The Dodge City Senior Center, formerly called the Dodge City Shepherd’s Center,
opened its doors on April 1, 1991.
The Center, located at 2408 Central Avenue, serves as the focal point
of service and program delivery for persons age 55 and older.




Accessibility and Safety Features

The Center is ADA accessible, featuring a sliding entrance door
and an elevator to transport impaired individuals between floors.
There are bathrooms on both floors, with the upstairs bathrooms
being ADA accessible.  The lower level features a sprinkling system for fire safety. 




Friendship Meals and Meals-on-Wheels

In mid 2009, a commercial kitchen was installed in the lower level;
in November 2009 the kitchen was opened and
the Center welcomed the Meals on Wheels and Friendship Meals Programs. 
Both meal Programs are available to persons age 60 and over and
are funded by participant contributions, local community support and
a grant from the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging (SWKAAA).


The Meals on Wheels Program is sponsored in Dodge City by
the Retired Teachers Association.  Volunteers with this Program
deliver meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or
prepare their own meals. 
For more information on the Meals on Wheels Program, please contact Amy Winkler at 620-225-0417.


Friendship Meals is sponsored by ElderCare, Inc.,
with day-to-day governance by the Center’s Board of Directors. 
Congregate meals are served at the Center at noon, Monday through Friday. 
The meals served are “Heartwise” and meet nutritional guidelines
from the American Heart Association.   


             

Lucy Reddell, Chairman, speaking for the Dodge City Senior Center Directors,
invites all persons over age 60, whether they live in Dodge City,
or are visiting from out of town, to stop in for a Friendship Meal. 
The only caveat is that persons must call the Center (620-338-8836) by 1:00 p.m. the day before they
plan to eat so an adequate amount of food can be planned and prepared
to serve all diners. 
A $3.00 donation, per meal, is requested for those over age 60.




Funding and Purpose

The Dodge City Senior Center receives funding for operating
and maintenance expenses from the Ford County mill levy through
the Ford County Council on Aging.  Individual donations and
periodic fundraising efforts provide dollars for programs and activities. 
The Center strives to provide services and activities that
will enable senior citizens to remain active in their communities.



The following flyer, sent to all seniors in our community, gives some additional
historical information, and also explains the need for raising funds to
replace our current heating and cooling system:





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