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In our last update, we told you about how the Stop ‘N Shop at the Senior Center of West Seattle was having record-breaking sales and receiving more donations than it’s ever had before. We are excited to report that the trend is continuing as the proceeds support so many services and programs the Senior Center offers to its members as well as our community!

As we mentioned previously, donations are being accepted by appointment only. Because of the large amount of donations over the past several months and the very small space we have to process them, we need to…

So many of our programs and services have returned in person thanks to our wonderful staff and volunteer team at the Senior Center.

We can’t wait to share with you what we have planned for this fall. You’ll find a mix of familiar classes and activities, as well as some new programs we hope you’ll try. Gentle Yoga and Tai Chi are back with new instructors, and we’re launching a Healing Touch service this month. You may want to test our Acting Class or join me for Walking Wednesdays here in the Junction neighborhood. …

When the pandemic erupted, our society experienced a profound disconnection and technology was used to bridge this “social distance.” Organizations passed out electronic devices, governments funded low-cost internet access and we learned how to Zoom and to “visit” our doctor using Telehealth.

Despite everyone’s efforts, the pandemic only heightened awareness that great inequalities and inequities exist that prevent people from accessing essential services through technology. Equality results when everyone receives the same resources-like — like providing free high-speed internet access to all seniors. This is not necessarily equitable, however. Equity focuses on justice and fairness to ensure that everyone, especially…

After 50 years of serving our community, the Senior Center of West Seattle has been fortunate to work with countless community partners. And over the years, we’ve noticed a trend. When a company first approached the Senior Center about partnering with us, it is usually led by an employee with a deep commitment to seniors.

That was the case for MacDonald-Miller, a full-service, design-build mechanical contractor with 10 locations and more than 1,000 employees. Kelly Johnson, senior account executive, have previously worked at senior living facilities. …

When Jenny is at the Senior Center of West Seattle, you will always see her wearing an apron and a smile! Jenny Mayberry has been volunteering in the kitchen since January of 2017! She has continued to help our Chef to prepare lunches for delivery throughout this past year. One of the things she loves best about working in the kitchen is learning new cooking techniques from Chef Francisco. She has learned to cook different sauces, various ways to cook meat, Mexican food, and delicious tamales!

Jenny was born in New Mexico, and moved a lot while growing up…

On April 29, eight members of our longstanding current events group reunited in person at the Senior Center of West Seattle in Hatten Hall after nine months of meeting two weeks on Zoom during the pandemic.

We barely recognized each other with our masks on, but it was a joyous reunion, and, in way, it seemed like we’d never been away!

Thanks to modern technology and our talented staffers, Digital Equity Coordinator, Martin Piccoli, and Program Coordinator, Nancy Cossette, two members were able to join us over Zoom and fully participate. Two microphones and an excellent sound system made it…

It is no secret. The last 15 months have been challenging. Life at the Senior Center of West Seattle just wasn’t the same without members attending classes, sharing lunch together, and laughing over coffee.

In the face of those challenges, we weathered the storm. The Senior Center pivoted its programming, discovered new challenges facing our community, and worked to connect with our members at home.

Now, the light at the end of the tunnel has arrived and we are here to welcome you back. We are adding more in-person, hybrid, and virtual programs and activities to our calendar.

Many of…

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) is celebrated every year on June 19th to commemorate the effective end of slavery in the United States. It is also sometimes called “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”

On that day in 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure all enslaved people would finally be freed. Two and a half years earlier President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation establishing that all enslaved people in the Confederate states “shall be then, thenceforward and forever free.” But the proclamation didn’t immediately free all enslaved people. …

Pride at the Senior Center of West Seattle is a big deal. While we proudly celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ community during the month of June, your Senior Center works year round to make this a more welcoming place for everyone in our community. We do this through a number of groups, programs, events, and initiatives.

Older Westside Lesbian Group (OWLS)

OWLS is a monthly gathering of the Older and Wiser lesbians living on the Westside of Seattle.

Second Thursday Out

Second Thursday Out is a gathering of all LGBTQ+ members, their neighbors and friends.

Rainbow Bingo

If you venture into our Stop N’ Shop on a Thursday or a Sunday, you may notice our wonderful volunteer with pink hair! Several years ago, when our volunteer extraordinaire Joyce Maund first dyed her hair, someone told her she looked like Pink, and she has kept her hair pink ever since! About a year after Joyce ‘retired’ in 2013, she needed to get out of the house! She started coming to our popular Weight Watchers meetings at the Center. Shortly after that, she decided to start volunteering in our thrift shop. Joyce has worn every hat in the shop…

Senior Center of West Seattle

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