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Letter from the Director: December 2021

Hello,

Well, we are winding down 2021 and still, the staff cannot believe that we operated under COVID-19 influences.  Despite heavy mandates, we were able to offer our regular Wellness Services such as Bastyr Naturopathic Medical appointments, Foot Care and Social Worker counseling and a host of exercise classes.  These were on Zoom to begin with and by July, moved to in-house.

Currently, we offer 29 services/classes per week.  It’s been a sheer pleasure having familiar and new faces come to the center, filling the rooms with great conversation and laughter.  The in-house Community Dining Program now offers 3 means of resourcing a hot, nutritious meal:  attend in person the lunch program, participate in the TO GO home delivered meal or pick-up at the front door.

These past 21 months have been filled with change, adaptation, mandates and continuously shifting our efforts from providing Emergency Services (food, groceries, etc.) to re-opening efforts.  The logistics with either of these, has been very demanding as well as challenging for staff at times, as staff have had to learn several new software programs from various external parties, in order to properly track the required information associated with grant processes.  I’m grateful for a staff that willingly accepted the increase in workload and diligently work to maintain safety mandates as directed by King County Health Department, while adding more programs each month.

We could not have accomplished all that we did in 2021 without the support and assistance from our wonderful Senior Center board.  Each member brought a different talent to the table and under the leadership of Ginny Scantlebury, managed various fund raisers to include the Drive by Dinners and the Annual Holiday Bazaar.             Each member has shared their unique talents to support the center in its operations.  We thank them for their    dedication and work in supporting our aging population.

GIVING TUESDAY – we hope that you will take advantage of the end of year donation period.  Giving Tuesday will take place on Tuesday, November 30th but due to COVID, runs through December 31st.  As there are associated fees with registering with the state Give Tuesday services, we would ask that you donate through our online DONATION link, mail us a check or drop by with a cash donation.  This allows your full donation to be awarded to the senior center and all donations are tax deductible.  Checks can be made out to Shoreline-LFP Senior Center.  Through your assistance, we will be able to continue providing meals to home bound seniors, offering Fitness and Lifelong Learning classes as well as providing free counseling services through our Veterans Benefits Advisor, Social Worker and Medicare Advisor.  Every donation counts!  If you would like to provide an automatic monthly donation, please contact us for further information.  You can also donate on our website at www.shorelinelfpseniorcenter.org

Thank you for a great year and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022!

Regards,

Theresa LaCroix
Director

 

Letter from the Director: October 2021

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers.  My journey continues in recovery as this month, I begin physical therapy to regain walking skills.  It’s a very slow process as I am simply learning to put 25% of my weight on the broken leg in a standing position.  However, the good news is that I am becoming quite agile in manipulating my wheelchair around my little home.  Watching the Paralympic rugby games inspired me a little too much as I seem to think that I am capable of some of the same 3600 turns at lightning speed, as these skilled athletes can do.

We are thrilled to have so many classes returning each month to the center and thank all of you for your continued support of the safety measures in place.  The pandemic continues to guide our practices and we greatly appreciate the flexibility and positive attitudes you share with us as we navigate the ever changing health code mandates.

Vaccinations Required or Not?  Currently, we are not requiring vaccinations by participants unless it is   stipulated by individual instructors.  With the recent announcement of King County Health Department guidelines to be implemented October 25th, requiring proof of vaccination at all restaurants and gymnasiums, we strongly encourage each of you to consider being vaccinated.

With the re-opening of Community Dining on October 4th, we will require that guests dining at the center show proof of their vaccination as they enter the dining room.  We will not maintain records of your vaccination card but simply check off your name that you are vaccinated.

If you are in need of replacing your original vaccination card, please go to the following site and follow the instructions listed there, Login – MyIR.net  It is important to note that they are very backlogged and it will take a few weeks before you receive your new card.  The Senior Center and the Fire Department do not have the ability to issue a new card to you.  The Center will accept a print-out of your COVID vaccination   status.  We will not be keeping copies of your document on file after a review of your record!

The Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held on October 22nd & 23rd, featuring all of your favorite vendors from past years and a few new faces.  This is our last fund raiser of the year and we hope that you will drop by, enjoy Holiday shopping and participate in the Silent Auction.  The Events Committee is working hard to create a safe, healthy environment during your visit.  See you at the Center!

Regards,

Theresa LaCroix

Director

Letter from the Director: August 2021

Spring quarter has been so exciting, with COVID regulations relaxing and many of our classes and small groups returning in-house. As the King County Health Department adjusts safety regulations for facilities that provide health services, we will add congregate programs such as the Community Dining program. Until then, we appreciate your cooperation in adhering to the mask-up policy and respecting the bringing your own refreshments and no sharing rule.

July has kicked off with a huge bang. King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski has gifted the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center a 2013 minivan through the county’s Youth and Amateur Sports Grants program. In addition, Councilman Dembowski presented the staff with a $20,000 check to support programming needs. We are deeply grateful for his support and encouragement during the challenges of 2020 and 2021. His continued advocacy on our behalf at the county level has allowed us to expand our service delivery to include such diverse services as the COVID Vaccination Program.

You may have noticed that I’ve not been present at the center in past weeks. On June 20th I suffered a severe injury and have undergone 2 surgeries to repair extensive damage to my left leg. As I am 120 days non-weight-bearing, I will be    working part-time remotely.

In my absence, Donna Saltzberg will manage the center. I am deeply grateful to Donna, Anwishta, Heather, Echo and Donnie for their willingness to undertake additional responsibilities and their loving support.

Regards,

Theresa LaCroix

Director

 

Letter from the Director: June

Director’s Letter

We would like to extend a huge Thank You to all who participated and donated in our Happy Days on the Horizon Fund RaiserAs we have donation envelopes still arriving in the mail, we will not have a final cash count until June. As it stands, we raised $41,000 to date.  If you were not able to participate in May, please use the envelope attached to this newsletter to send in your annual donation.

Well, are we open or are we semi-closed?  Our heads are spinning attempting to keep up with the various safety mandating agencies that we adhere to.  This week the CDC announced that masks were not necessary when indoors if ALL were vaccinated.  We have chosen to not ask members and guests if they are vaccinated or not, therefore, we are continuing to require that MASKS BE WORN AT ALL TIMES IN THE CENTER.

This decision was made after I attended a meeting on May 13th with the King County Health Department and representatives from 49 senior centers.  It was jointly decided that it was not safe to have folks unmasked in mixed groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated within our buildings.  We will no longer require temperatures taken at the door and all participants will be tracked within the class/program they are attending.  Now, we must emphasize that if you do not feel well or have a temperature, please do not visit the center.  Shoreline continues to have positive diagnoses each day as COVID-19 is still in our midst; we are simply a little safer having been vaccinated.  If we note that someone is exhibiting poor health, we will ask them to leave the center.

Safety remains priority.

     Friday staff trainings!  Effective immediately, we the staff will be closing the center doors each Friday at 1:00 p.m. for staff training sessions and administrative duties.  Please note – this is ONLY on Fridays.  We will not answer telephone calls, emails or the front door.  As a small group of 3 fulltime staff members, we are making every effort to bring back all of our previous programming plus maintain the emergency services initiated during COVID-19.  Thank you for understanding our need for uninterrupted work time.

     Receptionist Desk Those of you who have already returned to the center have noted that there is no seating in the lobby area and we continue to have plexi glass shields to protect our receptionist.  All receptionist functions of the front desk are now electronic in order for us to meet the reporting demands of our funding sources.  As the receptionist is working on spreadsheets, accounting software programs and coordinating the daily home delivered meals, we ask that you refrain from choosing to socialize at her station.  The front desk is now a ‘working office space’, the same as our offices.  The pandemic has changed our operations permanently and while we may not be able to visit at length, know that we are working on your behalf, always seeking new funding and programming options.

Wellness Studio and Senior Center Model – In January of 2020, the Board of Directors chose to support the senior center adopting a Wellness Model.  We continue on this mission and while we will include new Life-Long Learning programs, each month we will add more Fitness & Wellness classes/workshops to improve mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.  If you’ve relaxed in your fitness regiment, it’s time to take the pajamas off, get out of the house and get active again!

Check out our website for this month’s classes.

See you at the Center!

Theresa LaCroix