The Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke is a “not for profit” organization, 501(c)3, that helps older adults continue to live independently in their own homes. A variety of support services and enrichment programs are provided by older adult volunteers who use the knowledge and skills acquired over their lifetimes to offer assistance to their peers.
Programs are conducted at various Faith Communities in the Fairfax-Burke area. Each is described in the relevant section of this website. The services that the Center offers are also described elsewhere in this website.
The Shepherd’s Center office is located at 4019 Olley Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032.
Inquiries are welcomed at telephone number 703-323-4788.
Adventures in Learning (AIL)
In the Spring and in the Fall each year, The Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax Burke organizes a six week study course, one day per week, with a broad variety of classes. The day traditionally commences with exercise classes for seniors and continues with interesting speakers that offer insights into a broad spectrum of subjects, such as local history, geography, science, politics and much more. A modest enrollment fee is levied. Details for the scheduled AIL classes are provided through the SCFBVA website, newsletter and regular correspondence.
Lunch 'N Life
Six times every year the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke offers a luncheon to all its clients. This is hosted at one of our Faith Community Partners locations and is followed by a guest speaker. These speakers have varied from Harmony Singers to Broadcast Personnel to Historians or favorite authors. The events are typically well attended although we have a maximum capacity of 250 folk. Luncheons are on the third Thursday of odd numbered months and a modest charge is levied for the luncheon. Transportation is provided for those who are unable to drive.
Drivers are scheduled five days every week to take older adults no longer able to drive to hospitals or other medical appointments. This service is available free of charge to all clients over 50 years of age residing in Burke or Fairfax, although trips frequently go outside these boundaries to regional hospitals doctor's offices, etc. The SCFB office is occupied by a dispatcher every weekday morning and some afternoons. Backup answering machines ensure that no calls are missed. Drives can be ordered by calling the SCFB office at least three business days ahead of the appointment.
The Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke offers a companion shopping trip to clients over 50 years of age who no longer drive. Trips are scheduled Tuesday afternoons or Friday mornings and follow similar procedures as those for medical drives, except five days notice is preferred and trips are restricted to within the center boundaries (Fairfax and Burke). There is no charge levied for the service and those clients with physical handicaps are escorted through the aisles of the store for assistance with high shelves and low carts. Clients can be taken to a variety of destinations other than stores, such as the bank, the hairdresser or the library.
Friendly Caller/Visitor Program
Our caring, dependable, adult volunteers are all managed by a professional nurse. These volunteers telephone or visit clients who are homebound and maybe no longer be able to get out. Visits are typically once a week, at a regularly scheduled time. The focus of this service is to assure our clients that they are being cared for and that someone is thinking about them. Apart from providing some companionship, it helps assist older adults in maintaining connections within their community. Those interested in receiving or supplying such assistance are urged to contact the Center’s office at 703-323-4788.
Wednesday at the Movies
The Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax Burke offers a monthly visit to a cinema in the area to view a selected movie. The day chosen is the second Wednesday of each month and the cinema is the “Cinema Arts Theater” on Picket Road. The cinema offers discounted tickets on Wednesdays. The group meets after the movie outside the cinema to discuss the merits of the featured film. Transportation is provided for those needing it. Full details, including the selected movie if one calls the week of the second Wednesday of the month, can be obtained from the SCFB office at (703) 323 4788.
Dementia Caregiver Support
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month (as well as the 3rd Wednesday) to provide information and encouragement to those caring for someone with dementia. This could be the spouse, other family member or a friend or those who would like to learn more about providing care giving to a person with a disorder that affects memory and cognition and may also impact behavior and physical abilities. Meetings are once a month and three optional days provided. Please contact the SCFB's office if you are interested in attending.
Monday and Friday Morning Exercise Classes
The gentle Exercise Classes meet on Mondays and Fridays at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. Classes meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The registration fee varies depending on the number of classes per session. The fee for a six week session is $15.00. Registrations are accepted during the first week of classes. Please check the SCFB calendar for specific exercise class dates or call the SCFB office, 703-323-4788 for additional information.
Through this recently added program, SCFB offers overseas travel opportunites for interested individuals. Overseas trip are scheduled annually and are arranged through a well regarded travel agency. Information on the destination and logistics of the annual trip will be provided through the SCFB website, newsletter, and regular communnications. Ron Qualley is the Program Manager for this new program.