Forget Me Not: Senior Social Center to celebrate one-year anniversary
Organization hires new program coordinator
Weekly senior events:
Senior Coffee and Conversation: 9 a.m. to noon at CNCC Bell Tower. All seniors are welcome for hot coffee, goodies, card playing and socializing. For more information, call 970-326-3188.
Wellness Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Journey Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. The program is for adults 50 and over. Art, writing, exercises classes, lunch and card playing are available. For more information, call 970-871-7676.
The Senior Social Center in Craig recently hired Jackie Camp as its new program coordinator, helping the organization become more viable than ever.
Camp cares deeply about Craig’s older population, and she’s thrilled to take the group to the next level.
On Monday, the Senior Social Center will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a 5:15 p.m. dinner at the Bell Tower.
I’m happy and excited for this group of thoughtful and vibrate elders in our community. In one year, they’ve secured more than $45,000 in grant funding, maintained weekly Coffee and a Conversation meetings on Tuesdays, organized weekly Thursday movie viewings and continued to have its monthly membership meetings.
“Craig has a very high population of seniors, and a lot of those seniors are king of homebound. They don’t get out,” Camp said, noting the importance of having organizations like the Senior Social Center and Wellness Wednesdays to keep elders active in society.
Wellness Wednesdays is a separate organization that meets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday at The Journey Baptist Church. The social center graciously tries not to schedule any events that interfere with Wellness Wednesdays.
In her new position, Camp is in charge of developing and presenting programming ideas to the Senior Social Center board, getting programs approved and putting them into action.
Without solid programming, Craig’s elders are at risk of being left alone in their homes with nothing to do.
“We want to help the situation and make it to where seniors are more active, are healthier and more involved with achieving their personal well-being,” Camp said.
And that mission works well.
Lois Stoffle is an active member in the Senior Social Center, and she can’t say enough good things about the organization.
“It’s important because it gets us out and keeps us active,” she said. “It gives us a chance to learn new things. I’ve never been a card player but I’m learning. I’ve made a bunch of new friends and refreshed friendships from the past.”
The Senior Social Center is about to embark on several new programs, including a nutrition/cooking class as well as a skin care class for both men and women.
“We’re also working with Colorado legal services to get a workshop set up,” Camp said.
Additionally, the center’s Wii bowling and Wii balance is becoming popular, as well as its pickleball games.
I’ve always commended programs that cater to our elder population. Socialization is important when developing a healthy senior community.
Craig and Moffat County has a wonderful senior sector, and it’s exciting that our newest group is about to celebrate its one-year anniversary.
Noelle Leavitt Riley is the editor of the Saturday Morning Press and the Craig Daily Press. She runs the Forget Me Not organization with her husband Shawn Riley, where they take donated flowers to the elderly, letting them know they’re not forgotten by society. Reach her at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.
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