs and volunteer service to their peers.

We use this time of year to encourage membership so that in the fall, when the Open University begins, everyone will be ready to enjoy its benefits. You are more than welcome to wait and include your membership with your tuition payment if you prefer. You can pay online here. And finally, I encourage everyone to subscribe to our website to receive the course schedule via email in August, as well as information you’ll want to know throughout the year.

Thank you,

Julie Adams-Buchanan, Executive Director

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Happy Juneteenth!

Our own Bernie Henderson, president-elect, was featured today in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Well done, Bernie!

Celebrate Juneteenth as Freedom Day for all

BernieAs a white male Southerner who is just days away from his 70th birthday, I am excited that Juneteenth might become a state holiday in Virginia.

Since I was a child, I have had the belief that unless all people are free, none of us is free. Juneteenth is a benchmark for the beginning of freedom in our nation. It is where our work in progress legally began. While Juneteenth’s significance to African American citizens is paramount, there is no better time for all of us to celebrate freedom.

We can continue to refer to it as Juneteenth, just as we know what the Fourth of July is. But as I prefer to refer to the Fourth of July as Independence Day, I personally am going to refer to Juneteenth as Freedom Day. On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our nation’s independence; on Juneteenth, we celebrate our citizens’ freedom.

Juneteenth and the Fourth of July — Freedom Day and Independence Day. We have a lot to celebrate and a lot of work to do.

– Bernard L. Henderson Jr.

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TSCOR on the Radio

VPM/NPR did a little news story about our Friendly Callers (aka, Volunteer Drivers).  Listen to and see the story here.

Thank you to all of our volunteers involved in caring for our clients.  You are truly angels on earth!  And special thanks to Jan Simmons (board member, driver, student) for her part in the story.

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Part 2 of Open University Class “Modern Masters of Printmaking” Held Today

Join us today for Part 2 of Colleen Yarger’s Open University online class, Modern Masters of Printmaking. Class begins at 10 a.m. See you at the OU!

Modern Masters of Printmaking: Part 2

    • Thursday, May 21
    • 10:00 AM
    • Zoom class link is here
    • If you are having trouble hearing, call in at:  +1 646 558 8656
    • Meeting ID: 857 7953 6298
    • Password: 582057
    • Instructor: Colleen Yarger, PhD, assistant curator, European Art and the Mellon Collections, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

For complete information read here.

Have questions or need help with Zoom? Please contact Erin Reibel, Shepherd’s Center Lifelong Learning Coordinator, at ereibel@tscor.org

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Part 2 of Open University Class, “Japanese Prints” Held Today

Join us today for Part 2 of William Neer’s Open University online class, Japanese Prints in History, Art, and Popular Culture. Class begins at 10 a.m. See you at the OU!

Japanese Prints in History, Art, and Popular Culture: Part 2

    • Monday, May 18
    • 10:00 AM
    • Zoom class link is here
    • If you are having trouble hearing, call in at:  +1 646 558 8656
    • Meeting ID: 857 7953 6298
    • Password: 582057
    • Instructor: William Neer, curatorial assistant for exhibitions, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

For complete information read here.

Have questions or need help with Zoom? Please contact Erin Reibel, Shepherd’s Center Lifelong Learning Coordinator, at ereibel@tscor.org

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Second Open University Online Class TODAY!

It’s Thursday! Do you know what that means? It means it’s the perfect day to begin a second Open University online class! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. All you have to do is plant yourself in front of the computer, find your thinking cap, and join us – virtually – for Part 1 of Modern Masters of Printmaking. Class begins at 10:00 am. (By the way, did you know singing enhances neural synapse function and computer connection speeds? Start off this perfect day with a little Doris Day, because we’re all “Gonna take a Modern Masters Journey…”)

Modern Masters of Printmaking: Part 1

    • Thursday, May 14
    • 10:00 AM
    • Zoom class link is here
    • If you are having trouble hearing, call in at:  +1 646 558 8656
    • Meeting ID: 857 7953 6298
    • Password: 582057
    • Instructor: Colleen Yarger, PhD, assistant curator, European Art and the Mellon Collections, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

For complete information read here.

Have questions or need help with Zoom? Please contact Erin Reibel, Shepherd’s Center Lifelong Learning Coordinator, at ereibel@tscor.org

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SECOND Open University Online Class Starts THURSDAY!

Remember to join us – virtually – this Thursday, May 14, as Colleen Yarger kicks off our second Open University online class. And while you’re marking that on your calendar, be sure to pencil in Part 2 of Modern Masters of Printmaking for Thursday, May 21. Actually, go ahead and use a pen. You don’t want to miss this!

Modern Masters of Printmaking: Part 1

    • Thursday, May 14
    • 10:00 AM
    • Zoom class link is here
    • If you are having trouble hearing, call in at:  +1 646 558 8656
    • Meeting ID: 857 7953 6298
    • Password: 582057
    • Instructor: Colleen Yarger, PhD, assistant curator, European Art and the Mellon Collections, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

For complete information read here.

Have questions or need help with Zoom? Please contact Erin Reibel, Shepherd’s Center Lifelong Learning Coordinator, at ereibel@tscor.org

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First Open University Online Class TODAY!

Good Monday morning to you! Fix that ‘cuppa, boot up your preferred source of cutting-edge technology, find your thinking cap, and join us – virtually – for today’s Zoom Open University! Class begins at 10:00 am. Don’t be late! (And remember, William Neer offers Part 2 of this class the following Monday, May 18.) So, with all due apologies to Judy and Frank, “have yourselves a merry little Zoom class” and “we’ll be seeing you in all the new, exciting places…”

Japanese Prints in History, Art, and Popular Culture: Part 1

    • Monday, May 11
    • 10:00 AM
    • Zoom class link is here
    • If you are having trouble hearing, call in at:  +1 646 558 8656
    • Meeting ID: 857 7953 6298
    • Password: 582057
    • Through a series of two sessions, this course will explore Japanese woodblock prints in visual culture from the 16th century to the present day. Participants will learn about the printmaking process, major artists and subjects, explore connections between Japanese prints and Western art movements, and discover the role that prints played in Japan’s journey from small island nation to modern cultural and economic center.
    • Instructor: William Neer, curatorial assistant for exhibitions, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

For complete information read here.

Have questions or need help with Zoom? Please contact Erin Reibel, Shepherd’s Center Lifelong Learning Coordinator, at ereibel@tscor.org

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Open University Online Class MONDAY!

Remember to join us – virtually – this coming Monday for the first of our OU Online classes! William Neer offers Part 2 of this class the following Monday, May 18.

Japanese Prints in History, Art, and Popular Culture: Part 1

    • Monday, May 11
    • 10:00 AM
    • Zoom class link is here
    • If you are having trouble hearing, call in at:  +1 646 558 8656
    • Meeting ID: 857 7953 6298
    • Password: 582057
    • Through a series of two sessions, this course will explore Japanese woodblock prints in visual culture from the 16th century to the present day. Participants will learn about the printmaking process, major artists and subjects, explore connections between Japanese prints and Western art movements, and discover the role that prints played in Japan’s journey from small island nation to modern cultural and economic center.
    • Instructor: William Neer, curatorial assistant for exhibitions, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

For complete information read here.

Have questions or need help with Zoom? Please contact Erin Reibel, Shepherd’s Center Lifelong Learning Coordinator, at ereibel@tscor.org

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