Welcome to Ballard NW Senior Center



members of ballard senior center with signs that say Stay Strong

Ballard NW is known as the friendly center where all are welcome and appreciated. We are committed to equity and inclusion. As our CEO said, “At Sound Generations we embrace the belief that racial and other social identities should be respected and affirmed.” We don’t tolerate racism on any level and we commit to work for a better future.

We serve those 50 and above and the disabled and this is the most vulnerable population for contracting the virus and having the worst outcomes. We must protect the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff. Strict protocols are in effect and rules and safety precautions must be followed (view our protocols here). We have started this very gradual and slow reopen of the center for a very few one on one services only. There is NO GENERAL ADMITTANCE ALLOWED. There are also a few small outside services started with 5 or less participants. Please see July 2020 newsletter to see these services. Our Center lunch pick-up take-out services will continue for the foreseeable future on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 12 and 1 on a first come first served basis. Delivery to our homebound seniors in the area is Tuesday and Thursday, two meals delivered each of those days. Please call to set up delivery service. If all goes well we still don’t anticipate opening fully until late August or early September at the earliest.

I want to thank each and every volunteer for all your service to the center. You are the heart and soul of our center. We applaud and honor each of you. Your care, concern, commitment, time, energy, knowledge, heart, friendliness, hard work, effort and dedication are deeply appreciated. Thank You, thank You! Love and hugs to each of you. Keep smiling, we will be serving together as soon as possible.

Our wonderful Travel Adventure presenter Janice is offering to provide some of her adventures over the years to you by email. You love her adventures and these will be outstanding. If you want to take advantage of this fantastic offer, email Janice at janicevc@seanet.com and she will include you when she sends these out.

Another opportunity for you to learn and enjoy. Please go to the Seattle Public library site and look for “ Virtual arts for 50+”. They have some wonderful offerings. Enjoy!

“Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” – Lydia Child

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”

Let’s take a moment to think about this lovely quote! We can think about people we care about, past or present. I am hoping you can share with this person/these persons how you truly care about them!

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion,  some humor and some style.” – Maya Angelo

“Stay true to yourself, people respond to authenticity.” – Barbara Streisand

“Books are the plane, and the train and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.” – Anna Quindlen

“Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all of your fellow human beings everywhere in the world.” – Margaret Laurence

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.” – Audrey Hepburn

”Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Muriel Strode

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

“No one can make you inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Takeout Meals

Pick up take-out lunches at the Center front door between 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on a first-come-first-served basis. Suggested donation of $4.00 per meal. Delivery meals in our limited area are available Tuesdays and Thursdays. Two full meals and a container of soup are available those days at a suggested donation of $10.00 per day. To request delivery please leave your name, phone number and address and we will contact you. Please request by email to either lorig@soundgenerations.org, or carlyet@soundgenerations.org, or carolynw@soundgenerations.org. We will do our best to have volunteers available to deliver meals. Thank you!


  • Monday, Oct. 26:  Beef Stroganoff over Noodles, Carrots and Peas, Green Salad, Fruit & Dessert
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27:  Stuffed Peppers (with Ground Beef, Marinara Sauce and Cheese), Steamed Rice, Brussel Sprouts, Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce & Dessert
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28:  Buttermilk Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with Cream Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Fresh Fruit & Dessert
  • Thursday, Oct. 29: (1) Cadaver Ribs with Smoky Sweet Barbecue Sauce, Tombstone Potatoes (Oven Fries), Swamp Salad (Cucumber and Napa Cabbage), Casket Cornbread and Creepy Cranberry Cake, and (2) Fish and Chips, Creamy Coleslaw, Fruit & Dessert

Menus will be announced weekly as food availability changes. Because of this we can only make meal menus available the first of each week. Thanks for your patience.

Thursday and Friday takeouts are handed out on Thursday. No Friday service.

I have a list of community members that are willing to shop for local neighbors and pick up prescriptions etc. if you have a need. Please call the center at 206-297-0403 and we will do our best to make arrangements (but no promises).

We are very grateful to Ballard Trader Joe’s, Byen Bakeri, and Dole company for the delicious products they donate for our take-out/pick-up lunches. We so appreciate your help and support!

The virus has turned our world upside down. Please donate to support the center during this very difficult and uncertain time.

Please Donate Here

Center Sponsors

Thank you Seattle Rep for your partnership and support to our seniors participating in Public Works.