Florence Senior Community Center
A non-profit organization
of wonderful people over 50
serving seniors (and not-yet-seniors)
of Florence, Colorado
and surrounding communities
Florence Senior Community Center
100 Railroad Street
P.O. Box 300
Florence, Colorado 81226
Phone number at the Senior Center: 719-784-6493
The Florence Senior Community Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, founded in 1979, to improve the quality of life for seniors in Fremont County and surrounding areas by providing nutritious meals three times each week, including Meals-on-Wheels, and a safe familiar gathering place for social, charitable, recreational, cultural, educational and health related activities.
We also provide a meeting place for other local non-profit organizations that have no “home” of their own. We serve the entire community by opening all of our programs to both members and non-members of any age, nationality, color, race, creed, disability or economic standing.
OPEN TO ALL AGES:
Our doors are open to everyone. You don't have to be a member ~ or even a senior ~ to enjoy our many programs.
All persons in our community and surrounding areas are welcome to all our programs.
Our oldest member is 95 years old! There's something here for every age group.
About three decades ago, the City of Florence in Fremont County, Colorado acquired the Denver & Rio Grande Depot Building from the Rio Grande Railroad Company.
In 1979, the elected Florence City officials invited the seniors of Florence to begin a senior center here. Within a few months, UAACOG helped to renovate the kitchen and our membership began a year-round Hot Meals Program at the Center three times each week. Soon after, a Meals-on-Wheels Program was added to serve the sick and house-bound of our community.
We have remained in this location all these years. In 2009, we purchased this building, making it our permanent home. Different programs have come and gone to accommodate the interest and talents of the membership at the time. However certain activities, especially the hot meals and music programs, have always remained consistently popular with our membership and community at large.
The Florence Senior Community Center remains a place where seniors (and not-yet-seniors) can meet for companionship, support, games, music, exercise, health and wellness activities, volunteer and leadership opportunities and much more.
The FSCC mainly serves the seniors of Florence, Colorado, but we have several members who come from Pueblo, Pueblo West, Penrose, Canon City, Coal Creek, Williamsburg, Brookside, Rye and Cotopaxi.
At the present time we have 124 voting members. Our Center is also used by the families, friends and neighbors of our members who come to enjoy the programs with us. Newcomers to our town make friends quickly by joining our group.
In addition, family members who live at great distances from our seniors benefit from knowing that their elderly loved ones have a local senior community that can help alleviate the loneliness which come with growing old and living apart.
This wide-spread, diversified use of this building enlarges the population we serve to hundreds of people of all ages every month who benefit from our activities and facility.
We’re proud that we’ve been able to keep our Senior Center doors open through thick-and-thin for 36 years. Our meals programs have contributed immeasurably to the health and well-being of thousands of people over the years. Countless lasting friendships have been formed at our Center and innumerable lonely hours were completely avoided because our Center has always been a place where seniors can come and find warmth and companionship.
We’re proud of the number of volunteer hours our members contribute to their Center and the community. Our members volunteer an average of 300 hours per week (300 x 52 = 15,600/hours per year). Without this hearty volunteer spirit, the Center would not run as smoothly and efficiently as it does.
Recently we’ve had reason to be proud of the renovations we’re made to the Center. Visitors who have not been to the Center in years comment on the wonderful improvements they see.
In 2011, we installed a handicapped bathroom, which is very much appreciated by our wheelchair-bound members and guests. We have the Daniels Fund to thank for helping us with this project!
We now need to renovate the kitchen we use to prepare the meals for our Hot Meals Program and Wheels-on-Wheels. It's been over a decade since we have paid attention to upgrading the kitchen -- and it's way overdue.
Unfortunately, the roof needs works, too.
The flooring in some of the rooms needs replacing.
Then the insulation needs to be upgraded. Becoming more energy efficient is a high priority for us since utility costs are so high.
Food and Friendship
Here is a list of the regular programs that benefit both members and non-members in Florence and surrounding towns:
||3 times per week
|Meals on Wheels
||3 times per week
|Food in the Park (Summer)
|Blood Pressure Clinic
|Karaoke and Dance
|Friday Pot Luck Dinner
|Friday Night Jam Session
|Flying Fingers Stitchery
|Seminars and Classes
| Other Organizations:
|Renting the Building
As you can see from our program participation chart above, we have extensive community involvement. All our programs are open to the public. The Congregate Meals and the Meals-On-Wheels programs are part of our community outreach. The discount meals provide a place where any senior can receive a hot meal at a very low price while eating in the company of 50 to 70 other people. The nutritious meals, prepared by UAACOG, improves the health and sense of well-being that would otherwise be lost by those who live alone and often don’t bother to prepare well balanced meals just for themselves.
The weekly Pot Luck meals allow participants to show off their cooking skills while bringing benefit to both friends and strangers.
Other health related activities is our free Blood Pressure Clinic and various educational classes on how to deal with diabetes and other diseases.
Music is a central part of the activities at the Center. We provide several opportunities every week for people of all ages to sing, play and dance; Karaoke, and Friday Night Jam Sessions. This allows seniors to bring family and friends to participate fully in activities that are uplifting to everyone.
For creativity, we have a Flying Fingers Stitchery Club, which the ladies like. Texas Hold’em nights (played with chips, not money) really appeal to the men.
Games days are especially fun for seniors who want to spend enjoyable time with their grandchildren. This also gives the children the opportunity to meet and interact with a variety of senior citizens, getting and giving attention in a safe play environment.
Other organizations that use our building are AA, Al Anon, and the SA Dancers.
Fundraisers are an important part of our activities. We rent out our building for use by residents and businesses in the community for their private activities, meetings and parties. Since our Dining Hall seats 85 people and our Founders Room seats another 40, these rooms are often used for birthday and anniversary parties and other special events. Other fundraisers include silent auctions, craft shows, selling concessions in the park, yard sales, bake sales, bowling fundraisers, raffles, cook book sales, and the like.
Everyone is welcome at every function. However, we suggest you call the Center to verify days and times.
As you can see from our many programs, our greatest accomplishment has been to continue faithfully throughout the decades. We've worked together to provide a safe place to gather, meeting each other's needs for companionship and support. In spite of many difficulties, we've successfully maintained and improved a wide variety of enjoyable programs for our growing membership and their guests.
We strongly encourage volunteerism. There are about 300 volunteer hours given each week to our Center. That comes to about 15,600 volunteer hour donated annually.
Our most important collaboration is with UAACOG. They use our kitchen to prepare hot meals 3 times a week for those who can come to the Center and Meals-on-Wheels for our shut-in community members.
The Florence Citizen Newspaper is another important collaborator. The owner of the paper prints our latest accomplishments and announcements of our upcoming events. Other local business owners have donated items to our Center, allowed us to post flyers in their establishments, they have rented our hall, etc.
We participate in the County’s Community Service Program for people who have been ordered by the court to complete hours of community service as part of their sentence. These individuals help us with building projects, lifting boxes of commodities to seniors’ cars and dozens of other types of work depending on the person’s experience and capabilities. This has been a very mutually-beneficial collaborative relationship.
All outside organizations who use our building view us as valuable collaborators. We provide an environment where they can meet. If it is not a private function, our members can attend or become members of their group. The donations they give for using the building help us to conduct our own programs. This results in our building being used as much as possible and keeps them from having to buy and maintain a building of their own.
These are all real win-win collaborations.
Support Letter from Rocky Mountain Bank and Trust
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Support Letter from Fremont County Commissioners
We have a 9-member board of directors who vote on issues concerning our Center. We operate under a set of Bylaws and in accordance with our Incorporation Papers, the State Statute for non-profit organizations and our IRS 501(c)3 status.
There's a board meeting every month where current issues are voted on.
Elections are held every October for board positions. Newly elected directors attend the next few board meetings to familiarize themselves with the work. At the January board meeting, they are sworn in and take their seats.
A board member may serve consecutive terms if reelected.
Chairman, Darlene Luckett
Darlene Luckett has been a member of the Florence Senior Community Center since 1998. She became a resident of Colorado at the age of 10, when she moved to Denver with her family. She has lived in Florence for over 40 years. She taught at Florence Christian School, worked at St. Joseph Hospital when it was located here and then owned a Home Healthcare business.
Darlene is Trustee at the John C. Fremont Library, is on the Loan Committee at UAACOG, and life member of the Florence Arts Council. Her vision for the Center is to institute practices that increase membership involvement in the management of the Center.
Vice Chairman, Fran Black
Fran Black has served the Center’s Board in the pass. She spearheaded the Center’s “Clean Up Campaign,” resulting in a very attractive building for the Seniors and the community. Fran is active with citizens of all ages, in particular as an adviser of various programs with the high school age community. She is retired from Executrek and the Abundant Way Chalet Lodge.
Secretary, Sally Ann Combs
Sally Ann Combs is retired. She was an entrepreneur of two businesses and owned and operated, with her husband, four (4) other businesses. She has served 1 year terms, as president, vice president, secretary, treasure and grant writer for three organizations. Sally Ann is an avid volunteer for several organizations.
Treasurer, Ione Stroup
Ione Stroup has been a dedicated volunteer, for many organizations, since childhood. She has insight and ability to solve problems as they arise. Ione has served as the Center’s Treasurer for two (2) previous one year terms.
Board Member, Mariana Cox
Mariana Cox is serving a second term as Activity Director for the Center’s board. She also has served on the La Junta Chamber of commerce Board and was the Legal Aid set-up for Governor Lamm. Mariana has been a volunteer in the League of United Latin America. She also raised funds for the Kids Club of Pueblo and the Adults of La Junta. While a member of the La Junta Senior Center, she was a Meals on Wheels volunteer. Marina is a retired Nursing Assistant.
Board Member, Barbara Horsman
Barbara Horsman has served on the Center’s Board several terms and has been a very successful
Fundraiser Chairman, a position she currently holds. She has also served on Executive Boards for several other organizations. Barbara established the “Reading is Fun” program at Fremont Elementary School in Florence. She volunteers in many capacity at the Center and in the community. Barbara is retired from East Florence Water Association.
Board Member, Pixie Lanner
Pixie Lanner has served (2) terms as the Center’s secretary and is a community service volunteer, distributing food products weekly at the center. She is a retired special education teacher. Pixie was made an honored elder of the Lakota tribe of the Sioux Nation.
Board Member, Carma Todd
Carma Todd celebrates her tenth anniversary in 2015 as a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program associated with the Center. She has served on the Center’s Board for several one (1) year terms, including Chairman of the Board. Over the last decade, Carma has chaired a half dozen successful fundraisers for the benefit of the Florence Senior Community Center.
Board Member, Mike Vendetti
Mike Vendetti is currently a publisher and narrator of audio books, with over 1,000 audio books published on Audible.com. He served as a captain in the United States Army and is a very active a disabled Vietnam veteran. He had a very successful career as a sales engineer in the Silicon Valley, followed by a career as a fundraising consultant and auctioneer. As such, he helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations in California.
Mike has served on the board of the Canon City Golden Age Center and the California Auctioneers Association. He has already achieved one of his goals of bringing wireless internet service to the Florence Senior Community Center. His ultimate goal at this time is to assist the grant writers in raising funds for a new roof. Mike is Chairman of the Building Maintenance Committee for the Center.
You can call the Florence Senior Center at 719-784-6493
or you can visit us at 100 Railroad Street in Florence, Colorado.
You'll find the Center open while we're preparing and serving meals. Those days and hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
If you want to join us for our Meals Program, call the Center before 9:30 AM that day to make a reservation.
The Center is also open while our many other programs listed above are in session. If you're interested in participating, call for days and times.
We're looking forward to hearing from you!
The Seniors at the Florence Senior Community Center