Dear Sir or Madam,
I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Bill Rhodes. I am the executive director of the Henderson Senior Center, also known as the Gathering Place. It has been often said that we are Henderson County’s “Hidden Gem”, but I want to change that. I don’t want us to be hidden any more. So, I am writing you this letter to tell three things, who we are, what we do, and why we do it.
Who. We are Henderson County’s premier senior center. We are a community of senior citizens who gather to fellowship, participate in programs specifically developed for seniors, exercise to stay healthy, eat daily nutritionally balanced meals for good nutrition, and keep our minds active by playing fun games with each other to keep our minds and reflexes sharp.
What. The Gathering Place is Henderson County’s Meals on Wheels provider for home bound seniors. Annually, we deliver approximately 35,000 hot meals to seniors who cannot leave their homes because of aging, declining health, or the inability to drive. This you may already know but there is so much more! Did you know we have a transportation service for seniors aged 60+ for Henderson County seniors to be able to regain the independence that may have been lost. The ability to go to doctor appointments, pharmacy, grocery shopping, banking, and other essential needs for daily living.
We also have a full gymnasium for seniors to take advantage of to keep themselves strong and out of the hospital as well as weekly line dancing instruction to keep moving in their golden years. Daily activities like BINGO, billiards, puzzles, card games, board games, exercise programs specifically designed for senior citizens. Self-led programs like Walk-With-Ease designed by the American Arthritis Foundation and our brand-new class called Matter of Balance. This class will help seniors gain stability and strength and confidence to stay independent longer.
Why. The reason that we do what we do is we care about our senior community and are willing to do all we can to help them thrive and prosper as they age. Our goal is to be a resource of information and action where seniors are cared for both physically and emotionally. Our goal is to be a valuable resource for our senior community now and well into the future!
How you can help! By volunteering your time to serve or deliver meals or help with outreach activities as they are scheduled throughout the year. You Can support us financially by becoming a monthly or annual sponsor of the Gathering Place Senior Center, you will help provide financial resources that will help us provide essential programs and activities for our senior community now and well into the future. By sponsoring us with a monthly tax-deductible gift of $8.34 or $100.00 annually, you will become a part of our community caring for those who cared for us!
Bill Rhodes, Executive Director
The Gathering Place