Letter from the Director: February 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We are so happy to have you join us at the center following the storms.  We are grateful for the laughter and conversations returning to our halls.

We start the New Year with very exciting news.  Our wonderful friends at Live Long and Prosper Foundation have chosen us as one of their donor recipients in 2023.  The founders presented us with a check for $50,661.82 to be utilized for Fitness and Wellness classes over the next five years.  As we are a Wellness Model of a senior center (greater focus on fitness classes and medical services), we will use the funds to support specialized fitness courses each year.  Specialized fitness includes classes that address cancer wellness, osteoporosis, arthritis, memory loss, etc.  Moving forward, you will note in the newsletter 1-2 free fitness classes each month.  The donated funds will cover the cost of the instructor and any equipment while the Senior Center will continue to undertake the overhead costs for the class, such as marketing, housekeeping, etc.  We extend a very sincere Thank You to our donors as they support and encourage us to continue with our vision of becoming a premier Wellness Center in northwest King County.  As of January 2023, we host 26 fitness classes weekly (this includes our wonderful dance classes as they meet the criteria for evidence-based exercise).  If you have been too shy to sign-up for one, know that each month we have individuals joining these classes who have never exercised before.  The staff and instructors are happy to chat with you and assist you in finding the right choice.  Many of the classes also offer one free visit, so that you can assess whether or not the program is a good fit for you.

In closing, I would also like to encourage you to notify me of any Family Foundations of which you are aware.  I’m happy to reach out and share all that goes on within our walls, introduce them to our amazing instructors, and share how great our participants are.  Together, we can spread the word about the Center and develop a consistent, sustainable funding base.  Thank you for all that you do to help us in our work.  Wishing each of you a great start to the New Year.  See you at the Center!

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”

-Betty Friedan