After meals are eaten, the volunteers (now done with their own meal) descend and clear plates, silverware and cups. Leftovers are put into containers to be taken home. Dishes are washed and Senior Meals returns to gather its warming containers. The round tables are put away, but the chairs kept and arranged in rows. After lunch the seniors participate in age-appropriate exercises. Then the afternoon is filled with musical entertainment, speakers, games or other activities.
This program takes place each Wednesday in the Lower Level of the United Presbyterian Church on 58 East Street in Walton from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., respite clients can choose to stay from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or noon to 4 p.m., if they wish for a half day. Eligibility to attend Our Place is that the individual must be 60 or older, able to eat independently, participate in group activities and in need of socialization. One-on-one help for those who need a closer eye is available. Fees are $18 for a half day and $25 for a whole day. An additional charge for lunch is $3, or lunch can be brought from home. Those who are looking just for socialization are also welcome to attend the “Golden Dream Catchers Club” for a minimal fee of $5, which helps offset the costs for supplies and additional charge of $3 for lunch.
So whether you are a caregiver in need of a day off, or the opportunity to take care of chores and errands, while ensuring your loved one remains safe and cared for by trained people, or you are a senior in need of a social life, come and join Our Place! If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, look no further, we’d loved to have you. Whatever brings you here, there’s always room for one more, and we’d love to have you as part of our family.