By Naomi Hatch
One of the seniors who comes to lunch at the Silver Creek Senior Center and stays to play games recently told Executive Director Marilyn Radke that she didn’t know what she would do without the center. It’s an important asset to the community.
The center’s board of directors has been working diligently to provide a place where seniors can meet.
The center is funded by the towns of Snowflake and Taylor, Navajo County and the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), and runs on a tight budget. The center lost approximately $4,000 due to the government sequester, but the towns provided additional funding during the budget process.
Lunch is served Monday through Friday for a donation of $4 for those over 60 and $4.50 for those under 60.
The center provides approximately 60 meals a day through the Meals-on-Wheels program to those in the Snowflake and Taylor area who may have had surgery, a health problem or are unable to visit the center. You do not have to be a senior to receive these meals. Often the visit from the driver is the only one many of these people have for the day.
The center is always looking for drivers, so if you have an hour or two one or two days a week, volunteer and take the opportunity to meet some of these special people who receive Meals-on-Wheels.
Recently through a NACOG grant and the courtesy of Navajo County, the board upgraded the ramps, parking lot and bathrooms at the center. Radke said that they will be having a grand re-opening once work has been completed, though no date has been set.
The annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held the week before, at 12 noon on Thursday, Nov. 21, so everyone can enjoy the holiday with their families. You are encouraged to make reservations for this very special dinner.
Following lunch several stay to play games, but they are looking for more participants. If you are interested stop by at 1 p.m., or come for lunch and enjoy the company. They play Dominos on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Scrabble on Tuesdays, and Bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. If you are interested in another game, they would love to get a group together to play.
The Thrift Store is a source of income for the Center, and they are having big sales daily at the inside store. Right now you can purchase a grocery bag of items for $1 at the outside store. “The bargains we are giving are just phenomenal,” said Radke.
The senior center is located behind Northland Pioneer College at 1658 S. Main St. in Snowflake, or call 536-222 for more information.
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By Naomi Hatch