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The Center is a club for adults who are 18 years or older.  Our youngest member is 24 and our oldest member is 102.  We have something for everyone regarding socialization, recreation and nutrition.  We offer a wide array of activities, billiards, bingo, cards (pinochle, hand and foot, bridge, cribbage, and whist), craft and computer classes, dominos, exercise classes with Judi O’Connell every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, a fitness center featuring a NuStep, line dancing, quilting, scrapbooking, table tennis, Wii bowling, and so much more.  It costs just $35 a year to be a member, which gives you the opportunity to participate in all of the activities.  Many of our events are open to the pubic but members pay less to participate, adding value to their membership.  The Center hosts a number of dances, tours and travel opportunities to casinos, dinner theatres and more, pancake feeds are offered on the second Wednesday of the month, dinner and a movie on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, and an evening meal on the fourth Wednesday of the month, in addition to year around holiday celebrations.  As a member, you receive a monthly 24-page newsletter keeping you informed of the many offerings.

The Center provides many free services.  We are currently in the midst of tax season where we partner with AARP.  When it is all said and done we will have filed over 300 individual/family tax forms at no charge.  This past year we assisted hundreds of individuals thru the SHIINE program, helping people with the tricky Medicare Part D paperwork buffering them from much frustration.  This free service saved Yankton County Seniors $333,983 pharmaceutical costs.  For low income Senior’s we also have a commodities program, distributing 2,280 boxes of supplemental food yearly providing 57,596 pounds of food valued at $87,546.  We offer a monthly pet food assistance program for the low income.  Research shows that taking care of something adds years to one’s life. Our free services are delivered and coordinated by our many amazing volunteers.

We are very proud of our Nutrition program.  Over the past year we served 44,659 home-cooked nutritious hot meals thru the congregate dining effort, our partnership with HyVee and our Meals on Wheels program.  Through our partnership with area churches our dedicated volunteers deliver around 15,000 meals a year, to those who are homebound, come rain or shine.  Over 5,000 meals are distributed at no cost to Senior’s who are well below the poverty level.  Our fundraising efforts coupled with the tremendous support we receive from the United Way, funds the numerous free meals we serve to those most in need.  Nationwide, the Meals on Wheels program saves our government and taxpayers millions of dollars in long term care costs while keeping our Seniors independent in the comfort of their own home.  We partner with HyVee to provide Seniors with affordable meals in the evening, weekends and holidays.  Though you do not have to be a member to participate in the HyVee program you must stop by The Center to get a scan card and pay for your meals.  We hope that you might consider becoming a member of The Center for just $35 a year. Whether you dine at The Center or at HyVee, if you are over 60 years old, the recommended donation for a meal is only $3.75, if you are under 60 years old you pay just $6.50.  We offer home-cooked meals Monday thru Friday from 11:30AM-12:30PM each day.  All you have to do is call 665-1055 and make a meal reservation.  If you haven’t tried the food at The Center you are really missing out.  All meals at The Center are homemade and are open to the public.

In order to sustain our many efforts from serving nearly 45,000 meals a year, offering numerous recreational and social activities, delivering free services to those who are low income as well as people of all ages, it is essential to raise the dollars needed to continue our mission.  We are so grateful to be a United Way agency.  We appreciate the many campaign volunteers and businesses that generously support the United Way effort.  The support we receive enables us to serve the needs of those in our community who need assistance.  We have an outstanding Center Board of Directors who leads the way with President Joleen Smith, Vice-President David Hosmer, Secretary Heather Olson, Treasurer Kara Payer, Velma Kuchta, John Harper, Chris Nelsen, Bob Kellen, Diane Reese, Cee Sorenson, Steve Wentworth, John Swensen.  The board of director’s daily witness and are a part of the profound impact and difference we make in the lives of so many.

We are so grateful for the continued support we receive from the United Way, our Board of Directors, Center Members and Volunteers, Churches, Service Clubs, Businesses, Individual Donors, and Schools/Students.  Our volunteers help us deliver our mission serve others.  If you want to make a difference and get involved, you can become a member, a volunteer, a donor,         or all three, just give us a call at 665-4685 or stop by our beautiful facility at 900 Whiting Drive.

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