Who We Are
Northland Shepherd’s Center is a non-profit agency with 501(C)(3) designation. We are funded through grants, individual, and business donations, 60 supporting faith-based organizations, United Way, & fundraising events. We also have an Endowment Fund which provides financial stability for long-term operations and expansion. Our office acts as a clearinghouse to unite older adults with services and agencies in our community.
Northland Shepherd’s Center (NSC) is celebrating 33 years of providing meaning and purpose for adults (60-plus).
The original Shepherd’s Center concept originated in 1974 in Kansas City, MO, when Rev. Dr. Elbert C. Cole formed a coalition of civic leaders to consider “aging in America.” Rev. Cole saw the mature years as an opportunity for healthy, concerned adults to engage in educational enrichment in their communities.
Additionally, active 60-plus adults could volunteer to help the frail older adults. These universal principles – compassion, cooperation, and service to others – became the basis for the first “Shepherd’s Center.” In 1990, five dedicated Kansas City Northland citizens created Shepherd’s Center of the Northland following Dr. Cole’s original concept.
To improve the quality of life for adults (60-plus), helping them thrive in the community and remain in their homes.
NSC Board of Directors
Reta Gaebler, Vice-President
Bonnie Smith, Secretary
Dr. John Burroughs, Assistant Secretary
Nancy Frazee, Treasurer
Todd Hess, Executive Director
Dr. Bruce Kauk
Dr. James Stewart