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Shepherd's Center Topeka

A volunteer seniors organization that enhances physical well-being, spiritual growth, and education for life.

EACH OF US AGES DIFFERENTLY

Members of Shepherd's Center are as diverse as the trees in a forest - there may be many in common and yet a variety can be found, which is why we offer so many different classes and activities to engage members and have so many different ways to volunteer. Some members may be 75 years and you'd never guess since they have the energy and looks of 60; some who are 65 years, may feel like they're 80. As with all stereotypes, "seniors" wish to be valued as unique individuals.

SCT is an affiliate of Shepherd's Centers of America and was started in Topeka, Kansas in 2003.

Shepherd's Center Topeka (SCT) is a community ministry sponsored by over 20 protestant and catholic congregations.  We are open to people of all faiths, as well as those without a church affiliation, with the only requirement being that members must be 55 years or older. Located at 4101 SW 15th Street, Topeka, KS 66604, take the Gage exit off of I-470 or I-70 to 15th & Gage, turn west at the stoplight. SCT is inside the Lowman United Methodist Church on the southwest corner. SCT's capstone program Adventures in Learning! is hosted there four months of the year. The rest of the time, participants engage in different group activities occuring on a regular schedule throughout each month, and hosted at sponsoring congregations or community partners. 

Shepherd's Center is operated by members who volunteer their time and talent under the guidance of a paid consultant/director. Our mission is serving the people we walk beside, helping members to remain active, continually exercising, both mentally and physically, growing spiritually, and staying involved in our community. Participating in classes and activities is essential to building relationships and strengthens this social ministry. 

Shepherd's Center is fully aware of how blessed it is as an organization. We build on that comradery by being a blessing to another nonprofit. Each year we do fundraising by supporting a local charity. 


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FUNDING

Shepherd's Center Topeka is a 501 (c)(3) and its sole source of income comes from donations from sponsoring church congregations and the participants themselves. In 2018 SCT became a dues-based organization to provide a stable source of revenue in exchange for member benefits. In addition to this income, we welcome donations from anyone wishing to support SCT's mission which has proven to make a difference in the quality of life of aging adults.