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Shenandoah search, Inc 

 "A Night to Shine"
Visit  our page "News from the Group" to see photos of this lovely evening. 

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Board of


Judy Franz 
Joan Proctor 
Peter Shoemaker 
Bob Schmidt 

Joan Griffin

Erika Auer
Helen Green
Diane Reed
Jack Zerkel 

Winnie McDermott

Dr. Jerry Germroth

Who we are

Shenandoah County SEARCH, Inc. (“SEARCH”) was established in August, 1978 by Preston and Vivian Poole, and others who were interested in the welfare of intellectually challenged citizens. SEARCH is a Section 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and thus donations to SEARCH are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by applicable law.

SEARCH Continues to operate in memory of Vivian Poole, who dedicated 30 years of her life to this cause.

SEARCH is grateful for the visionary leadership of Sid and Betsy Price following the death of Vivian Poole.  They helped put SEARCH on the road to success! Their generosity and vision provided  SEARCH with the current Thrift Shop building.  Care for our residents guided their vision.

A Lovely Afternoon Tea

On Saturday, June 11, 2022, our guests enjoyed the venue, the decorations, the activities, and especially the delightful food, beautifully prepared and served by SEARCH volunteers! We were glad to be able to hold an Afternoon Tea once again!

search stands for:



  • To provide a warm and nurturing home for intellectually challenged adults through our Group Home. 

  • To operate the Thrift Shop which serves the needs of the broader community by offering quality merchandise at affordable prices. The Thrift Shop sells only donated items and provides most of the financial support for the Group Home.

Our Missions

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Keep up with special sales at the Thrift Shop, fund-raising activities, and news from the folks at the Group Home! 


Below are some of our usual and typical events. 

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