Photo by Naomi Hatch
Silver Creek Senior Center Board of Directors President Cindy Schreiber (center) and Secretary Myrt Williams (right) welcome Loretta Whitlow (left) back to the center as executive director.
By Naomi Hatch
The Silver Center Senior Center has long been a comfortable, welcoming place for the senior citizens of Snowflake and Taylor to get a nutritious meal, meet friends and enjoy the company of others.
Loretta Whitlow was executive director for three years, leaving to care for her ill son just over three years ago. The center’s board of directors recently asked Whitlow to once again take that position, and so she has come back to ensure the center is a great place to spend your time.
For the past six or eight months Whitlow has volunteered to oversee the United Food Bank, which one day a month gives a food box to those in need, and a vegetable box that anyone can stop by and pick up.
The senior center is funded by the towns of Snowflake and Taylor, as well as proceeds from the thrift store. This year the parking lot was paved with grant funds, and help from Navajo County and volunteers.
Volunteers have been an important part of the senior center. They run the thrift store, drive for the Meals On Wheels program, and make the center a welcoming place for area seniors to get a good meal and mingle with friends. Eagle Scout projects have also been completed to improve the center.
Whitlow noted that she plans to bring back the after lunch games, so if you have a favorite game such as Scrabble, Bingo or cards, let her know.
The next project will begin in January or February. Volunteers with the Just Serve program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be putting up a new thrift store building, with Taylor Stake President Mitch Farr overseeing the project.
The center serves a delicious lunch at 12 noon on weekdays.
The thrift store is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Meals On Wheels program is currently serving 44 meals in Snowflake and Taylor to those unable to come to the center. For a rewarding experience you can volunteer to deliver meals and meet the people you serve. Often the Meals on Wheels drivers are the only ones with whom these people have contact.
The center caters parties, serving an excellent meal for birthdays, anniversaries and wedding receptions. You can contact Whitlow at the center for more information.
The center will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 25 and 26, and on Thursday, Jan. 1, but open on Friday, Jan. 2, so volunteers can enjoy the holidays with their families.
The senior center is located at 1658 S. Main St. in Snowflake, behind Northland Pioneer College. For more information or to make reservations for lunch, call 536-2222.