Jeffersonian Senior Center opens at new location

Messenger photo by Theresa Hennis
On Nov. 16, members, officers and supporters celebrated the grand opening of the Jeffersonian Senior Citizens Center’s new location at 174 E. Main St. in West Jefferson: (front row, from left) Cheryl Norris, treasurer, and Jerry Kennedy, vice president, of the Jeffersonian Senior Citizens Center Social Club; West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin; Sherry Hook, president of the Social Club; Virginia Miller, president and CEO, and Ada Cochran, secretary/treasurer, of the Jeffersonian Senior Citizens Center Inc.; Delores Morris, secretary of the Social Club; (back) Rev. Ruth Pribe, lead pastor of West Jefferson United Methodist Church.

(Posted Nov. 17, 2020)

By Theresa Hennis, Staff Writer

The Jeffersonian Senior Citizens Center celebrated the opening of its new location at 174 E. Main St., West Jefferson, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Nov. 16.

The new location is situated directly off of the main street with easy access for seniors. The old location at 28 E. Main St. served seniors since 1985, but when West Jefferson Plumbing & Heating decided to vacate its building, the village offered to buy it and rent it to the senior center for $1 a year.

“We did some renovations on the building, put a garage door in, and still need to do some painting,” said West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin. “We want to take care of our seniors.”

Ada Cochran, secretary/treasurer of the Jeffersonian Senior Citizens Center Inc., said, “Ray and the village have been so good to us. If we need anything, we can call Ray. His church donated an additional 250 pounds of food to distribute along with the Mid-Ohio food boxes.”

The food distribution area is attached to the senior center. The newly installed garage door makes for easy delivery, unloading and distribution. During the pandemic, members of the Ohio National Guard are helping to distribute the food boxes in a drive-through format.
Colleen Havens, senior hunger manager for Mid-Ohio Food Bank, attended the grand opening.

“I’m here to celebrate this lovely new center. We’re so proud of them. They distribute the Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) food boxes for us each month. Our driver is thrilled about the access to the garage door for deliveries,” Havens said.

Previously, food distribution took place on the fourth Friday of each month, but the center now plans the dates according to when the National Guard is available. The next food distribution drive-through is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 23.

The Certified Gas Station next door to the center allows seniors to exit the food box drive-through via its parking lot.

Activities on hold at the center until further notice due to COVID-19 safety concerns are: potlucks, bingo, Euchre Fridays, and bazaars. The center is not renting out the facility for outside functions such as weddings, anniversaries and receptions.

In addition to the food distribution, the center continues to offer rides to doctor appointments.

For more information on the center’s hours and days of operation during the pandemic, services, upcoming activities and food distribution, call Virginia Miller, president of the Jeffersonian Senior Citizens Center Inc., at (614) 302-8883.


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