By Karen Blanchette
Director, Friendship Centers Desoto County
The dog days of summer have evidently arrived! Is it just me, or are the summers getting hotter? If you’re like most of us, you’re feeling the stress of these hot days. Some have told us they don’t go out of the house after noon due to the heat.
At the Friendship Center, we’ve decided to try something new. How does getting together for breakfast at the Friendship Center sound? You would now have a choice of joining us for breakfast or lunch. Or, join us for breakfast at 9 a.m., stay for your favorite activity, and be back home before noon. Or, if you really want to get out of the hot kitchen, there’s another possibility: have breakfast with us at 9 a.m., followed by activities, have lunch with us at 11:30, and still get back home by noon or shortly thereafter. After two warm meals out, your evening meal could be a cool, light snack – no mess, no fuss!
Think about it, ladies. No cooking, no dishes, no mess to clean up. It’s better than a vacation and a whole lot cheaper. You’ll be home to sleep in your own comfy bed at night and no highway traffic to fight. Can’t beat that! All of our meals are approved by a Registered Dietitian and meet all requirements for one-third of the daily allowance for a person 60+. All meals are low-fat, low-salt, and fit into a diabetic meal plan. Sorry, meals are for eat-in only – no carry-outs. Meals are prepared by a catering service. We do no cooking on site, thus the need for 48-hour reservations.
There is no specific charge for our breakfasts or lunches. We do, if possible, ask that you give an anonymous donation you feel you can afford. However, no one is turned away due to inability to donate. The only requirements are you must be a resident of DeSoto County and be age 60+ with a reservation 48 hours ahead. You can choose how many times a week you attend. It could be as few as one or as many as five days.
We’re going to start by trying our new plan three days a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We’re aiming for a start-up on Aug. 3 if there’s enough interest. Right now we’d like to hear from anyone interested in this program so that we can determine if we should proceed with plans. If interested, please give us a call prior to July 24 at 863-494-5965.
If you haven’t seen our new Center yet, we think you will be truly impressed. Most first-time visitors experience the “WOW” factor. We are so proud of the Center and would love to share it with all seniors in the community.
Our Activity Room is brimming with something for everyone. There are all kinds of board games, cards, puzzles, and crafts. For the readers, our Library includes novels, educational books, cookbooks, craft books, and magazines. Low-impact exercise tapes are available as are DVD and VHS movies. Our two televisions allow for two choices running simultaneously.
If you’re looking for information on assistance with any need you have, then stop by our Resource Center. It contains information on just about everything available in DeSoto County and surrounding areas if not available locally.
We’re located at 219 W. Oak St., at the corner of Oak St. and Orange Avenue. There’s plenty of parking in front or on the west side of the Center. Oh, did I mention that the DART Bus passes right by every hour and a half all day long? Another way to beat the heat -- no need to get in your sweltering car. For 50 cents you can ride the air-conditioned bus and save your gas, too.
We need you to call today to let us know if we should go forward with the breakfast program. Come with a friend – or come make a new one!
Download the flier here.
Karen Blanchette, Director of Senior Friendship Centers, is in her 24th year of serving the elderly of DeSoto County and can be reached at 863-494-5965.