News & Announcements

Letters from Director: May 2022

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with King County Health Department,
to host a free COMMUNITY WIDE VACCINATION/BOOSTER DAY, on May 6th, from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. You will not find a simpler process for accessing vaccinations and boosters.

Here are the details:
– No registration required, DROP-IN all day long
– Open to all, ages 5 years and up, depending on the type of vaccination you received
– 1st and 2nd boosters available for Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer
– 1st and 2nd Vaccinations available for Moderna, Johnston & Johnston and Pfizer
– Doors open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
– Interpreters available for Spanish, Korean, Tigrinya, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Hindi,
and Bengali; additional languages will be available through direct phone services
– Anyone in King County, Edmonds and even Lynnwood can attend
* If you are homebound, please call Theresa at 206-365-1536, to schedule
a home visit.
* Seniors requiring a ride can schedule through the regular HYDE Shuttle
service 206-727-6262. Schedule early!
* This is a time when grandparents can assist by bringing grandchildren
for vaccinations.
* Citizenship documents NOT required; all welcome
* Please share this information with neighbors and friends. Accessing
booster shots is not simple for those with language challenges, lack of
computer access and/or skills, or lacking medical providers.

What a busy month, Donna has in store for all of you. Please be sure to mark your
calendars for Dr. Hibbs’ Annual Tuber Sale, our Memorial Day Luncheon, and a host of other
activities (see newsletter). We continue to practice safety mandates to include mask
wearing and proof of vaccination to enter the facility. This is based on our review of
county statistics on 4.17.22, in which there is a slight increase in the number of cases
reported in the county and Shoreline. With the wonderful volume of participants returning to
the center, the statements staff receives, is an overwhelming approval of maintaining our
safety mandates a little longer.

Be sure to check out the new, FREE classes and programs offered this month. I want to give
a shout-out to our new Cognitive Assessment program that will be in place, beginning May.
The testing is confidential, and only participants receive the results. The effects of social
isolation during these past 2 years, has influenced all of us. Plus, we recognize how difficult
it has been to seek medical appointments with General Practitioners and specialists alike.
There is a wide variety of reasons that one may have a decline in cognitive health. Be sure
to attend the workshop and if you feel the need, schedule a private appointment with our
expert. As we are speaking about experts, our Veterans’ Benefit Advisor, and our Social
Worker are busy helping folks. Just call the center to schedule your appointment.

Our board of directors has voted to re-adopt the original name of the senior center, simply
adding the word ACTIVITY, to read, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Activity Center. This is to
reflect how engaged we are through the aging process and to assist us in avoiding the
presumption that we are a long-term care facility. Our participants are active in a variety of
interests, enjoying the senior years to the fullest.

Take care, be safe and I will see you at the center!

Theresa LaCroix

Letters from the Director: April 2022

Dear Friends,

For those of you that have collaborated with me during these past few years, you are aware that I do not promote politics within the senior center as we are a welcoming community for all healthy thought processes and beliefs. With a heavy heart for our family and global friends abroad, we are all hurting at this time, as we view photos of lovely residential communities bombed and innocent lives taken. It is in these times that we must remember what truly matters in our lives — family, friends, faith, and health.

 

The staff of Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center would like to share how we choose to promote our mission at the center. We are a safe place for all – regardless of religion, race, culture, gender choice or national origin. In addition, w e w ant all to know , that during hours of operation, Monday–Thursday 8:30a.m.–4:00p.m. and Friday 8:30a.m.–1:00p.m., we are a safe zone for anyone fearing harm as they travel through our neighborhood. While our front door continues to remain locked, we are in full operations and will open our doors to anyone fearing for their safety.

 

Each year, the staff sets goals that we strive to accomplish over the year. While we’ve worked for the past 3 years in developing our diversity at the center, 2022 will be the year that provides us the opportunity to implement programs, classes, and services that we have been laying the groundwork for. We are so excited to share that our staff has the capacity to communicate in English, Bengali, French, Spanish, and Hindi, to better serve you. We are global citizens that believe the beauty and harmony of the center exists in the participants as they share their languages and cultures, actively engaged in our programming. We thank you for sharing ‘who you are’, opening our world to new understandings and working towards becoming a stronger and happier community.

 

Each month, we will be adding new classes and programs, moving us into a wonderful diverse center. Thank you for your support towards our goal of becoming a ‘senior center without walls’, as we could not achieve it without your energy and willingness to represent our communities more fully.

 

As you browse this month’s newsletter, remember to check out our new classes: English as a Second Language (ESL), Veterans’ Yoga Classes, Rainbow Bingo, Climate Support Yoga, Get Fit Stay Fit, Tuesday Afternoon at The Movies, and Financial Workshops.

 

We continue to grow, gradually returning to our pre-COVID participation numbers and love hearing laughter and conversations in the halls. Due to overwhelming demand, we are continuing our COVID safety mandates of mask wearing while in the center and providing the required Proof of Vaccination. Every 2 weeks, staff will review the county’s stats on hospitalizations by age, of COVID positive cases and gradually reduce our mandates.

Stay safe and see you at the Center!

 

Our true nationality is mankind.”

— H.G. Wells

 

Theresa LaCroix

Letter from the Director: April 2022

Dear Friends,

For those of you that have collaborated with me during these past few years, you are aware that I do not promote
politics within the senior center as we are a welcoming community for all healthy thought processes and beliefs.
With a heavy heart for our family and global friends abroad, we are all hurting at this time, as we view photos of
lovely residential communities bombed and innocent lives taken. It is in these times that we must remember what
truly matters in our lives — family, friends, faith, and health.

The staff of Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center would like to share how we choose to promote our mission
at the center. We are a safe place for all – regardless of religion, race, culture, gender choice or national
origin. In addition, w e w ant all to know , that during hours of operation, Monday–Thursday 8:30a.m.–
4:00p.m. and Friday 8:30a.m.–1:00p.m., we are a safe zone for anyone fearing harm as they travel through our
neighborhood. While our front door continues to remain locked, we are in full operations and will open our doors
to anyone fearing for their safety.

Each year, the staff sets goals that we strive to accomplish over the year. While we’ve worked for the past 3 years
in developing our diversity at the center, 2022 will be the year that provides us the opportunity to implement
programs, classes, and services that we have been laying the groundwork for. We are so excited to share that
our staff has the capacity to communicate in English, Bengali, French, Spanish, and Hindi, to better serve you.
We are global citizens that believe the beauty and harmony of the center exists in the participants as they share
their languages and cultures, actively engaged in our programming. We thank you for sharing ‘who you are’,
opening our world to new understandings and working towards becoming a stronger and happier community.
Each month, we will be adding new classes and programs, moving us into a wonderful diverse center. Thank you
for your support towards our goal of becoming a ‘senior center without walls’, as we could not achieve it without
your energy and willingness to represent our communities more fully.

As you browse this month’s newsletter, remember to check out our new classes: English as a Second Language
(ESL), Veterans’ Yoga Classes, Rainbow Bingo, Climate Support Yoga, Get Fit Stay Fit, Tuesday Afternoon at The
Movies, and Financial Workshops.

We continue to grow, gradually returning to our pre-COVID participation numbers and love hearing laughter and
conversations in the halls. Due to overwhelming demand, we are continuing our COVID safety mandates of mask
wearing while in the center and providing the required Proof of Vaccination. Every 2 weeks, staff will review the
county’s stats on hospitalizations by age, of COVID positive cases and gradually reduce our mandates.

Stay safe and see you at the Center!

Our true nationality is mankind.”
— H.G. Wells

 

Theresa LaCroix

Letter from the Director: March 2022

Director’s Message:

Well, we are off and running in the New Year.  On behalf of the staff, instructors, and volunteers, we would like to extend a huge thank you to all who have purchased memberships in 2022.  To date, we have 452 members, and as we continue to offer new classes as well as welcome back the remaining pre-COVID classes, the center is a buzz with friendships rekindling and smiles.  We continue to abide by the City of Shoreline and King County Health Department mandates, to ensure a safe environment.  I’d like to share that all staff have had their boosters as well.  This is not a requirement of any participants, only staff/instructors.

End of Year Financials will be released once the audit of 2021 will be completed.  At this time, the senior center no longer has a deficit and while we did not profit in 2021, we were able to pay off our $138,000 debt, through your wonderful donations and the funding through grants and foundation donations.  As noted, once the audit is completed, I’ll share further details of our finances in March.

AARP  Free Tax Preparation Assistance: All appointments are made through AARP volunteers.  Please call               425-610-8186 and leave your name/phone # and they will call you back.  At this time, their recording will state that due to the volume of calls, it could be several weeks before you are contacted.  The limited number of volunteer tax preparers has greatly reduced, creating a backlog of appointments.

UNITED WAY Free Tax Preparation Assistance:  United Way has several sites around the county, to provide free Tax Preparation Assistance. They are offering evening appointments for those in the daytime work force.  Please call           206-461-3700 and leave a message with your name and phone # and why you are calling.

How do we resource our Operating Budget for the year:  Each year, we begin with a zero budget as a 501-C3 independent nonprofit.  Any debt from the previous year is paid by our reserves in our Board bank account, which is different than our daily Operating Budget.  Of course, you must have reserves built up to address these expenses.  We have 8 ways that we generate revenue to support all the work at the senior center:  Individual Donations, Memberships, Class Fees, Fund Raising events such as Bingo, fudge sales, etc., Corporate Sponsorships, Grants and Foundation Donations.  We will soon be sharing information about our Legacy Donation Program, which allows individuals to dedicate funds to the center after they have passed on.  We have also reviewed all vendor contracts, eliminated any unnecessary services and/or regular purchases that could reduce our monthly costs.

Thank you to City of Lake Forest Park and Lake Forest Park Rotary: In 2021, we submitted a grant request of $28,000 to the City of Lake Forest Park, under the ARPA Federal Rescue Funds.  We are so grateful that the City of LFP chose our center as a recipient for the full requested amount.  We also submitted a funding request to the LFP Rotary and have received $2,500 to support food costs for our Community Dining Program. We extend a heartfelt thank-you to both agencies for their continued support.  The neighborhood concept in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, has fostered an amazing level of commitment to all of the non-profits in our area, helping each of us in sustaining our services during these hard times.  Most of you know that 2021 was a very trying year for myself, and 2022 gifted me with a case of COVID.  Being able to work remote brought me a level of comfort and joy, as I was able to see our senior center continue to rise above the obstacles of COVID and continue to expand our services. Thank you for your kind words, prayers, positive energy, and cards as you elevated my spirits with encouragement.  It is so great to be back on site and see your faces.  Many days, I still tear up when a familiar face comes through the door.  So many senior centers are still closed or only operating minimal services online. You have made it possible for us to return to in-person by your respectful adherence to our safety mandates.

 

Theresa LaCroix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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