Nov. 6, 2015: Senior Center is busy place, thanks to all its volunteers, by Teddy Lineberry

November 6, 2015 by

Teddy Lineberry

Teddy Lineberry

Our Concordia Senior Center plays an important role in our community. I’ve been here as manager for just over two years, and in that time I’ve seen significant changes in the appearance and operation of the center at 109 W. 7th St.

Last year we installed a new Brunswick pool table, and every morning there are four to six players shooting pool. We built a coffee bar and now serve 15 to 25 coffee drinkers in the mornings. Often hot cinnamon rolls or cookies are offered.

We built a new office to accommodate the expansion of the Public Transportation service, with Gary Dvorak as the project director and dispatcher. He organizes the schedules and supervises five full-time and part-time drivers. Our transportation service provides more than 100 rides per day on a regular basis, and on Wednesday evenings they provide sponsor-supported “free” rides to and from the Community Suppers at the First Christian Church. In addition, Gary was recently elected president of the Coordinated Transit District.

Seniors in our community are eligible to receive meals-on-wheels five days a week. Each day my assistant, Dixie Burchfiel, and I organize the food containers, plan the routes for the drivers and update the list of folks who receive meals. Then once a year I do a home visit with each of the seniors receiving meals to determine dietary needs and restrictions.

The meals are prepared by head cook Mary Ramsey, assistant cook Vicki Simpson and Carolyn Jensen, a kitchen assistant trainee. They also serve lunch in the center dining room five days a week, and prepare lunches for carry-out.

The North Central Flint Area Agency on Aging supports the nutrition program and provides the food that is served, and the staff to make it all happen.

Anyone over 60 is eligible to receive meals at the suggested donation of $3.50 per meal. Those who have not reached their 60th birthday may also eat at the Center for $5.25.

Various other activities are scheduled during the month.

Hearing aid services are provided by Alan Grigsby, and Angels Care Home Health provides free blood pressure checks.

AARP meets at the Senior Center the third Friday of the month, card players meet four days a month, bingo players come twice a month to win cinnamon rolls, cookies, and lunch tickets.

The center also hosts a free exercise class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and Weight Watchers meets on Wednesday evenings.

With all these activities, it is the volunteers who give their time who keep the Senior Center going. If you would like to volunteer, just give me a call at 243-1872.

 

— Teddy Lineberry is manager of the Concordia Senior Center.

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