The Shepherd’s Center means blessings beyond my ability to count. I fell last August and shattered my shoulder and fractured my pelvis. I was in the hospital for a week and then to Life Care of Orange Park for 6 weeks. During my stay I had so many wonderful visits from my SCOOP buddies, some bearing gifts, cards, flowers and lots of prayer. Today, I am back to work, planning a vacation and best of all back to the Shepherd Center classes. Thanks for all of the love and encouragement. Friends like you make my heart smile.
– Marie Tyre

My wife encouraged me to attend classes. I was negative. Why would I want to sit around with a bunch of old people?  I finally relented. Talk about doing an about face! I now find myself an advocate, even telling my friends in Jax. My iPad class has been a joy. Classmates share, are polite and inquisitive. Our instructor, Ron Bell, doesn’t pretend to know everything, but he shares emails with us to exchange info. What a nice world… it’s SCOOP!
– Bill Basford

The best days of the week are Mondays and Thursdays at the Shepherd’s Center where I meet with friends to share resources and ideas for writing projects. I'm continually astonished at the stories of all the interesting, lively and FUN people I meet. Did I mention laughter – deep, joyful, stomach hurting laughter? Come laugh, learn, and oh yes, I ‘m not afraid to say it – love with the rest of us.
– Cheryl McDavitt

SCOOP has provided dear friends, belly laughs while playing games with my peers, stimulation of the mind, and dancing with the “stars” Each week, On Monday and Thursday, I attend SCOOP classes and on Wednesday and Friday, I work in the SCOOP office. I cherish the time I spend doing what needs to be done to make the organization tick. I am blessed to be a part of this wonderful group.
– Marie Tyre

The Shepherd’s Center is an opportunity to meet and make new friends. People are compassionate, kind and understanding. It gives me a chance to have companionship with others that enjoy some of the same things I do. It picks up my spirit when I am down by doing crafts and having fun with others. SCOOP allows me to share and to help others. 
– Barbara Evans

SCOOP has brought such joy to me. The sessions are fun, informative and a great value for all the classes you can attend for a small price. I love to walk in the door and see the smiles and friendly faces of my new friends.
– Diane Crowe

This is a cheerful, energetic gathering of teachers and learners… full of new ideas, humor and family feeling! And it’s all here in Orange Park and Fleming Island for a tiny, tiny price… amazing! – Sandy Coffey

My husband, Bill, had just retired and I was thinking… Now what? So I made a list of things I wanted to experience or learn before I officially became a senior citizen. While making my list, I found a SCOOP newsletter at a local restaurant and my wonderful “Adventures In Learning” began. I looked forward to Monday classes, found many new friends, and was able to check quite a few items off my list. I even got involved in volunteering. My husband had some health issues and I had to put my adventures on hold. I sure did miss my new family and felt lost without them. Bill is now doing fine and insisted we both register when I told him SCOOP was offering iPad classes. Now here we are and enjoying every moment. I’m back. I could not stay away even if I wanted to. That makes me a repeat offender, I mean attender.
– Alice Basford