the behest of the Ursuline Sisters. The Sisters
saw a need in the Community and thus the
Paola Senior Center came into existence. In
1984 the building, that now houses the Center,
was built with the help of community
A four vehicle garage was added to the facility
within the past year. The Paola Senior Center
is a not-for-profit organization which provides
many services to the City of Paola and the
The Center has a full time director who has a
Masters Degree in Social Work from Kansas
University School of Social Work, and a board
of directors of twelve members of the
community with experience in many different
areas of expertise.
The Director of the Senior Center is also the
Director for The General Public Transportation
Program which is sponsored by the Senior
This program provides on demand
transportation to citizens of all ages in the
general Paola area and as far as the greater
Kansas City area for medical and other
transportation needs. The service does not
extend across the state line.
Contrary to popular belief a Senior Center is
not just a place for "Old People" to meet and
play cards or put puzzles together. It is much
more complex than that.
While it is true we do have social activities,
some of which are card playing and puzzles,
we also are a service agency.
We serve citizens into the age range of 55
years and older for Senior Social Activities and
Transportation and Tax Services for all ages
for the General Public.
In addition we have two trained SHICK
(Senior Health Insurance Counseling for
Kansas) Counselors to assist people with
complexities of the Medicare and insurance
In collaboration with the Miami County
extension office we provide information and
demonstrations on nutrition with the County
Extension Director visiting the Center monthly
to do a presentation.
We act as a site for the Meals on Wheels
Program renting space to the Mid American
Nutrition Program which is the agency for
Meals on Wheels. They provide meal delivery
and a daily congregate meal at the center.
We have art classes, a quilting group, line
dancing, computer classes, and a grief Support
Group that meets weekly at the Center to
provide services to those who have grief and
loss issues. A Diabetes Support Group and a
Low Vision Group also meet regularly at the
Center to provide support for folks of all ages
who have challenges in these areas. We like
wise act as a site for commodity foods when
they are available.
We are open five days a week from 9:00 am
until 3:00 pm on Monday through Thursday
and from 9:00am to 2:30 p.m. on Friday.
Our Director is Donna Prock and she can be
reached at the Center at 913-294-4630
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