Shepherd’s Center Initiates 2 New Programs for Seniors


The Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church is seeking volunteers for two new programs they started to benefit senior adults living in the region who find it difficult to leave their homes.

The Friendly Visitor program will match volunteers to seniors who would like a visit periodically and The Friendly Caller program will allow seniors to receive a call from a volunteer to let them know they have not been forgotten and to remind them to call the Shepherd’s Center if they need help.

Both programs allow for flexibility for both volunteers and senior adults. For more information or to volunteer, call 703-506-2199 or email

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Shepherd’s Center Wins Prestigious Sternberger Social Justice Award

The Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church, located in McLean, Virginia, was presented the 2014 Rabbi Richard S. Sternberger Social Justice Award at a ceremony on Friday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia.

The late Rabbi Sternberger established the award in 1992 to keep alive his profound commitment to social activism and Tikkun Olam, a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world”. He was deeply involved in the Civil Rights movement during the 1960’s with all the personal and professional risk that involved. He unflinchingly preached sermons to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Rabbi Sternberger never forgot that the search for the divine and for human spirituality is inseparable from the search for a just society.

This year’s award recipient, the Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church, was chosen to recognize the center’s dedication to issues of social justice in our community. The Shepherd’s Center provides services and opportunities to enable those 50 years of age and older to maintain and improve their quality of life and enhance their lives by allowing them to stay in their homes as long as possible and as safely as possible. Among the services the Shepherd’s Center provides include transportation (to and from medical and therapy appointments, the pharmacy and grocery store), handy helpers (minor repairs inside and outside their homes) and friendly callers (to homebound individuals for reassurance and companionship).

These services for seniors in our community qualified the Shepherd’s Center to receive the 2014 Rabbi Richard S. Sternberger Social Justice Award.

The Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church can be reached in McLean at (703) 506-2199 or at