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Our mission is to empower mid-life and older adults to live healthy, engaged and independent lives.

Shepherd’s Center Central (SCC) was incorporated in 1972. Dr. Elbert Cole, then pastor at Central United Methodist Church, discovered a deep yearning for life long learning in the older members of his church, and a hunger for ways to stay connected to their community.


Dr. Cole founded Shepherd’s Center as an interfaith organization in partnership with 25 congregations. Although no longer affiliated with any religious organization, we still empower volunteers to help enhance the lives of other older adults through learning opportunities and offering services to the community.


In January of 2013, SCC and Westport Cooperative Services merged into one organization under the Shepherd’s Center Central name, since both organizations had similar missions and programs. By merging, the areas served have combined resources and grown to better serve the community.

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