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. All three 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:                                                                John Veskerna 

Board Secretary:                                                                        Peggy Strand

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

Staff Members:

Executive Director:                                                            Shari Houser

Program Coordinator:                                                      Vanessa Hiday

Program Coordinator:                                                     Jean Durgan


Know Your Rights

  • The Peninsula Shepherd Center operates its programs without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.  Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practices under Title VI may file a complaint with The Peninsula Shepherd Center.
  •  For more information on the Peninsula Shepherd’s Centers civil rights program, the obligations, and procedures to file a complaint, contact 619-223-1640 or visit our administrative office at 1475 Catalina Blvd.  San Diego, CA 92107   


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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 info@sdpsc.org.