October 2021 Directors Letter

Directors Letter – October 2021

It’s so nice to see some of you in person again at lunch and other programs. Chef Jennifer is sad though because our meal numbers have gone down so much and she loves cooking for you! I hope you will come in and enjoy our wonderful made from scratch meals. Yes, you can still pick up a meal to take home, but eating together is not just a meal. It’s an opportunity to socialize and make new friends! Eating together provides a sense of community and belonging.

Not everyone has the ability to make a good nutritious meal (like me as I’m a terrible cook) nor
transportation to get food. The Sno-Valley Senior Center can provide transportation to the senior center for meals, fitness and socialization. This is especially important in our rural area for those who live alone. The Hyde Shuttle can also take you to the grocery store, beauty parlor, or doctor, etc! It’s easy to reserve a ride with just a quick phone call to 206-727-6262, ext. 1.

Did you know that coming to the Senior Center and socializing staves off depression and loneliness which decreases stress, and increases brain function! It keeps us active and involved both physically and mentally.

Chef Jennifer takes dietary needs into account. All our meals offer complex carbohydrates, nutrient packed vegetables (from local farms!) and healthy proteins plus a really good homemade dessert! Just call the day before to 425-333-4152 to reserve your meal. Still undecided? In surveys people said they come for community dining because the meals are delicious and enjoyable (82%). People enjoyed the socializing (95%) and because it was affordable (57%).

The meal is donation-based with a suggested $5 donation. SNAP and EBT allotments can be used for community dining. All are served regardless of ability to pay so come visit us and bring a friend! We need connection, friendship and support now more than ever!

By the way, another fun time to socialize is upcoming at our annual auction on Saturday, Oct. 16! It’s hybrid which means you can come in person OR you can watch it live on your computer.  (We can show you how.) It’s going to be so fun. Our theme is the Wizard of Oz – Sno-Valley in the Emerald City. If you come in person, it is $60 and you get heavy appetizers and access to a special raffle just for you. If you watch online, it is free! Both kinds of attendees will bid by phone and you can bid the whole week leading up to the event.

We have some awesome things to bid on!  Have you ever wanted to take a helicopter ride at sunset over Puget Sound? How about stay overnight in a treehouse? We also have axe throwing (not at your friends but at a target!) There are cruises, a Mexico resort stay, and much more!  If you host a watch party at your house for at least 6 people, we’ll give you a party kit with wine and snacks for free! It’s a fun way to support the senior center. More info on our website at www.snovalleysenior.org or if you need to know how to watch from the comfort of your home, Kira made a how to video or you can just come to the Center and we’ll show you how.  I really hope you will try to attend virtually or in-person.

As always, if you have any questions, complaints or compliments, feel free to contact me at 425-333-4152 or email Lisay@SoundGenerations.org   See you around!

Lisa Yeager, Director