Director’s Message April 30, 2020

Ballard NW Senior Center Update

April 30, 2020

I love Helen Keller’s quote “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”. And, together we are, even though the center has been closed to onsite inside activities since March 16th. We are the Ballard NW Senior Center family. Together we are accomplishing a lot and staying connected. Here are some examples:

Chef Lori, Jessica and Biscuit Queen Carol are preparing delicious and nutritious lunches for take-out/ pick-up at the front door Monday through Thursday with delivery by Katie and Pete in the immediate area on Tuesday and Thursday.  Carlye, Lisa and Jennifer love to see our regular participants and some new friends who come to get lunches. And, we are together, sharing greetings, news, checking on how each other are doing, listening and sharing the good and the not so good, and giving kudos to Lori and crew from the participants and all from at least 6 feet apart and in masks and gloves.

New social worker Jennifer is busy doing phone consultations and check-ins, providing daily quotes and tips to put in the lunch bags and on the website, organizing the kids who provide the art work for the bags, all the while planning for all the groups and activities and getting the Friend to Friend program ready to restart once we reopen.

Carolyn made beautiful cloth masks to hand out to participants and all are busy connecting people and applauding as the writing group meets by conference call, the red hats socialize, the conversations group meets virtually, and now we are connecting Bastyr clients with their center docs, and phone friends are enjoying the chats.

All the while, center work gets done, reports and grants are written, the building is sanitized regularly, we work with, Sound Generations, city and county governments who have been wonderful in the support of the centers and check on our folk, involve the board and on it goes all the time making plans for the gradual and slow roll out to reopen.

The new target date to slowly reopen the center is June 1st, though it could be later. It all depends on how the number of cases come down and what the orders are from the state. Since our population is the hardest hit with this virus we must be careful and do it right. More on the how and when in future days and weeks.

I’m still concerned about people being connected. It is so important to have social contact. So, while practicing social distancing and following all the rules stay connected with family and friends anyway you can by internet, social media, letters and the old phone. We are a community, we are together, and we will get through this.

See you soon

Carlye, Center director

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March 24 Director’s Announcement

Dear Members, Participants and Friends,

From The Seattle Times Rant and Rave column on Tuesday March 24 2020, “RAVE: to the Ballard NW Senior Center and their chef, Lori! Although the center is closed, the kitchen is open and she is preparing delicious meals for pickup and takeout”.

As we were handing out these nutritious and delicious meals today another who came said:

“It’s not just about the food, it’s about community, it’s about doing for others, it’s about love.”

Another said:

“Thank you all for doing this, food, plus I get to go outside and see other people and say hi even from 6 feet away.”

I hope you are all doing well during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. It is a very difficult time for ourselves, our families, our center family, our community and our nation. It is important that we all follow the orders that are given. Stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, sanitize, don’t touch your face and try to find the positives, exercise, eat well, get adequate rest and we will get through this together. Ballard NW Senior Center, “The Friendly Center”, has for 47 years been here to support, provide services, listen, celebrate the good times and lend a hand when an extra shoulder is needed. We are still here to help and support as best we can even though the center is closed. Staff continues to provide resources and support.

However, I am concerned. The COVID-19 Virus is hitting our population the hardest. We have been told to stay at home and that is good advice. But, again I am worried because isolation is detrimental to our physical and mental wellbeing. Please find ways to have a positive outlook and communicate with others whether by e-mail, text, face time or the good old phone!

As noted above, while the center is closed we are offering Chef Lori’s take-out meals either to be picked up between 12 and 1 on a first come first served basis or limited delivery in our area. We offer pick up a meal  service at the center Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (2 meals on Thursday) because no pickup service on Friday. Suggested donation $4.00 per meal. Delivery Service only on Tuesday and Thursday. You will receive 2 nourishing meals and a container of soup each of those days. The suggested donation is $10.00 per day for this package. To request delivery, see instructions in the takeout meals section.

I’m also deeply concerned about the center financial state. We had to postpone our auction to 9/20/2020 and our other fundraisers have to be postponed also. But here is how you can help the center and allow us to be able to continue our services.

How can you help? Make a donation, hit the donate button on this page. Whether it’s $1.00 or $1,000 and any amount in between, it will help stabilize our finances.

Thanks so much, watch for more updates, and keep smiling.


Executive Director of Ballard NW Senior Center

December 2017 Director’s Message

Carlye Teel, Executive Director

I wish each of you the happiest of Holidays, however you celebrate this month. This has been a good year for the center and I know we will make December a fantastic last month of 2017. We have had a lot to celebrate: good programs, the new and the best of those that continue to meet the needs of you all; our fundraising has been good so far; our volunteers are outstanding and contribute mightily to the center’s success; the health and wellness offerings have been fantastic and meet many differing needs of our participants; the exercise opportunities are varied and provide services that benefit all, in whatever physical situation you are; The Community Dining program provides a delicious and nutritious lunch each weekday and you get to share a meal with friends, new and old; there are continuous opportunities every day to socialize, share ideas, and connect with one another; every day we offer classes to learn and grow to keep our minds engaged and active; And most of all we are so fortunate to have each of you who come to the center and participate. It is you that help make us what we are and I say we are a darn good center. Thank you! And thank you to our great Board and Staff. The Board helps us guide us short and long term and I can’t say enough about Kristina, Carleen, and Bob, they do a terrific job and it has been especially difficult as we have been down a staff person. Thanks everyone!

I want to encourage each of you to join us for our terrific December activities. We have our Breakfast and Book Sale on Saturday, December 2nd, 9am-12pm. Our fantastic Taproot event is on Tuesday, December 5th, please support, this is a wonderful way to start your Holidays and a great gift for your family and friends. Our parties are great fun, come on Friday, December 8th for the Holiday Party, the Holiday Feast on Monday, December 18th with Santa and gifts, the New Year’s Party on Friday, December 29th.

I also urge each of us to take an extra few minutes to be a good friend, give a big smile, listen to someone that wants to talk, donate to your cause, give your friends and family your time. The Holidays are joyous to many but they can also be difficult or sad for some. This is when your time can mean so much to someone else. And isn’t giving of ourselves the most important gift we can give? Thanks.

I also must mention that I hope you will be able to donate, what is comfortable for you, to our year end appeal. We hope to raise $20,000 from participants and the community to finish our year in a positive position. Some donors have stepped up and the first $5,000 donated will be matched by $5,000 and become $10,000. Thanks! It will be great if we can say 100% participated whether you contributed $1 or thousands.

During this busy season please remember to take care of yourselves, exercise, get rest, get out and be with
people, learn and grow, find the positive in life and smile for you and everyone in your life.
Happy Holidays!

Love, Carlye

Director’s Message

Wow! It is almost September and I’m sure looking forward to fall and all our activities for the rest of 2017. Wasn’t this summer something special? Certainly one for the record books with our 55 days of sun, heat and no rain. We have been very busy at your center. I hope you had a marvelous summer and spent some time doing your favorite summertime activities with family and friends. I hope you had lots of reasons to smile for yourself and for others benefit; that you were out and about interacting; that you had time to volunteer somewhere; that you had lots of opportunities for exercise whether it was walking, swimming, gardening, playing a game, golfing and that we all ate lots of the local fruits and veggies to keep us healthy, and that you found something to keep intellectually involved. Hope misfortunes were at a minimum, but if there was, that you could find something positive to learn from it. Our goal is to be the best we can be for where we are in our lives, so let’s all work together to make this happen.

I was just reading a Consumer Report and three things stood out. First, there are great benefits to having buddies, investing in friendships pays big dividends. Older adults who had friends were healthier, happier and had fewer health problems in their 60’s, 70’s, and well beyond. Second, a Tufts University study of 5,000 found those who ate a lot of fiber (beans, nuts, produce, wheat, and grains) had a 30 to 61% lower risk of osteoarthritis knee pain. Third, to help older adults fall less when outside, scan for trip hazards, ask for help when needed, wear good fitting shoes, don’t carry too much, and be careful with your bifocals. So now let’s have a busy, active, interesting September and fall season.

I always feel like September is a beginning. Summer is leaving us, leaves are changing, days are usually still pretty and nights are getting cooler, kids are back in school and everything starts back up at the center. We have some wonderful September and Fall offerings. There is something here for everyone. Our exercise programs are wonderful and diverse, our educational classes keep our brains active – I’ve always said we should learn something new every day, our lunches are nutritious and delicious, our people here are interesting, funny, stimulating, caring, helpful, good listeners, friendly, and always looking to share with another. It is fun to socialize here. Our health and wellness services are varied and there are opportunities to try new practices as well as the traditional services. I hate needles, but I tried acupuncture and it works well for me. I also tried Reiki and found that another healing and positive experience. We have meditation, massage, and Bastyr naturopathic services two times a week. We also have Foot Care, Dental Hygiene, Low Vision. Balance Exercises five days a week, 3 types of yoga, Shallow Water Fitness and EnhancedFitness are some of the exercise programs. They are very healthy and keep us well. Wonderful speakers, exciting trips, and so much going on. September is our Member’s Only Luncheon and our awesome Art, Wine and Chocolate event. Get your tickets and enjoy local artists, taste wines and chocolates, listen to jazz, and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and chocolate desserts. See you at the center in September. Smile!

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney

Love, Carlye