The Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center, Inc. was incorporated in 1974 when three organizations serving senior citizens were merged. The three former agencies were:
1. Huntsville Opportunity Program for the Elderly (HOPE), which provided services for seniors to facilitate their ability to live independently in their own homes as long as possible;
2. Fellowship Center, which provided socialization opportunities and some service functions for seniors:
3. Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), which provided seniors with the opportunity to develop a recognized role in the community and a meaningful life in retirement through significant volunteer service to the community.
In April 1975 all Senior Center staff moved into the old Mental Health Center facility at 218 Randolph Avenue. That location was temporary while the old Big Spring Community Center was being renovated for the Senior Center. On October 4, 1976 the Senior Center moved into their newly renovated Big Spring Park facility. This "dream home" became a reality due to the efforts of many individuals and organizations. The Center is especially grateful to Community Development for funding the renovation of that facility.
In January 1992, after two and one-half years of study, the Huntsville City Council approved the site at Brahan Spring Park for the new Senior Center facility. On October 20, 1994 the Senior Center moved into its new state-of the-art facility.
This 45,000 square foot building is three times the size of our old Senior Center and our city can be proud of it. It says to local residents and visitors alike that our community cares about its senior population.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Our Senior Center is distinct in the services and programs it offers. We provide a wide variety of programs and activities geared to the interests of our active and productive seniors. Each week we have over forty different creative skills classes, four different dance classes, two different exercise groups, creative writing, computer skills, duplicate and party bridge and other card games, billiards, music classes, chorus, orchestra, health screenings and health related programs, and much more.
We also provide a variety of services for those much less active seniors who are confined on a limited or permanent basis to their homes. Meals on Wheels, limited homemaker services, case management and information and referral all fall into this category. Research tells us that these services help to keep people in their own homes for a longer period of time and saves millions of dollars in nursing home expenses.
In the area of nutrition, in addition to our Meals on Wheels program, the Senior Center itself is one of the six nutrition centers in Madison County which provides a hot meal each day, Monday through Friday, at a cost to the seniors dictated by income.
There are also some forty satellite groups associated with the Senior Center throughout Madison County to provide additional activities and camaraderie for hundreds of seniors.
Our Senior Center is considered one of the top centers in the United States.
PERSONAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Staff members are available to make presentations to groups in the community to reach additional seniors in need and volunteers to help. We have an exciting visual program, which is both entertaining and educational. Please contact Kay Vest, 382-0924 or e-mail email@example.com, for additional information.
A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The "60 years of age or better" participants, the staff, the Executive Director and the Board greatly appreciate the support given by the citizens of the community, businesses, organizations, agencies and government officials in order to help make the Senior Center what it is today. Located geographically in the center of Huntsville, AL, the facility was designed, furnished and equipped to enhance the quality of life of the growing senior segment of our community. Space is provided to efficiently and effectively expand existing programs and care service and add new ones.
The Center is used to its full capacity many times each week as participants have opportunities to "be all they can be."
Throughout the year the Senior Center offers opportunities for the community to participate in various activities at the Center which produce revenues to enhance our various programs:
- Gift Shop Sales
- Senior Expo
- Golf Classic
- Rental of space for meetings and events
BE A SENIOR CENTER BOOSTER
The Senior Center Booster program was created to help furnish and equip our fine facility. The program continues in order to pay for significantly increased operating costs and expansion of programs and care services.
Including the Senior Center Booster fund in your annual contributions will enrich the lives of thousands of seniors and you will help the Senior Center continue to maintain our center as a model for other communities throughout the country. We do not at any time or for any reason share personal information about our donors. We do send letters of acknowledgement and appreciation for all donations, and, unless the donor requests otherwise, we list their name on our Wall of Honor plaques at the Senior Center.
Please mail your tax deductible check to Senior Center Boosters, 2200 Drake Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35805. For your convenience you may choose to establish a monthly bank draft. You will receive a note of appreciation and if your contribution is at the Patron level or above, your name will be listed with other contributors on the Wall of Honor at the Senior Center to inform participants and visitors.
ANNUAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY.....
1. What Information do we collect and how do we use that Information?
We collect donors’ names and contact information on the forms donors submit. The information could then be used for the following: a thank you letter which can be used as a tax letter, solicitation during the next campaign, notification of upcoming events, as well as additional touches throughout the year.
2. How can donors contact us to review their personal Information and request corrections?
If you have questions concerning your personal Information, please contact us at our main number, 256-880-7080 and ask for the Accounting Department.
3. How can a donor inform us that they do not want their Information shared outside of the Senior Center?
We do not share our donor Information outside of the Senior Center unless you personally ask us to do so.
4. What security measures do we have in place to protect donor Information?
All donor information is maintained in house in a secure computer program or In a lockable file with extremely limited access for 5 years. No specific donor information is shared outside of our agency. Information on paper is shredded on site after 5 years. Credit card information is never maintained. It is deleted or shredded immediately after use.
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