In 1972, a group of representatives from 40 local Lutheran churches came together to discuss the development of a home for the elderly. These individuals shared a common vision: it would be a not-for-profit home for the elderly and would operate with a Christian philosophy.

From this preliminary meeting grew several committees whose members began to research the potential for such a community and from their efforts, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Center was formed. Recognizing that such an extensive venture can progress only through financial backing, the Lutheran Women’s League presented $10,000 to Shepherd’s original Board of Managers to help accomplish the mission of the Lutheran home. Between 1972 and 1974, several parcels of property and buildings were acquired and became what is now referred to as the original site of Shepherd of the Valley in Niles.

Today, Shepherd of the Valley is comprised of four communities located in Boardman, Howland, Niles and Poland plus the corporate offices in Austintown.  Shepherd offers a comprehensive continuum of care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation services for more than 600 residents. In 1997, the company expanded its services to include home health care, rebranded as At Home With Shepherd Home Health in 2012.

True to its original ideals, Shepherd of the Valley remains a not-for-profit entity supported by Shepherd’s Foundation, which functions as the benevolent support arm of the organization. All the funds are used to support programs and services to benefit the residents and clients of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services, Inc.

Shepherd celebrated it’s 40th anniversary of providing services to the seniors of the Mahoning Valley in 2012.

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