Letter from the Director: December 2022

Dear Friends,

What a great year it has been, having past friends and new faces return to the senior center for classes and services.  We currently have 732 members and offer some 61 programs/services, most weekly.  To hear voices and laughter in the hallways has lifted the spirits of the staff, who were frankly, quite exhausted from our COVID efforts and longing to return to our normal daily routines.

Thank you for supporting us through memberships, class fees, attendance at special activities such as Rainbow Bingo and your individual donations.  We are coming up on Tuesday, November 29th, the

GIVE BIG TUESDAY which will be celebrated across the county.


We are asking for one more big push this November, as we ask for your donations to cover the yearly costs of operations of the senior center.  The staff and Board are taxed with raising $610,000 each year to cover our Operating Budget Expenses, and in a year where we found all our costs increased, it has been challenging as we had not planned on the new higher amounts.  As we closed the month of October, we had a deficit of $115,937.  We have through December 31st to cover these costs.


We ask for your financial support through the

GIVING TUESDAY CAMPAIGN which begins November 29th, 2022!

Your dollars really matter and will help support our work through the end of December, providing hot meals, amazing fitness classes, and quality personal medical services such as Foot Care, Social Work Counseling and Bastyr Naturopathic Medical services.  Giving Tuesday is a time to give back to your community.  Your dollars help us provide for not only your needs, but those of your neighbors as well.

We know that Food Security remains a major concern for many seniors, and through our Food Security Programs have been able to assist them.  Providing free Social Work counseling and Veteran Benefits Advising has truly been successful with many seniors benefitting from these services.  It is impossible to not only continue offering them but expand our reach to more veterans and seniors.


Please help us meet our costs and expand our services.  In January 2023, we will be adding classes such as Yoga for the Cognitively Impaired, individual Acupuncture services, and new fitness classes.  The need is there, and we have the professional staff available to move forward.  We just need your financial support.


Thank you for your kindness during our healing process following the loss of Donna Saltzberg and thank you for helping us keep such a vibrant, fun senior center operating 5 days per week.  We wish each and every one of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!