Serving Seniors Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides programs, activities, and services for seniors. It was developed by seniors for seniors who want to improve the quality of life for themselves and others. This organization focuses on aging in the community and is dependent on kind hearted volunteers and fundraisers.
To provide a community focal point for seniors with services, programs and activities to encompass their physical, social, intellectual and emotional well being with equal access for all. To enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with the community.
Goals and Objectives:
– To enhance the quality of life for seniors.
– To maintain a directory of existing and new resources and services that is necessary to seniors living in the community.
– To provide outreach services as well as stimulating programs, activities and leadership opportunities. Provide the opportunity to make new friends as well as maintain old friendships.
– To inform seniors of and encourage them to participate in the opportunities for service available through Serving Seniors Inc. and the community.
– To educate the community about the needs and services required by seniors and to make the community aware of the services seniors give the community.
Serving Seniors was founded in February 1987, by a group of seniors concerned with helping other seniors remain independent and with preventing social isolation.
1989 – “Discover Choices” a three year health promotion program funded through health and welfare was introduced to Steinbach, R.M. of Hanover, and Landmark. Two staff were hired to implement health promotions programs to educate seniors and caregivers.
1991 – A steering committee was created to be responsible for researching the process of developing a senior centre after the board of Serving Seniors assessed the impact of the programs. The board of directors realized that this active living program needed to continue past 1992, and so a staff person was hired, a membership implemented and the search for a building was started.
1993 – 401 Main Street was leased.
1995 – The Centre now known as “Steinbach 55 Plus” moved to 198 Chapel Drive. The board and membership were still on the hunt for a building they could call their own.
2000 – the Centre moved again. For four years Steinbach 55 Plus operated from the lower level of 304 Second Street.
2002 – Steinbach 55 Plus put an offer in to purchase a 15,000 sq. ft. building, plus a portable attachment. A few months later that offer was accepted.
2004 – Steinbach 55 Plus moved to a facility at 10 Chrysler Gate. A place they could call their own. This facility provides space for a variety of different programs and rentals. Steinbach 55 Plus is finally settled and enthusiastic about calling this facility their home.
2013 – Pat Porter was a name synonymous with Steinbach 55 Plus. Her unfortunate passing in December of 2012 led to a committee being formed to designate what would be done with the funds that were donated in her memory. As a legacy to all the work she had done with the Centre from 1989 -2012 our facility was renamed “Pat Porter Active Living Centre”. A scholarship fund for a SRSS graduate entering nursing was also initiated.
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