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GRAND OPENING

MAYHILL SENIOR CENTER

MAYHILL, NEW MEXICO

April 25, 2013

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SETTING EVERYTHING UP WITH LOTS OF EXTRA HELP

OUR FIRST GUEST WAS MABLE HOOTEN

EVERYONE LINED UP FOR THE GREAT FISH LUNCH

THERE WAS ALSO A GREAT SOUP TO ENJOY

THE FOOD

WAS THE BEST

PART OF THE DAY

 


Mayhill Community Center Celebrates
the start of a 
Senior Meal Program

 

Thursday, April 25th marked the beginning of a once a week senior citizen meal program at the Mayhill Community Center (MCC) sponsored by the Mayhill Community Center Board (MCCB). Thirty seven seniors enjoyed a full course meal provided by Sacramento Mountain Senior Services, Inc. (SMSSI), also known as the Cloudcroft Senior Center in Cloudcroft. The Cloudcroft Senior Center also provided balloons, decorations, and a cake to celebrate the occasion. The Cloudcroft Senior Center will prepare and cook the food, deliver it and serve it at the MCC. Volunteers from the MCCB and local area residents will help serve the food and clean up afterward.

The MCCB has been working toward this goal for the past two years. MCCB President Lou Woltering praised board members for all of their hard work and support. He also thanked Kathy Swope, Director of Cloudcroft Senior Center and her staff for all their advice and support, the Mayhill Volunteer Fire Department, Mayhill Extension Association, and Otero County for all of their support and contributions, and all of the local volunteers that have supported fund raising efforts, work projects, made donations, etc. that allowed the MCC kitchen to be certified by the state to serve hot meals. Contributions by various citizens, organizations, business entities, and grants also provided funds and support to the project.

When asked about the program, Kathy Swope informed everyone that, "The senior meal program began in 1965 when President Johnson signed the Older Americans Act of 1965 to recognize and reward the contributions that senior citizens have made to their homes, communities, and America, during their lifetimes. It’s not a welfare program, it’s a way for America to say thank you to our seniors. The program provides a healthy, balanced, and nutritious meal, provides a place for seniors to gather, socialize, get to know one another, and continue to contribute in various ways to their communities. We are so excited to be a part of this program!"

The MCCB hopes they can expand to a five day a week program, managed by the Cloudcroft Senior Center in the future. For now, a hot meal will be served every Thursday from 11:30 am until 12:15 pm at the MCC. Participants or their spouse must be 60 years or older. A donation of $2.00 per person is appreciated. Both Woltering and Swope echoed the same message, "If you’re 60 or older and can’t afford $2.00, we’re going to feed you." However, because meals are not cooked at the MCC, any persons wishing to participate in Thursday’s meal must make a reservation so that enough food can be prepared. Seniors are asked to sign up at the meal for next weeks’ meal or contact Lou Woltering at 687-3334 or Patty Posey at 687-2003 by Wednesday noon each week if they’d like to eat at the MCC. Reservations can also be made by calling the Cloudcroft Senior Center (575-682-3022) by 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

The MCCB recently received a Capital Outlay grant from the state for $63,000 that will allow them to remodel the kitchen and purchase all of the commercial appliances required for the certification that will allow them to cook and serve hot meals at the MCC. Otero County will be doing most of the remodeling work. The MCCB hopes to be cooking hot food for the annual Community Christmas dinner this December.

Lou & Kay Woltering

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