Director’s Message July 1, 2020

Ballard NW Senior Center Update

July 1, 2020

Hello Everyone.  I hope you and your family are doing well.  March seems like a lifetime ago when we were all together.  So much has happened.  This has certainly been an unprecedented, scary, and lonely time, but also one of innovation, new ways of communicating and doing things and hope for a better, if different, new normal whatever that will be.  We can’t wait to welcome you back very slowly and with a gradual reopen of services.  This all depends on meeting the different phases and guidelines and the course the Virus takes in the coming weeks.

Ballard has always been known as the friendly center where all are welcomed, supported and appreciated. The last few weeks of protests and demonstrations over racial injustice and police brutality have brought a needed reality to our nation. At Sound Generations and Ballard NW Senior Center, 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.

Just as the Covid-19 arrived we welcomed new Social Worker Jennifer. She has been making phone calls, writing tips and quotes for lunch and our website, handing out lunches and planning for all the activities on reopening. We now welcome our new Program Coordinator Lisa. She is anxious to provide some wonderful programs for you all. Some of you have met her when picking up a lunch or saying hi. Welcome to you both. We have two new great team members to join Lori, Carolyn, and me.

Our plan is to start welcoming back participants for one-on-one services the week of July 6th . This does not mean that the doors are open and all our services have returned. First, we know that many are not ready to venture out and return to the center and some won’t be until there is a vaccine or proven treatment. There are protocols that must be followed by everyone on entering the building and strict control of numbers of participants. Masks, physical distancing and gloves must be observed. First to be offered will be services like social work appointments, foot care, legal and financial counseling, and dental hygiene. Some small exercise or other classes of 5 or less participants may be offered outside. No inside activities will be allowed for some weeks.  We do not think inside Community Dining will occur until late August or early September. Chef Lori and her wonderful helpers Jessica, Carol and Laurie, will continue to prepare their delicious take-out/ pick-up lunches and Pete and Katie will continue to deliver to housebound members.

What about our other activities? We will see where the road takes us. We had to cancel 2 rainbow bingos, rummage sales, bingo, Wednesday night dinners, and on it went. We have rescheduled our annual auction to a virtual event on September 13th. See separate article. We have taken a huge hit financially, with very little revenue coming in to offset the expenses of providing services, meals, building maintenance, etc.  Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated..

Can’t wait to see you!

Love,

Carlye, Center Director

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