SHIIP Statewide Award Winners Announced

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey presents the SHIIP Statewide County of the Year Award to Nina Arten, Amber Phillips and Trena Palmer, who accepted the award on behalf of Mecklenburg County.

RALEIGH— Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey congratulates the winners of four statewide Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) awards for their outstanding work in providing free, unbiased counseling about Medicare and other health insurance issues to seniors in North Carolina.

“I am humbled by the outstanding services provided to the citizens of North Carolina by our SHIIP volunteers and I congratulate each one of these award winners for their dedication to SHIIP and to the Medicare beneficiaries in their communities,” said Causey. “Without the assistance of our coordinators and volunteers, we would not be able to assist as many people in our great State.” The following award was presented at the Annual North Carolina SHIIP Coordinators’ Training Conference in Raleigh on July 21, 2017: SHIIP County of the Year.

SHIIP’s coordinating sites in Mecklenburg County are The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte and the Tyvola Senior Center. Under the leadership of three SHIIP Co-Coordinators, Nina Arten, Amber Phillips and Trena Palmer, SHIIP volunteers provided counseling to 3,088 clients in their county this year. These sites worked together to bring the best possible outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries in Mecklenburg County by conducting over 400 outreach events including presentations, enrollment events and exhibit booths at community events. This is a very active and visible group in their community.



There are several ways you can support the Shepherd’s Center without costing you a penny:

RELINK YOUR HARRIS TEETER VIC CARD! THE SHEPHERD’S CENTER NUMBER IS 3267. Did you know that your Harris Teeter purchases can benefit the Shepherd’s Center? By linking your VIC card to our number (3267), a portion of your purchase cost is donated to us! It’s easy to link (or re-link) your card. You can do it while you’re at Harris Teeter (ask the checker to help you) or online (www.harristeeter.com, click on “Together in Education” and follow the prompts.

Are you an Amazon shopper? Consider AMAZON SMILE! When you shop on Amazon Smile for your Amazon purchases,  Amazon donates to The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte. It’s a win-win! Shepherd’s Center gets a donation and it doesn’t cost you anything! Click here or log in to smile.amazon.com to begin shopping.

Want to make a donation to the Shepherd’s Center? Click on the “Donate” tab at the top of the page, then click the “Donate” button to make a donation using PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll see information on how to donate using a credit or debit card. Please contact us (704-365-1995) if you have questions or need more information.


What’s happening at the Shepherd’s Center?

The Shepherd’s Center staff is eagerly getting ready for:

Trips!  Day trips to visit Korner’s Folly in Kernersville, followed by a light dinner and a drive through the Tanglewood Festival of Lights. Check out the travel section for more information.


“SCAMMERS NEVER REST” workshop: The Shepherd’s Center is pleased to offer two opportunities for your education on “Scammers”. Natalie Wood will share information  about the use of common risky applications, learning to recognize warning signs, and registering for consumer alerts.

Scammers never rest. They search relentlessly for potential victims, and statistics show that they target seniors disproportionately. NC Attorney General Josh Stein has made it his priority to protect the senior population from falling prey to scams, particularly on the Internet. Through its Public Protection Section, the North Carolina Department of Justice offers programs to seniors to educate them on safety on the Internet, including scams, fraud, and ID theft. The goal of this presentation is to educate you on how best to protect yourself from these risks.

To attend please note the following information, and choose one location:

November 15—2pm at Southminster—8919 Park Rd. 28210 Call the SCC to register by November 9th.  704-365-1995 OR

December 17—Noon at Sharon Presbyterian Church – 5201 Sharon Rd. 28210—Cost is $8.50 which includes lunch. Online registration begins November 1. Go to www.Sharonpcusa.org—click on the “events” tab, then “registration” and then “Empty Nesters.”


Recall, organize and capture the thoughts and memories that you want to save for yourself and future generations. This five-hour class will teach you the steps of creating your personal history and simple methods of writing clearly and concisely, even if you haven’t written an essay since your senior year in high school. Class preparation includes mentally inventorying the times of your life you want to capture and writing down names and relationships that have been important to you.

The guest instructor is Susan Dickens, who specializes in communication services that include creative strategy, direction and writing. She has taught a variety of writing classes and has worked with individuals across the spectrum of experience and comfort with writing.

Class information:

  • Limited to 20 students.
  • Class will be held at Brookdale Carriage Club, 5800 Old Providence Rd., 28226. We will meet in the card room.
  • Class date is Monday, November 27, 2017 from 10:00 AM—3:00 PM.
  • Please bring a laptop or paper notebook.

Cost is $20 per person. Mail the registration form below with your check payable to Shepherd’s Center to SCC at 3115 Providence Rd, 28211.

If you have questions or need more information on any of these items, please call the office at 704-365-1995.

Shepherd’s Center’s Savvy Senior Booster Club

It’s not too late to join (or re-join!) the Shepherd’s Center “Savvy Senior” Booster Club for 2017. For a tax-deductible donation of $35.00 or MORE, SCC offers reduced registration costs on all Adventures in Learning and Computer Classes as well as Travel Adventures (day trips) for the entire 2017 year. You can join on any class or travel registration form. If you wish to include a Savvy Senior membership as part of another donation or registration, please make sure you indicate SAVVY SENIORS on your check, to ensure proper credit as a Savvy Senior.


Scholarships Available

Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte offers many educational opportunities for older adults through both our Adventures in Learning and Computer programs. Scholarships are available for individuals who may not be able to pay the modest fees required.  Please contact the SCC office (704-365-1995) for information on eligibility guidelines.

Take advantage of this opportunity yourself or encourage individuals you may know to take advantage of this opportunity.


New payment option! IF your total amount paid is $100.00 or more, you may charge that to a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). Payors may be subject to a 3% convenience fee. Call for more information about this.

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