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Back home

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Citizen Center in Thayer has moved back home at Front and Chestnut Streets in Thayer. Sheila Smith, left, is the center administrator and Sue Scott is the assistant administrator. Photo by Jan Thompson
THAYER -- The volunteers and employees at Fun and Friends Senior Citizen Center in Thayer are back home at the center located on Front and Chestnut Streets and very glad of it.

"We got back in our building Sept. 29," said Fun and Friends Administrator Sheila Smith. Sue Scott is assistant administrator at the center.

The senior center was displaced after seepage from heavy spring rains all but destroyed the inside of the building.

At first the center was closed for a few days, but moved into the Masonic Lodge for several weeks and then, until Sept. 29, served meals out of what use to be the Dutch Oven Restaurant.

"We really appreciate the use of both of these buildings. While we were at the Masonic Lodge we had to go to the Alton Senior Citizen Center to prepare our meals. We appreciate the Alton Senior Center for letting us use their kitchen," Smith said.

The center has totally been remodeled. The ceiling has been dropped, there is new tile on the floor, the walls have been painted and the craftroom made a bit smaller.

The carpet in the sitting room of the center was saved and cleaned.

The bathroom has been re-done and a new bathroom has been added to the office portion of the center. A new roof was also put on the building.

"The side of the building was dug into and what is called a French drain was placed there in the hopes of keeping seepage out of the center in the future," Smith said.

Fun and Friends is run solely by volunteers. The five employees at the center are employed and paid by the Southwest Office on Aging, she said.

The center averages about 40 volunteers a day and Smith said they could always use more volunteers. "We have plenty of home delivered meal drivers. We need people who can take the meals to the houses," she said.

The renovation at the center cost more than they had funds for and Smith said they would be holding fundraisers to help pay for the renovation. This month they had a bake sale and next month a fish fry is planned. Smith said she did not know the date for the fish fry but it will be announced the week before in The South Missourian News when a date has been set.

The center serves about 60 meals a day inside the center and about 348 hot and frozen home delivered meals a day.

The center is more than a place for senior citizens to get nutritious meals. There is a lot of activity at the center including pool tables, putting together puzzles, quilting, conversation and friendship.

There are also many extras at the center that have been purchased through the fund raising efforts of the volunteers. They have bought a coffee machine, ice cream machine and other extras that would not have been possible without the fundraisers.

Smith said the center has now started carry-out meals. They cost $3 for seniors 60 and over and $5 for anyone else.

Anyone who would be interested in volunteering at the center or would like to order a carry-out meal can call the center at 417-264-7354.

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