HelenaHelena celebrated her 96th birthday today at our Shartel Senior Center surrounded by her friends and family. Helena enjoys the fellowship the senior center brings and especially likes how it keeps her active.

“Coming here keeps me from sitting around the apartment doing nothing,” Helena said as she looked around the center. “We like to do puzzles but I really like to play the Wii Bowling. I’m the oldest one here but I always win.”

She laughed as she recalled how some of the others at the center didn’t like to play the game because it made them tired.

“Yeah, you get tired but then you rest and aren’t tired anymore. My doctor said moving is what’s keeping me young and healthy. Walking and moving is important.”

The Salvation Army Senior Centers offer activities and lunch for seniors, ages 55 and older, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Seniors Program focuses on the health of the mind, body and spirit with activities ranging from Bible studies, field trips, knitting classes, dance classes, financial seminars plus many more.

So many seniors just like Helena would have no place to go if our senior centers were not open.

If you would like to ensure there is a place for seniors just like Helena to come, you can:

  • Volunteer and teach our seniors a dance, craft or life skill
  • Provide supplies for crafts such as yarn, material for quilts, jewelry making materials, etc.
  • Give now by clicking the Donate Now button above to help us expand our senior programs