When Rita walked into the Senior Center for the first time she saw a great little community. “To walk in here at age 84 and feel as if you are a part of a team, and that you are needed, is a wonderful feeling,” she said. “I don’t mind coming here alone, because once you walk in, you are never alone again.”
Many who come to the Senior Center share Rita’s feelings. They’ve found a new group of friends and opportunities in addition to the many programs, resources, and services offered at the Center located at 239 Bond St., Wabash. According to CEO Beverly Ferry, the Senior Center group is family for many who either don’t have family nearby or who enjoy fellowship during the day.
When Rita was recently hospitalized, a friend she had only recently met at the Senior Center walked from her home to the hospital to see Rita. Although her friend was not able to speak, they spent an hour visiting with each other.
Sam and his wife began to come to the Center for lunch last fall when he was looking for something he and his wife, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, could get out of the house and do together. His wife recently passed away and Sam wasn’t sure if he could come back or not. It was the friends he made at the Center that encouraged him to return, and Sam continues to be a regular for lunch and other events.
Services such as Medicare counseling, foot care, eyeglass adjustments, blood pressure checks, nutritional lunches, and events and programs such as a monthly birthday party, Euchre, knitting and crochet and exercise class provide Wabash County residents, especially those who are 60 years of age or older with a perfect place to connect, stay active, and remain healthy and independent for as long as possible.
Senior Centers receive no state or federal funding and depend on donations to operate. An annual fund drive is held each year to help meet this need and on Thursday, Aug. 22, the Arts, Antiques and Treasures Silent Auction will be held with proceeds benefitting the Center. The Auction is open to the public and runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be held at the REMC building, 350 Wedcor Ave, Wabash.