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Volunteer opportunities available at the Senior Center

Over the past eight years, we have been privileged to provide service to the senior folks in the Arboles area.

Many years ago, Martha T’s restaurant was the hub for senior meals that were enjoyed by many. Martha T’s was unable to provide meals through the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) funding due to the rules and regulations mandated by the Older American’s Act.

Both Archuleta and La Plata counties felt it was important to provide service to the seniors of the area, respectively contributing money to the Area Agency on Aging in support of the cause. Seniors had the opportunity to participate in a suggested donation as well.

Through our efforts we made it happen, with the help and support of the St. Peter/St. Rose Church and many, many volunteers. We started our own program with AAA funding in conjunction with the support of Archuleta and La Plata counties.

Using their own vehicles, volunteers from Pagosa Springs stepped up to deliver meals to Arboles the first and third Thursdays of the month, never requesting reimbursement for their fuel.

Many gracious people in Arboles took on the task of volunteering in a variety of ways: calling participants to obtain the meal count for reservation purposes and reporting to the office in Pagosa Springs. Others came in to set up the dining room, provide change, assist at the check-in desk, take temperatures of the meal, serve lunch, clean up the dining room, wash dishes and remove trash.

We became an extended family and enjoyed each other’s company, which our staff and volunteers so deeply cherish.

I received a letter from our AAA office that informed me of change. SUCAP will now be providing meal service to our folks, however, we will continue to provide Medicare counseling services and assist in other needs that may arise.

I feel confident that SUCAP will provide a wonderful service and will enjoy the company as much as we did.

We appreciate the opportunity we were given to serve the Arboles area, as well as all the dedicated volunteers. We will miss our extended family and hope you will visit us often in Pagosa Springs.

Special events

Friday, June 8 at 1 p.m. — movie: Emergency Mine Rescue — An engineering triumph in Chile. The Chilean mine disaster of August 2010 riveted the world and brought attention to the fates of 33 miners trapped deep beneath the earth’s surface. In this documentary, interviews with experts shed light on this most daring rescue. Among those providing insights are engineers, NASA experts and health officials. Using animation, we peer deep into the earth and gain a new understanding of the geological challenges of this thrilling ordeal.

Tuesday, June 12 at 12:30 p.m. — Relay For Life is coming up on June 22. Susan Williams from the American Cancer Society will be here to chat about and extend an invitation to those who might be interested in coming out to be part of their survivor activities, luminaria ceremony, etc. They have an absolutely wonderful survivor chair who has started a support group, and this year we will be serving a dinner to survivors and their families free of charge. As a committee, it would be an honor to have representation from the Silver Foxes Den Senior Center.

Celebrate Father’s Day at noon on Friday, June 15; we’ll have a little goody for the guys.

Photo contest — The winner of Guess who the Babies are will be announced and presented with a prize around 12:30 on Wednesday, June 20; turn in your guesses until Tuesday, June 19.

Library

Come on in to The Den and check out our library. We have quite the collection of books, including some large print, as well as books on tape/cd, videos, dvds, and audio tapes for you to borrow.

Volunteer opportunities

We are currently accepting applications to assist in our library and dining room.

We are in need of someone that would like to volunteer in our small library about one-half hour every week or two to assist our lead library volunteer. We are in need of help re-shelving books, checking them back in and general tidy help.

Like to greet people and lend a hand? We have the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for a few people that would like to greet our folks, introduce new clients to our services, show them the ropes of the dining room and offer assistance to those needing help filling out our new client form. Please call Musetta at 264-2167 for an application.

At your service

Don’t hitchhike, let us do the driving. Get to where you need to go; door-to-door bus service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Come hang out with us and enjoy our company. Call for details, 264-2167.

Food delivery

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Senior Center meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal, home delivered program is available to those closer to town four days per week, and frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. For those living further out of town, you may be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities

Friday, June 8 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Movie: Emergency Mine Rescue.

Monday, June 11 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, June 12 — 11 a.m. Chair Massage; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, June 13 — 11 a.m. Blood Pressure Check.

Thursday, June 14 — Closed.

Friday, June 15 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Brain Injury Support Group; 12 p.m. Celebrate Father’s Day; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, guests $6, and kids 12 and under $3. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $11.51. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, June 8 — Lemon chicken, baked potato, broccoli florets, whole wheat roll, tossed salad, chocolate pudding.

Monday, June 11 — Senior Choice: Swiss steak, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, parslied carrots, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, strawberry fruit whip with banana slices.

Tuesday, June 12 — Crunchy baked fish, mashed potatoes, creamy coleslaw, whole wheat roll, mixed vegetables, banana.

Wednesday, June 13 — Hamburger on whole wheat bun, lettuce, onion, tomato, potato salad, baked beans, fruit salad.

Thursday, June 14 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, June 15 — Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad, apple pie.

Arboles meal program

Lunches are served in Arboles on the first and third Thursdays of each month, weather permitting, in the basement of the Catholic Church. Reservations are required the Monday preceding. The suggested donation is $3 for age 60-plus. Call 264-2167 for more information or to make a reservation.

Thursday, June 7 — Roast pork, baked apple, mashed potatoes, California vegetables, whole wheat bread, raisin-nut cup, orange wedge.

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