Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center @ Ballinger Park

Goals In January our Board of Directors established programatic goals for 2014.  We are making remarkable progress in meeting those goals. Progress on Programatic Goals Goal 1:   To increase capacity of our on-site meal program to better fulfill our mission of serving healthy nutritional meals to seniors in our community. Our improved kitchen and dining space allows us to serve up to fifty eight customers in the combined "Lakeside Lunchbox" Cafe and Media Room.  When the need arises to serve larger groups we can serve up to 150 in the Lakeview Room.  Goal 2:   To provide future nutrition programs and services in the greater community of Mountlake Terrace. Our Wednesday/Friday program continues to thrive and grow, serving 45 - 60 each day. Since moving into our renovated facility we have added one additional lunch day and a monthly community breakfast.  The lunch is a soup, sandwich and salad menu prepared and served by our volunteers.  With rotating soup chefs and an all volunteer kitchen staff we are serving 20-35 people per week. Our monthly community breakfast started in May and we have averaged 25 meals each month.  Our Board of Directors set a goal to add the additional two days of lunch service by the end of 2014.  We have a plan in place to accomplish this goal. Goal 3:   To have an infrastructure in place that will enable us to prepare and serve 50 meals per day, five days a week. We have served 3650 meals three days per week through the end of August, putting us on track to exceed our goal of 4600 meals by nearly 800 meals. Our improved physical infrastructure will easily allow us to serve added meals, however this puts a great deal of stress on the capacity of our paid and volunteer staff.  22 hours of labor is required for each meal served.  Currently, 18 of those hours are volunteers.  In order for us to meet our goal of 50 meals a day, five days a week, we will need to add paid staff.  Goal 5:  To have daily activities in the building; increasing the opportunities for recreational, intellectual, physical and mental health intraction for aging adults. When we moved to our new facility the only on site activities we had were foot care, AARP Driving Class, knitting and Mexican Train. Today we have added a growing list of activities and wellness programming that includes; Gentle Yoga two days a week averaging 10 students each day.  We are exploring a third day. Yoga for Stronger Bones (Chair Yoga) continues one day a week averaging 5 students. Pinochle group one day a week  There are regularly two tables filled. Muffin and Mocha Monday, every Monday 9:00 am - 11:00 am Dental Hygenist by appointment Line Dancing two days a week averaging 20 - 40 dancers each day Ballroom dancing two days a month  Free Legal Clinic This program offers 15 minutes of free legal advice on the third Wednesday of each month by appointment. Acupuncture by appointment one day a week A Matter of Balance class was offered for the first time and is filled with a waiting list for this eight week program. Goal 5:  To increase individual memberships to 450 and business memberships to 45 by the end of 2014. We currently have 420 members.  We are in a position to meet our goal.  We have thirteen business members. Conclusion The Mountlake Terrace Senior Center has substantially completed our renovation and continues to expand our nutrition and other health programming, due to the successful partnerships we have created.   In 2014 we project nearly 4,000 participants in our activities, up from less than 1,000 prior to our move. 75% of those participants live in Mountlake Terrace.  All this has been accomplished through the hard work and commitment of our Board of Directors, four part time staff and volunteers who will donate 9,000 hours of time to serving the aging adults of our community.
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Greetings and Happy 2017 to each of you.

With the new year comes new opportunities. In addition to the new transportation program which you can read about in this newsletter we are exploring and preparing to launch other new programs and activities. I am part of a working group that is building a program to educate and assist families dealing with dementia. This will include both support groups and activities. In the coming weeks we will be launching an opiate awareness and education program to help you make decision regarding prescription painkillers. These are exciting adventures that we will share with you as they unfold.

If you have an hour or two once a week to pitch in at the front desk or work on a special project we have plenty of opportunities.

Do you like to work with tools? We have a couple of repair projects that need immediate attention!

Is gardening your thing? We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate planting our flower beds.

We need volunteers to help with the following events...Winter Flea Market Feb. 25, March Madness Spaghetti Dinner. Give me a call at the office to coordinate times.