MILLERSBURG — After a two-year hiatus in internal operations, the Darb Snyder Center for the elderly on Parkview Drive in Millersburg is slowly returning to some sense of normalcy, according to director Georgie Cool.
The establishment is once again serving lunches to seniors who wish to come in and enjoy some socializing. All programs are designed to meet the needs of seniors – needs for social interaction, intellectual stimulation and emotional enhancement.
“The same day we opened, the Coshocton and Carroll County senior centers also opened,” Cool said. “We’re starting slow with day-to-day operations. We’re still doing take-out lunches, where people can call and order their meal. The only thing different is that they have to come in and get it. We’re waiting on the tables for people who eat here in our assembly area. We serve approximately 106 meals a day.
“We’ve been busy the last two weeks trying to put everything together,” she added.
Five people work at the senior center, including Cool. Penny Hamilton is a financial officer and chef. Sue Garver is one of the transport drivers. Karen Goff is a cook’s helper and Megan Hamilton is a dishwasher. Helen Hall and Jan Ochs are Meals on Wheels Drivers. Hall runs the western route and Ochs the eastern end. Mary Gallion comes weekly to take care of some cleaning duties.
Upcoming Events at Darb Snyder Center for the elderly in Millersburg
The Senior Days will start on the last Friday of May.
“We’ll have 18 vendors set up on the lower tier starting at 10 a.m.,” Cool said. “Visitors can come in and walk around and talk to representatives from nursing homes, a hearing care professional, health and finance professionals who deal with assisted living, assisted care, and different providers , such as the Holmes County Veterans Service, the Salvation Army and the Society for Equal Access which offers different incentives and programs for seniors The Regional Agency on Aging, One-Eighty and Department of Health staff as well that various nursing homes and the County Home will all be represented.
The senior center will be giving away 100 tickets for the Senior Days event free of charge. The only requirement is that participants must be 60 or older to enter. to the building. Tickets are available at the property
The Darb Snyder Senior Center is entering its third year of Farmer’s Market Vouchers.
“Any Holmes County resident over the age of 60 can walk in and show their ID and proof of address, we present them with 10 $5 vouchers to spend at any farmers market in the area , like Harvey’s Market,” Cool said. “Apart from the one to the west on State Route 39, Harvey’s has taken over Miller’s Market in Walnut Creek.
“These vouchers can be used at any farmers market in our affiliate, such as Saturday morning Wooster, Coshocton or Tuscarawas,” she added. “Anyone over the age of 60 just has to come in and fill out paperwork and then we’ll give them the vouchers from May.”
Cool said someone volunteered to do senior bingo, but the center doesn’t rush into that kind of thing.
“Senior bingo is normally held on Tuesdays,” Cool said. “We hope to start doing card games again, like euchre, but no one has spoken to us yet about putting them together. We also have a group that plays Hand and Foot, but since we closed they have started playing again at Danbury.
“We haven’t talked about restarting our church service at all,” Cool added. “It was becoming very difficult for a number of ministers to come in. It fell on the shoulders of only two or three of them who were doing our church service for us. We will just wait and see, to find out what and how people want us to move forward.”
Partnership with Holmes County Health Department
The Holmes County Health Department is is partnering with the Senior Center to run two Ger-Fit classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings in May.
Anyone interested in participating should contact the health department to get on the list.
For more information about the Darb Snyder Senior Center and its activities, call 330-674-0580.