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For Immediate Release
3/11/2016
Contact: Zina L. Carter  979-532-6417

‘A GOOD PLACE TO BE’

WCJC Senior Citizen Program provides meals, activities for area’s elderly


Wharton County Junior College Senior Citizen Program participant Imogene Schulz wears a crown during a recent Valentine’s Day celebration at the Wharton Senior Citizen Center. The program provides meals, screenings and fellowship at facilities in Wharton, El Campo, Columbus, Weimar and Eagle Lake.

From delivering hot meals to providing health education to hosting domino tournaments, the Wharton County Junior College Senior Citizen Program offers a host of services to the area’s elderly.

That’s important when considering that many residents don’t have the family or the resources available to provide for themselves.

“Our senior centers are places you can go to meet new people, participate in a wide range of activities and enjoy a good, hot meal,” said Caroline Osborne, Director of the WCJC Senior Citizen Program.

The program operates in both Wharton and Colorado counties. Services include special events, health screenings, games, educational programs and meals. Lunch meals are served throughout the week at five senior centers located in Wharton, El Campo, Columbus, Weimar and Eagle Lake. In addition, the program also provides “Meals on Wheels,” a five day a week meal delivery service for qualified seniors.

Program participants must be 60 years of age or older and complete an application form.

Primary funding for the WCJC Senior Citizen Program comes from the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the Department of Aging and Disabilities Services, local donations and annual fundraisers such as the 5K Stride and Stroll event, held each fall. Additional funding is contributed by the Wharton County Commissioners Court.

Although individual contributions make up a portion of the program’s funding, those who cannot afford to donate to the program are still provided with services.

“No one is turned away,” Osborne said.

Osborne is hoping more of the area’s seniors will sign up to participate. She believes the program provides participants with independence and a sense of community – both of which are critical factors for seniors.

“We have openings at all of our centers and really want more participants,” Osborne said. “This is a good place to be out and be active.”

The WCJC Senior Citizen Program provides meals and activities at the following locations:

• Wharton Senior Center. LaDieu Center, 911

Boling Highway in Wharton. Open 10 a.m. to 2

p.m. Monday through Friday.

• El Campo Senior Center. Prairie Village

Apartments, 1915 North Wharton Street in El

Campo. Open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday

through Friday.

• Columbus Senior Center. Mansfield Library, 930

Travis Street in Columbus. Open 10 a.m. to

1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Weimar Senior Center. First Methodist Church,

301 West St. Charles Street in Weimar. Open 10

a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

• Eagle Lake Senior Center. Courtwood

Apartments, 400 South Austin Road in Eagle

Lake. Open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and

Thursdays.

Anyone interested in joining the program can visit the nearest senior center or call 979-532-6430 in Wharton County or 979-732-5606 in Colorado County. Additional information on the WCJC Senior Citizen Program can be found on the college’s website: www.wcjc.edu

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