By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
A place of their own
Following a game of Scrabble, Gloria Bates (left) and Queen Baker (right) joke and converse, while drinking a couple of sodas at the Senior Citizens Inc. Center adjacent to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Hinesville. - photo by Photo by John Deike
Senior citizens of Liberty County have a new destination to enjoy one another’s company, and with its assortment of activities, this locale will surely evoke hearty smiles.
The Senior Citizens Inc. Center, which opened last month, allows the elderly in the community the opportunity to bake dishes and desserts, watch movies, furnish arts and crafts, play games (like board games and bingo), listen to weekly speakers and participate in exercises, SCI Director Amy Duke said.
Duke also offers free daily lunches and, if transportation is a problem, free round trip rides will be arranged (with two-days notice) for anyone who wants to come and visit, she said.
“I think the senior citizens who haven’t visited yet would have a wonderful time. In a sense, it’s like a big family reunion. The people who visit here get a sense of fulfillment since they’ve done something rewarding for the day. It’s a collaborative effort here. This is their center. I orient and help, but essentially this is their sanctuary,” Duke said.
Within the next year, Duke is eager to see the number of visitors to the center grow, and she hopes the community can heed the call as well to help the many elderly people situated throughout Liberty’s neighborhoods.
Father Will Carter of St. Philips, who helped bring the center into fruition, is ready to see more visitors arrive too.
“Currently, I think the word within the community has not spread effectively because the number of elderly participants is down...Participation is a function of need or knowledge, and I encourage every senior citizen to take an active part in this center,” Carter said.
To encourage participation, Duke will also hold monthly activities like barbecues and low country boils for the elderly of the community to enjoy, she said.
If any interested parties would like to learn more, call St. Philips Episcopal Church at 912-876-9748.
Sign up for our e-newsletters