Senior News: Volunteers needed for senior shopping assistance program

By Cheryl Wilkinson
PREVIEW Columnist

The Pagosa Senior Center has initiated a senior shopping assistance program during this period of pandemic emergency. Many members of our community are practicing social distancing and voluntary isolation, and access to groceries and prescription medicine has been identified as a critical need. 

A hotline has been established to connect with a Senior Center volunteer to get the process started. The access number is 422-7084. 

Volunteers are needed to help staff telephone lines and to perform the actual shopping tasks. In Pagosa Springs, contact Rod Hubbard at (303) 594-5117 to volunteer.

Drive-through pick-up meals continue

We are continuing our temporary closing of the congregate dining room due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

In order to continue providing meals, we are offering take-out hot meals and a salad with a drive-up option under the portico at the Ross Aragon Community Center. These meals will be available Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a $4 suggested donation for those age 60 and above. If you need to have your meal delivered, please call 264-2167 to see if this option is available in your area. The cost per meal for the public age 59 and under is $8.50. The meals include a salad, hot meal, drink and dessert or bread. Our daily menu is posted on our website at psseniors.org and is below. Please call 264-2167 to make a reservation for pickup. We are also continuing our Meals on Wheels program. 

There will be no games, classes, or presentations during this time. The staff will be available by phone. If you need to speak to a staff member, please call 264-2167.

The Community Café menu

Thursday, April 23 — Salmon tacos, sweet potato fries with paprika, Brazilian black bean soup, milk, salad and orange/pineapple cake.

Friday, April 24 — Sliced turkey with gravy, caramelized butternut squash, roasted asparagus with walnuts, milk, salad and pumpkin muffin.

Monday, April 27 — Chicken and dumplings, buttered corn, sautéed French-cut green beans, milk, salad and blueberry lattice pie.

Tuesday, April 28 — Pork bratwurst, peppers and onions on a hoagie, twice-baked cauliflower, steamed asparagus with lemon, milk, salad and baked apples and pears.

Wednesday, April 29 — Crab cakes with remoulade sauce, roasted red potatoes, avocado and tomato salad, milk, salad and apple crisp.

Thursday, April 30 — Turkey salad on croissant, potato/leek soup, broccoli with butter, milk, salad and chocolate chip cookie.

Reservations and cancellations are required. You can make a reservation at 264-2167 by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to drive through and pick up a meal at The Community Café at the Senior Center in the Community Center. 

For your convenience, you can make your reservations in advance or have a standing reservation on days you know you will always pick up. Please cancel if you cannot attend on your standing reservation days. We want to thank everyone for their support by observing our reservation policy. This helps ensure that everyone with reservations receives a meal and enables us to provide additional and healthier meals.

 

This story was posted on April 23, 2020.