The Verde Valley Senior Center is a lifeline to hundreds of senior citizens throughout the Verde Valley. The Center provides good, hot, nutritious meals in a congregate setting in their unique dining room and delivers Meals-on-Wheels to the homebound. Other services include social activities, interaction with youth and special events, health and wellness programs, blood pressure checks, Veteran Counseling, grief and loss seminars, AARP free tax aide services for all ages, AARP Drivers Ed, NACOG’s Medicare programs and free Notary services for seniors, fall prevention and Matter of Balance seminars, defeating depression, lifting, home safety, emergency preparedness, hearing checks and hearing aid cleaning, healthy living class and a host of other events in support of our local communities and agencies.
We are also the home for the Old Time Fiddlers, Clarkdale/Verde Kiwanis Club, and Verde Valley Realtors.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The Board of Directors and Staff of the Verde Valley Senior Center wish to extend their very best wishes for 2016.
There are many people that we serve each year, not only with home-delivered hot, nutritious meals but also with community dining in a comfortable, inviting setting and we also offer recreational and interesting social activities on a regular basis. Other activities and services provided include health checks, exercise programs, live musical entertainment during mealtime, and socialization opportunities such as the needlecraft and sewing group, pinochle, Texas Hold’em poker and bingo. This is an amazing accomplishment for our small staff and volunteers.
The holiday season for 2015 began with Thanksgiving Dinner. This event always provides a great feast and a total of thirty-eight (38) turkeys were roasted to perfection resulting in more than 370 people being served in our dining room or receiving a home-delivered meal, delivered by our trusty volunteers. Our Thanksgiving dinner was sponsored by the On the Greens Social Club “Have a Heart Fund” and the Donating Angels, an anonymous local group. Traditional pumpkin pie and whipped cream were provided by local Girl Scout Troop #1301. Due to such a high volume of clients, help in cooking the turkeys was solicited from the Moose Lodge, Randall’s Restaurant and Nate’s Cowboy Café. And what a grand job they did in cooking the birds to perfection. One of the most difficult jobs is to carve and de-bone the birds and this was performed by a team of volunteer employees from D & O Consolidated.
Christmas Dinner featured succulent roast beef with all the trimmings, including English Trifle as a “Just Dessert.” Cottonwood Agricultural Services generously sponsored our entire Christmas feast this year so that we could provide you with quality beef and a special menu. Nate’s Cowboy Café also assisted by cooking the beef in their ovens. Thanks to the Giving Angels, each of our home-delivered meal recipients, as well as the guests attending the Christmas Dinner, received a lovely gift bag.
As you are probably aware, our teams of volunteers contribute their time and gasoline (in some cases) to deliver our delicious meals to the homes of those who are unable to join us at the Center during the week. During the year 2015, we served well over 60,000 meals. Approximately two-thirds of the meals are home-delivered to seniors residing in Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Cornville, Lake Montezuma, Rimrock, Middle Verde, Camp Verde, Verde Lakes and the Verde Village areas.
How does one thank people who have such big hearts? We throw them a party! During December we showed our appreciation to all of our volunteers by celebrating with great hors d’oeuvres, live music and, for a little levity, performances by comedians. The Donation Angels honored all of our home-delivered meal drivers, dietary department helpers, clerical, recreational and social activities volunteers, musicians and various entertainers, and all who donated their time to making life better, with a celebration theme entitled “Heroes Among Us.”
The Verde Valley Senior Center has been so blessed in the past and we hope to continue to be in the future. It takes a community, actually several communities, to help support and acknowledge programs such as ours.
We have accomplished so much in this past year. The welcome addition of covered parking to support solar panels was a dream come true with a Community Development Block Grant obtained through Yavapai County. And then there was the construction of a ramada to promote exterior use of the facility with funding directed from the Town of Clarkdale.
We are so thankful for all who have contributed to, sponsored and supported our programs. Federal and State funding directed by NACOG equals approximately 26% of our budget. To meet the annual budget is always a huge challenge and we rely on regular contributions from our clients, fundraising efforts, support from local municipalities, and private donations. The Verde Valley Senior Center is also a Qualifying Charitable Organization under the Arizona Department of Revenue tax credit program. This means that tax credit donations may be directed to the V.V. Senior Center. Any contribution, no matter how large or how small, is always appreciated and helps us to continue to stamp out hunger among the senior citizens of the Verde Valley. This is a real concern and we must work together to continue and provide sustainability of our Meals-on-Wheels programs. We are a lifeline to the elderly!
Once again, our heartfelt thanks for your continued consideration and support and to the many organizations and individuals who have contributed to our mission. May the year 2016 be bright and prosperous for you and yours.
Executive Director, Verde Valley Senior Center
The Verde Valley Senior Citizens’ Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose primary objective is to enrich the lives of senior citizens and Verde Valley communities by providing wholesome meals, safe, convenient transportation, and promoting social and recreational activities for all to enjoy.