|By Elizabeth Beilman, The Evening News and the Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind.|
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"She was just a really good friend. She had no children. And we got really close," said Hall, a semi-retired
A year later, Hall and
"We're going to take suggestions," she said. "Would they like a craft show, would they like painting? We need input of what they would like to do."
The open house marks the beginning of the center's first week. Regular hours will be
Some funding has been provided by Silver Creek Township Trustee
"We're just opening on a wing and a prayer," Winters, secretary-treasurer of the center, said. "We have no funds except out of our own pocket, except for these people."
The women said the center will fulfill a need for many seniors who don't have structured activities in their lives.
"A lot of it is just having something to do -- like, 'OK, Tuesday's my day I go to Senior [Center],'" Hall, president of the center, said.
It also gives seniors an opportunity to socialize with their peers.
"It may not be a lot, but to them, the getting together with other people is all they need," she said. "And they look forward to that."
They've discovered the need for a senior center in
"I ran into a lady the other day and she said since her husband died, she said, 'I just need to get out more,'" Winters said. "So she's very interested in coming."
"We haven't had anything since then, and there's really nothing in the
Although the new
Meyer said he hopes that
"Hopefully, it'll continue growing and branch out to make it more beneficial to not only seniors but to the town," he said.
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