A community that honors, respects and cares for older adults.
Our Mission Statement
Peninsula Shepherd Center (PSC) provides a support system so that older adults, age 60 and over, may live independently and self-sufficiently in their own homes for as long as possible, while providing opportunities to learn, socialize and serve.
Peninsula Shepherd Center is modeled after the Shepherd's Center of America, providing services and programs for older adults based upon the needs within the local community.
PSC seniors live in the San Diego neighborhoods of Point Loma
(92106), Ocean Beach (92107) and Midway/Sports Arena (92110). The
60 and over population represents 18.1 percent of the total population in these neighborhoods, significantly higher than the San Diego County average.
History of Shepherd's Centers
The Shepherd's Centers idea was conceived in 1972 by Dr. Elbert C. Cole, Pastor of the Central Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, as a concept of linking older people together so that identified needs can be met and life can be enriched with meaning and dignity. This concept is based on recognizing the whole being and the entire body - the mental, physical, and spiritual uniqueness of each person. PSC seeks to mobilize seniors, by providing them with community resources for "life maintenance, life enrichment, life reconstruction and life celebration".
Located throughout the United States, each Shepherd's Center provides specific programs and services designed to fit the needs of seniors within the neighborhood it serves.
Most Shepherd's Centers have an Executive Director and a Board of Directors who rely on their volunteers to help determine what programs and services will be offered in their communities. The Board of Directors and Executive Director serve to develop and organize the programs. Careful not to duplicate services within the community, Shepherd's Centers often serve as facilitators, working with existing organizations to enhance programs or fill in where things have "fallen through the cracks."
A non-profit organization, Shepherd's Centers receive their funding from foundations, grants, and donations. Currently there are approximately 100 Shepherd's Centers in the US.
The San Diego Peninsula Shepherd Center started in Point Loma in the early 1980's when Rev. Dr. Robert W. McCellan, at the Point Loma Presbyterian Church, was studying aging and discovered the Shepherd's Center concept. John Tisdale was the first Director in 1985. Jean Durgan took on the role in 1992 and for 18 years was the face of PSC.
As of today, the Executive Director is Shari Houser. Along side her is both Program Coordinators, Vanessa Hiday and Jean Durgan and Health & Wellness Coordinator, Colleen Cook. All four work together to keep the program on track with it's goals and mission.
Dr. Elbert C. Cole, Founder of the Shepherd's Centers of America
Board President: Gerald Sanders
Board Vice President: Betty Wells
Board Secretary: John Veskerna
Board Treasurer: Stan Follis
All Souls' Episcopal Church: Peggy Strand
Peninsula YMCA: Patrick Oberg
Ocean Beach First Baptist Church: Colleen Cook
Saint Charles Boromeo Parish: Sandra Findling
Saint Peter's by the Sea: Betty Wells
PLCPC - Adult Ministries: Elaine Burrell
Peninsula Woman's Club: Lee Sharp
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church: Janice Teixeira
Saint Agnes Roman Catholic Church: John Veskerna
Certified Public Accountant: John W. Pearson, M.A. CPA
Executive Director: Shari Houser
Program Coordinator: Vanessa Hiday
Program Coordinator: Jean Durgan
Senior Health & Wellness Coordinator: Colleen Cook
Know Your Rights
Click on the Link to the left to download the Title VI form.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs & activities receiving Federal financial assistance (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d).
PSC is committed to practicing non-discrimination. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination you may file a complaint with the PSC Title VI coordinator at 619-223-1640 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.