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South Park Senior Center

Mission

The South Park Senior Center serves seniors 50 year and older who live in King County. The Center provides the seniors in the area with a convenient place and atmosphere of fellowship in which to congregate for the enjoyment and/or participation in

• Low-cost meals
• Direct Social Worker Services
• Entertainment such as karaoke and movie night
• Craft and hobby programs
• Education opportunities
• Health and fitness programs and education
• Group discussions and other social activities

Our participants are very low income (88%), highly diverse, with many having transportation issues.

I, Hao, am 75-years-old, Vietnamese, in the USA 17 months after 7 years in a communist jail. I lived alone, felt isolated and wanted to go home. Then, I learned about the South Park Senior Program. Now, I come to the Center twice a week for exercise and dinners plus breakfasts five days a week. I practice English, teach Vietnamese, eat nutritious food, share my feelings and learn about others. Now, I want to stay and bring my wife to join me so we can build a new life in the South Park area. — To read Hao’s complete story, click here

Location

The South Park Senior Center operates in the historic Neighborhood Center at 8201 10th Avenue South. The building dates back to the 1920’s and was originally a firehouse for the community. (bus info to come)

History

The South Park Neighborhood Center began operation soon after the old fire station turned into the Neighborhood Center building in 1972. The Seattle Department of Human Services has provided a small annual grant for decades. The good news is that city support for the Senior Center has increased substantially over the last two years. Beginning in 2010, the United Way of King County also provides an annual grant to support the center. Over the years many other entities have also supported South Park’s seniors. (Healthy Aging Partnership, 501commons, and the Seattle Foundation). The South Park Area Redevelopment Committee (SPARC) serves as the fiscal sponsor for the Senior Center.

Giving & Donations

The South Park Senior Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
Click here to donate to give a financial gift to the South Park Senior Center.

Donations help us support purchase of food for the meal programs, additional staff, program enhancement, and a reserve fund.

Volunteer

The South Park Senior Center has a number of volunteer positions that provide administrative and direct service support. This includes volunteer outreach and coordination, meal preparation, serving and assisting to set up or clean up after programming. In the summer, we have a team of volunteer gardeners that work hard at Marra Farm to grow fresh organic food for the senior meal program.

We should direct them to the united way website or the other places we are posting current needs…