The Moundridge Senior Citizens were the first group in McPherson County to provide services with funding through the Older Americans Act of 1965. This entity later became Moundridge Senior Center.

The Moundridge Senior Citizens were the first group in McPherson County to provide services with funding through the Older Americans Act of 1965. This entity later became Moundridge Senior Center. The Moundridge community was very fortunate to have the Associated Churches connected to their project. In March 1975, the Associated Churches rented a small building and got their start.

After a time in the junior high school building, a devastating fire destroyed the facility and the seniors moved to the American Legion Building while their new facility was being built. Completion was realized in 1987. The hope of those who established this organization was that it would enable seniors to live longer in their own homes “with pleasure, dignity and independence.” This became their mission statement. The hard work and dedication of those involved in the startup are still producing fruit today.

One of the goals of the Senior Center was to provide meals, and the lunch program was started in September 1976. Nutritious, delicious meals are served in the center Monday-Friday at noon. Choose from menu selections such as crispitos, chicken fried steak or a full turkey dinner. Cost of the meal is $4 for those over 60 dining in, and home delivered available for $4.50. Anyone is welcome; the cost will be $5 for those under 60.

Come and enjoy a well-balanced meal being in the company of friends. Call to reserve a day in advance by 10 a.m.

Pat Krehbiel, center director, keeps things alive and active by offering fun facts and trivia, and observing days you don’t usually hear about, such as “Be an angel day” — do one small act of service for someone and be a blessing.

Center patrons invite you to participate in the Life Enrichment programs held at Bethel College during the school year. A group carpools to Newton for these classes. Call the center and catch a ride for an evening of education. Monthly programs are offered at the Senior Center as well. Three or four of these are educational in content, and the other months are designed for entertainment like The McKinney Sisters or other local talent.

The educational program for this month is on Friday. Information about strokes — prevention and signs of and what to do after a stroke — is the topic. Make a reservation for lunch, to observe birthdays and anniversaries and hear the informative program.

Foot care is available and usually held on the third or fourth Thursday of the month. Call the center for scheduling of this service. Blood pressure checks are also available upon request.

There are plenty of activities going on for you to pick the one you want to participate in. Exercise class is held every Monday, Wednesday and and Friday at 9 a.m. Come join for the health benefits and socialization. The men play pool every day and are involved in fall tournaments. Every Wednesday afternoon is card group meeting at 12:45 p.m.

Fundraisers are held frequently to help sustain the center and on-going projects. The annual fish fry is a great success and was recently held with proceeds going towards the reach-in freezer. A yearly bake sale is also held in the spring to help with raising funds.

Food assistance is available through The Emergency Food Assistance Program commodities. These are available during center hours. Stop in to pick up your items. Medical transportation is available through the center. The Moundridge city bus is available within the city for other transportation needs.

Christmas Tea and Open House is an annual event with wassail and all the treats your heart could desire. December will be here before we know it; watch for your senior center calendar in the mail for events coming up. If you’re not on the mailing list, call Pat and have her send you a newsletter to stay informed of all that’s going on.

Krehbiel said she has a terrific staff and excellent community support, which she is very thankful for. Come in and see for yourself how your local senior center works within the community to enrich and enhance the lives of those involved.

Moundridge Senior Center is located at 100 N. Schmidt Ave. Phone number is 620-345- 2729.

Lori Hager-Johnson is senior advisor at the McPherson County Council on Aging.