A Name You’ve Trusted for Decades

Shepherd of the Valley offers a comprehensive continuum of care including Independent and Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Services for more than 600 residents at its communities in Boardman, Howland, Niles and Poland.  Our residents find comfort knowing their future health care needs will be met with skill and compassion. They love the security, affordability, opportunities and sense of community that make Shepherd a wonderful place to call home.


Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services, Inc. is a Christian not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing the finest quality care through an integrated continuum of services.


Shepherd of the Valley will continue as a leader in providing services and support in dealing with the complexities of the aging process. The Shepherd of the Valley network of services and facilities will be tailored to meet the changing needs of individuals and their families.


In our daily interactions with clients, with staff, and with each other, we will be governed by the basic Christian values of compassion, respect, dignity, spirituality, integrity and quality.

Our History

Shepherd of the Valley has provided peace of mind for Mahoning Valley families and their loved ones since 1972 when representatives from 40 local Lutheran churches came together to discuss the development of a home for the elderly. They shared a common vision: Create a not-for-profit community that would operate with a Christian philosophy.

From this preliminary meeting, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Center was formed. 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. In 1997, the company we expanded our services to include At Home With Shepherd, a home health care program designed for the changing needs and expectations of families.