Welcome to Ballard NW Senior Center

July 9, 2020

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.”

The Governor has moved King County to Phase 1.5. This changes our projected gradual re-open target date. Phase 1.5 is in place until June 26 before the county can possibly move to Phase 2 at the earliest. Our new target date is July 6, 2020 for one-on-one services only. These services may include social work services, foot care, legal and financial counseling, dental hygiene as examples. Training on new health protocols will occur June 29 – July 6.

We serve those 50 and above and the disabled and this is the most vulnerable population for the contracting the virus and having the worst outcomes. We will open very carefully as we must protect the safety and health of our participants, volunteers and staff. There will be strict protocols in effect and rules and safety precautions must be followed. Phase 1 will only allow some one-on-one services. A letter with these strict protocols will be sent out and posted on this website in the near future. Our lunch take-out/pick-up will continue for the foreseeable future every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and delivery on Tuesday and Thursday. We look forward to welcoming you back with a slow opening over many weeks in early July. If all goes well it will still probably be late summer or early fall before we will be fully open.

Reminder: We are open for take-out/pick-up lunches Monday – Thursday from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Please call 206-297-0403 to request delivery if you are housebound.

We were sad to learn that one of our center family members passed away from Covid-19 in late March. A close family member also contracted the virus and was hospitalized and thankfully is recovering. This man will be greatly missed, and we are thrilled the other member is recovering. We send our sympathy to the family and best wishes for the other’s continued recovery. I’m sorry we didn’t hear about this earlier so we could have offered support sooner.

While I hope these are the only cases that have affected our Center family, I’m concerned this may not be the case. If you know participants that are being affected, and where the center might offer support, please let them or their family know they can contact me at carlyet@soundgenerations.org or our social worker, Jennifer, at jenniferc@soundgenerations.org. We will support you to the best of our ability whether it be with meals, social work support, or simply positive thoughts and hope.

We must remain vigilant. The Covid-19 virus is still with us. We must continue to practice social distancing, keeping at least 6 feet apart, washing hands often, sanitizing, and staying away from others except for essential tasks. We can’t let our guard down or the virus may spike up again and we will be back to square one.

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!

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!

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.

Read Letter from the Director

“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


Research shows that reading can keep your mind and brain active. Pick up something you enjoy or even an audible book-listening to a good book counts as reading too! What are your favorite reads? Please let me know at jenniferc@soundgenerations.org. Reading out loud to yourself can help break up periods of silence if you live alone.

Laughter, it’s said, is the best medicine. And there is a lot of evidence that laughter does lots of good things for us. This has been documented since the 1300’s! It reduces pain and allows us to tolerate discomfort. It lowers blood sugar. It improves relationships and your outlook. Watch a funny video, TV show or radio program. Youtube.com has endless amounts of comedy to pursue from stand-up comedians or funny cat videos. Bookmark the sites you love. Comedy is a great distraction and can take your mind off COVID-19!

What’s outside your window? Mind your view. How does it change? Does it stay the same? We have had some really nice spring weather to take notice of. Keep an active journal about things you notice outside. Bird watch, People watch. Draw a picture of your view every day. Wave to people! Right now it’s important to connect any way we can with people. Waving is friendly and germ free!

Do you have computer access? Explore the world wide web! Look up your old addresses, schools ,neighborhoods on google earth or Zillow.com websites. Search old friends or clubs that you have been involved in. Many schools have alumni clubs. It can be fun to reminisce about previous places and remember the good memories. Research  a destination you would love to visit! If you do not have a computer, can you write a letter to a friend or family member? Mail is one of our timeless ways to stay in touch and still reliable!

Try to do something creative today! Write a poem or start a positive journal (write down good things about the day…maybe at least two observations?) Maybe watch a video on how to learn calligraphy, paint, draw… even doodle! Coloring can also be therapeutic and relaxing.

Look to the past in general and to your past experiences. Get hope from your past and your resilience. What other challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? There are plenty of events to consider from weather related (hurricane, mudslide, earthquake) to national events like 9/11 or the 2008 financial meltdown/recession. You made it! You are stronger because of it. Know that you will get through this. Remind yourself of your resilience!

Limit your intake of news. Choose one source, like KING 5, Seattle Times or one of the national channels for example, and decide how much time to spend with it each day. Try your best to stick with that plan. My plan currently is reading online news sources in the morning for any updates-10 to 15 minutes on national news then again before dinner for 15 to 30 minutes for local news and weather. This provides me enough time to stay updated and not get overwhelmed! Please decide what you are comfortable with and adjust as necessary.

Hi Everyone,

It’s June and we will be home a bit longer than we hoped so let’s keep it positive under these difficult Covid-19 situation and smile, you will feel better and so will everyone that sees you.

We welcomed Jennifer, our new social worker, who joined our team April 1st. If you would like to have a social work phone chat, there are no in person appointments because the center is not offering inside,onsite programs at this time, email Jennifer at jenniferc@soundgenerations.org, leave your name, email address and phone number, and Jennifer will contact you and set a time for a phone visit.

Also, if you are just feeling the need for a phone friend to chat with please let Jennifer or me, Carlye, at carlyet@soundgenerations.org or Carolyn at carolynw@soundgenerations.org know as we have some community volunteers that are happy to call you and spend a few minutes being phone friends. These are community neighbors and have offered their services to help older adults from the center with a variety of services during this pandemic. They applied, and I have run background checks on them. But as always, don’t ever give out your personal or financial information to anyone.

We hope you and your family are doing well during this difficult time. Remember it is important to stay socially connected even though we are asked to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. Try staying in contact through FaceTime, emails, by phone or even write a letter. Read an uplifting book, do a jigsaw puzzle, and write down some positive things, and smile. You will feel better.

I hope everyone is doing well. We miss you and look forward to seeing you all back at the center when this virus leaves. The staff is working to and providing services to meet the needs of our participants, connecting people with resources and services and doing take out pick up lunches Monday thru Thursday from the center’s front door and organizing limited deliveries Tuesdays and Thursdays. I want to take this opportunity to give tremendous thanks to our staff Lori and Carolyn for their amazing work. We are a great team. I also want to thank our several committed volunteers who have been here supporting all that is being done. So thanks to Past program coordinator Jessica and Carol and Laurie for all their help with the take-out meals and to Lisa for her office and handout support and to lunch delivery drivers Pete and Katie, and Jeanne, Lynne, Bobbie and Amanda for their support and stand-by help. We are a special team that is doing a great job. I so enjoy seeing you every day coming by to get meals and offering conversation, a funny story, giving each other greetings and smiles and how are you, all from at least 6 feet apart. Thanks to you all that are practicing social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing, and not touching your faces etc. If we each do our part, together we will beat this virus. Keep up the good work everyone.

New information. Because of the order to stay home etc. the center will remain closed through July 5, 2020. We will reassess as we move through this difficult time. Watch this website for updated information. This is also a very difficult time for the Center financially. There is a DONATE button on this homepage. Any donation large or small is greatly appreciated.

We have Chef Lori’s delicious lunches available for pick-up between 12:00pm and 1:00pm Monday – Thursday at the front door. Please stay 6 feet away from those ahead and behind you and wear a mask. Please see my letter and the section about meals farther down the home page.

Thanks, and watch this page for additional information.


Takeout Meals

Pick up take-out lunches at the Center front door between 12:00pm – 1:00pm 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, July 13: BBQ Pork Sandwich, Mac Salad, Slaw, Dessert
  • Tuesday, July 14: Pasta & Meatballs, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert
  • Wednesday, July 15: Curry Chicken & Veg w/ Rice, Naan, Dessert
  • Thursday, July 16: (1) Tuna Niçoise Wrap, Cottage Cheese & Fruit, Dessert (2) Lasagna, Garden Salad, Soup, 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).

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

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Center Sponsors

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

The Al Hovland Memorial $pring for $eniors Auction

The Al Hovland Memorial $pring for $eniors Auction

Save the date for September 20, 2020!

The Ballard NW Senior Center auction committee and board are honored to name our 2020 auction the Al Hovland Memorial Auction and Gala. This will be our biggest and best event ever!

Auction Sponsors: Holland America Line, Trident Seafood, Amy Dussault, Sarah Hovland, Dick and Sherry Richards, Ameriprise Financial, Carol Batchelder, Ocean Peace, GM Nameplate, Bowie Electric, Tim and Sharon McKenzie, Stoneway Hardware, Mountain Pacific Bank, Swedish Medical Center, Bardahl Manufacturing, Seattle Divorce Services, Ballard Ornamental ironworks, Rutha Thomas, century 21, Janet and Art Armstrong, Sunset Hill Veterinary, Foss Home and Village, Annies Nannies, Inc., Dr. David Aoyama

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