Welcome to Ballard NW Senior Center
The Governor has put many restrictions back in place to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 occurring in the state. While we are discouraged by this development it is necessary for everyone’s health and safety, we must win this war.
To Protect participants, staff and volunteers Ballard NW Senior Center will suspend many services through January 4th and probably longer. Anyone coming to the center for essential services must come masked, and all protocols passed before entrance is allowed. The center will only be open for essential services: These include:
– Takeout/ pickup lunches Monday thru Thursday at the door on a first come first serve basis between 12 and 1. Masks must be worn. Suggested donation is $4. Bag limits may be imposed.
– Lunch delivery on Tuesday and Thursday in the immediate area to registered participants. Service based on available drivers. Two different meals per delivery. $10.00 fee
– One-on-one essential services available: social work consultations, foot care, dental hygiene, Bastyr services, financial advice: these can change rapidly so contact the center at 206.297.0403
– Virtual groups will continue but check with your group leader for any changes
– All inside classes and groups are on hold for 4 weeks until the end of January and probably longer.
For additional information please contact the center between 9 and 2 Monday thru Thursday.
Please follow all guidelines and wear masks, stay at least 6 feet apart, wash hands and use sanitizer and please, while so difficult, only do virtual Holidays this year or limit contact to those you live with and being outside is much safer than indoor gatherings. If everyone does their part we will be together as soon as possible.
Carlye, Center Director
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. All small outside and inside classes have been suspended through January 4th. Please see December 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 March or later but with the vaccine available things can change.
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 email@example.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 wasn’t afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure.” – Anne Baxter
“If age imparted wisdom, there wouldn’t be any old fools.” – Claudia Young
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to have volunteers available to deliver meals. Thank you!
Menu January 25th – 28st
- Monday, January 25th ~ Tuscan Chicken with White Beans and Kale Soup, Dessert & Fruit
- Tuesday, January 26th ~ Chicken Mole with Rice and Sautéed Veg, Soup, Dessert & Fruit
- Wednesday, January 27th ~ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Macaroni and Cheese, Salad, Dessert & Fruit
- Thursday, January 28th ~ Brisket, Roasted Potatoes and Vegetables, Soup, Dessert ~ Cheese Ravioli w/Creamy Lemon Parmesan Sauce, Soup, Dessert
- CLOSED FRIDAY
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.
AARP TAX SERVICES
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation help to anyone and if you’re 50 and older, and can’t afford a tax preparation service, we were made especially for you. We understand that retirement or other life changes may mean your taxes are a little more complicated now. With the help of our team of IRS-certified volunteers we make it easy for you. There’s no fee and no sales pitch for other services and AARP membership is not required.
Starting in February, the AARP Tax Services will begin again but will be handled differently from previous years. The hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each Wednesday.
Due to Covid-19, the traditional in-person tax preparation and filing process has changed to minimize contact between taxpayers and volunteers. Taxpayers will call the receptionist at the Center (206-297-0403) to start the process of scheduling the first of two required appointments:
- Complete the Intake/Interview Booklet, sign waiver for scanning of tax documents, wait for documents to be scanned & returned in the large taxpayer envelope, and leave.
- A second appointment will be scheduled for the next Wednesday to pick up and review your completed tax return with a counselor, likely by phone. (Bring cell phone if you have one)
You MUST WEAR A MASK for both appointments. Bring all 2020 tax documents, your 2019 tax return, and bank account information for both appointments. You will remain in your car at all times. For those who walk or come by public transportation, special arrangements will need to be made. We will confirm that ahead of time.
As specific instructions must be followed, we plan to have informational flyers available that could be e-mailed or possibly picked up ahead with the lunch distribution. No matter, a tax volunteer will be calling you to confirm the appointment and explain the process before you come in. It’s important that we have your contact information: phone number (and email address if you have one).
The AARP volunteers will be on site Wednesdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Tentative start date is Feb 10; that may change as IRS has changed the start of e-filing to Feb 12). Appointments are scheduled every 30 minutes with parking spaces reserved for the tax program. We ask that you arrive AT your appointment time.
Though this will be a challenging preparation process, many people within AARP & IRS have spent numerous months planning and documenting this process so that it is safe for all and ensures the security of taxpayer personal information. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Thank you Seattle Rep for your partnership and support to our seniors participating in Public Works.