New month, new location.
Startng Wednesday, area senior citizens will gather at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, having outgrown their current site in the basement of the Wapakoneta Heritage Center located downtown.
The Auglaize County Council on Aging has operated a satellite location in Wapakoneta for more than a year, said Christine Roby, director of the agency that operates the main senior citizen center in St. Marys. She noted the location in the basement of the office center that houses the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council as well as the United Way, was a great place to incubate the satellite location, which had been one of Roby’s goals for years.
“We’re really thankful to the Chamber for letting us get started,” Roby said. “We were really bursting at the seams there which is a good problem to have.”
The satellite center continues to be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The seniors will use the YMCA’s community room. In addition to lunch, senior who patronize the center participate in cards, crafts, wellness checks and more. The move to the YMCA opens the door for the two organizations to join forces in potential additional ventures, including intergenerational programming.
“We are very excited to enter into a collaboration and partnership with the ACCA,” Wapakoneta Family YMCA Executive Director Josh Little said. “One of our major initiates in our strategic plan is how we can better serve active, older adults and this fits perfectly with our mission, our values and our plan.”
The center is open to all area seniors and transportation can be arranged by calling ACCA’s outreach services at 419-394-8252, the same number to call to pre-order lunch. Roby said an open house is in the planning stages for a March date to be announced.