Senior Community Center
The Richmond Senior Community Center is located at 1600 South 2nd St. The hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and 6 - 9 p.m. Tuesday night. The fee for membership is $10 a year to those 50 and better. A newsletter is mailed monthly.
- Arts & Crafts
- Art Instruction
- Blood Sugar Testing
- Blood Pressure Testing
- Chair Volleyball
- Exercise & Walking
- Library/Media Room
- Monthly Birthday Party
- New Fitness Room
- Pool/Game Room
- Referral Service
- Senior Steppers
The Area 9 nutrition site is located at the Center with meals served Tuesday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. Reservations need to be made at least by noon the day before you want to eat. If you make prior reservations it allows you to choose from the the entree section. Call 983-7350 for more information. Suggested donations for the meals $2.50 (if you are age 60 or older); under 60, the cost is $5.50. Anyone is eligible for these meals.
Widowed Person Service:
Widowed Person Service (WPS) provides one-on-one support for all widowed persons. Volunteers are trained to help support newly bereaved persons. Regularly scheduled support groups are available as well as fellowship meals, educational and volunteer opportunities. There is no cost or membership fee, however we gratefully accept free will donations and memorial contributions.
We Can Help – Call Us
Our staff and volunteers will be happy to work with you and help you in your time of need. Call us at 765-983-7307
To facilitate adjustments for all widowed persons by providing on-going peer support groups, educational and self-help groups, social activities, and other appropriate services. To provide trained volunteers who have been widowed to contact the newly bereaved, to share one-to-one mutual experiences, emphasizing how to survive and heal after the death of a spouse.
To use the resources of local public agencies and educational media to call attention to the needs of those widowed, and services available to them through Widowed Persons Service.
The WPS office has a lending library of books about being widowed and coping with grief. Some have found our “Cooking For One” to be helpful. Our books are available for you to borrow.
We “Meet and Eat” at MCL Cafeteria 3801 East Main Street every Tuesday. This is for any widowed person who would like to join us. Sometimes we have educational programs or entertainment. Programs start at 4:00 p.m.
The J.O.Y. club meets each Wednesday at Lumpy’s Restaurant at 9:00 a.m. 20 South Foote Street in Cambridge City. Come join us!
“Over Coffee with Joan” meets on the fourth Monday of each month at the Richmond Senior Community Center, 1600 South Second Street. This is informal with snacks and discussion or just talking about current events
WPS also has other events during the year for the purpose of enjoyment and fellowship. For more information please call the office at 983-7307 or check the WPS Newsletter.
We are concerned that you do not feel alone. You are welcome at our activities. Plan to join us.
Each month our ever expanding newsletter goes out to over 850 area widowed people. It lists our activities. The newsletter also contains short articles, insights of inspiration and words of encouragement.
There is no charge for the WPS newsletter, it is FREE.
A Brief History of Widowed Persons Service
Several years ago, the National AARP decided to sponsor an organization called the Widowed Persons Service. Widowhood is an issue that affects anyone who loses a spouse. Adult children may be concerned about an older parent who is left alone.
Richmond city officials, religious leaders and community supporters were interested in forming a local WPS program. The WPS concept was having widowed people helping other widowed people.
Mildred Young (later Mildred Stombaugh) was selected as the first coordinator in 1977 and worked out of her home. A Board of Directors was selected, and volunteers were to run the program. Support groups were formed, and volunteers were trained.
Our WPS is the second oldest in the United States. Many widowed persona in our area have been touched by the local WPS programs. An average of thirty people are widowed locally each month.
The Richmond Park Department furnishes office space for WPS. The Jerry Lawrence Memorial Golf Tournament held each year in June at the Highland Park Golf Course is our major fund raiser.