Our name is Kinship. It's a word that originated as a combination of kin and relationship, and now indicates a sharing of characteristics or origins, usually relating to family ties or a blood relative. To us, Kinship is about a family of seniors who share a lust for life and an insatiable curiosity for the world around them.
At Kinship Senior Center (formerly known as the Uptown Shepherd's Center), we offer programming, activities, meals, and resources to seniors 60 years and older in Orleans Parish. Our consistent and varied programming makes us unique in New Orleans and is perfectly geared toward active seniors who wish to continue to learn new skills and build lasting social relationships.
We are proud supporters of Meals on Wheels and the 2019 Subaru Share the Love Event. Between now and January 2, Subaru of America, Inc. will donate $250 to local senior nutrition programs like ours for every new vehicle purchased or leased, when the customer chooses Meals on Wheels as their charity of choice. Learn more at www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/sharethelove.
WHAT WE DO
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Getting older doesn't mean you have to stay home, alone. At Kinship, 90% of the fun is making new friends and trying new activities. If you want to stay strong and healthy, join us for daily chair exercises, Tuesday Tai Chi class, or our new Walking Club. For seniors in Orleans Parish, ask about our daily hot meals onsite through the Meals on Wheels program.
TECHNOLOGY FOR BEGINNERS
Thanks to funding support from St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, Kinship launched our new computer lab in the spring of 2017. Classes for beginners on how to use laptops, smart phones, and tablets, as well as courses for everyone of how to stay safe online. The Technology Center is open for classes and by appointment during open hours.
Ready to go on an adventure? Kinship participants visit New Orleans Museum of Art and Morning Call coffee quarterly and go on semi-monthly “Mystery Trips,” where the final destination is revealed upon arrival! We also take seniors to New Orleans Council on Aging events and to advocate for funding for seniors in Baton Rouge.
GOLDEN HEART PLAYERS THEATER
The GHP is an award-winning senior program that incorporates drama therapy with acting on stage. Seniors work as a team to write their own plays, spend several months rehearsing, then perform the original plays at nursing homes and community centers around town.
It’s fun, thrilling, and accessible for anyone willing to try!
Check out the GHP website http://goldenheartplayers.weebly.com/
GROUPS: POETRY, CRAFTS & MORE!
Would you like to try discussing poetry, painting portraits, or making your first quilt? Would you like to learn how to speak Spanish? Our group classes make every beginner feel welcome and every expert a possible teacher. Most of our activities are created and taught by seniors.
Check out the Activities Calendar and drop by for a class!
Volunteers make Kinship the dynamic, special place we love. Daily help from volunteer includes helping with coffee service in the morning, teaching classes and raising funds. Also, seniors are encouraged to work as mentors with undergraduate students from Loyola and Xavier. Examples of volunteering opportunities include:
Lead or assist a weekly class
Help serve coffee, lunch, and cleaning up at the end of the day
Reception assistance (telephone, docent, helping new folks)
Participating in Golden Heart Players Theater group
Help write newsletter or with office work
Help with fundraisers and events (selling tickets, making posters, serving food)
Help with technology questions and in the computer lab
Providing entertainment such as a musical talent or playing games
Spending time with seniors and helping everyone laugh!
SHARE A TALENT
We at Kinship believe that we are all teachers and learners at any age. Do you have a talent or skill you’d like to donate? All of our teachers and many of our guest artists and musicians are themselves seniors, and we always welcome your ideas on new activities our participants may enjoy.
MAKE A DONATION
Kinship Senior Center always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Kinship even better than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.