The Paola Senior Center originated in 1982 at
    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
    donations.

    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
    surrounding areas.

    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
    Center.

    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
    systems.

    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  



    Paola Senior Center
Our regular activities:

Monday
1:00 to 3:00 p.m
Card playing, Cansasta and Pitch

Tuesday
1:00-3:00 pm
computer class

Wednesday
9:00 am to11:45  pm - Quilting
10:15 am to 11:45 am Line dancing
(every other Wednesday)
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Grief
Support Group
1:00 pm to 2:00 p.m. - art class

Thursday (first Thursday of each
month)
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm potluck dinner
and entertainment


For further information on times
and dates of other support groups
and activities please call the Center
and ask for the Director.



Our Board Members are:
Chairman: Lee Wiersma
Vice Chairman: Sandra Scheib
Secretary: Marie L. Debrick
other members: Jim Johnson, Faye
Gillogley, Helen Suits, Harley Keeton,
Carl Buchman, Mildred Haley, Jeff
Clark, Hazel Wilhoit, and George
Weaver.
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