The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem receives grant from The Leon Levine Foundation

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 9, 2020

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The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem has announced that The Leon Levine Foundation’s board of directors approved a grant for the Center’s Minor Home Repair Program.

President of The Leon Levine Foundation Tom Lawrence said, “We are excited to support a mission so closely aligned with the vision of our founder. The Shepherd’s Center has a rich history of providing services to seniors and playing a key role in keeping them in their homes which enables greater self-sufficiency.”

Sam Matthews, executive director of the Shepherd’s Center added, “The funding from The Leon Levine Foundation will allow us to improve the quality of life of hundreds of older adults in our community by providing essential repairs for those we serve. This significant support will enable us to serve numerous older adults who wish to remain independent in a safe and familiar environment for a longer period of time.”

The Minor Home Repair program is a service of the Faith in Action Care Program of the  Shepherd’s Center. Overall, in 2019, the Faith in Action Care Program responded to 8,630 requests from 2,301 individuals and families allowing them to remain independent by providing transportation, minor home repairs as well as visitation and respite care services. A record 800 minor repair requests were received from 420 aging adults.

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem is an interfaith ministry that promotes and supports successful aging by providing direct services, volunteer opportunities and enrichment programs for older adults. In its 35th year of service in Forsyth County, the Shepherd’s Center served more than 6,100 older adults during 2019. The Shepherd’s Center is a member agency of Age-Friendly Forsyth and a certified senior center of excellence through the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services.

The Shepherd’s Center is located at 1700 Ebert Street in Winston-Salem and can be reached at 336-748-0217 or

About The Leon Levine Foundation

Created in 1980 by Leon Levine (founder and chairman emeritus of Family Dollar Stores, Inc.), The Leon Levine Foundation’s mission is to improve the human condition by creating permanent, measurable, and life-changing impact throughout the Carolinas. Based in Charlotte, the foundation invests in nonprofits with strong leadership, a track record of success, and a focus on sustainability in the areas of healthcare, education, Jewish values, and human services. Learn more online at