Leisure And Aging Branch
Lone Star Recreation Programming Class IV: Southlake Community Service Department
“Senior Center Arabian Nights
pictured: Ryan McGrail, Soheila Phelps, Steve Moore
In the Class IV Lone Star Recreation Programming Achievement Award category for cities with populations of 20,001 to 50,000, this year’s winner is the city of Southlake Community Service Department for “Senior Center Arabian Nights”. Senior citizens and their adult family members enjoyed a night of Mediterranean food, belly dancing and other entertainment. Participants were “exposed” to a new culture and enjoyed the night socializing with friends.
Outstanding Programming in Aging Award Winner
Summit Singles program
The Summit – Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Dept.
The goal of the Summit Singles is to meet the emotional needs of every member in addition to their fitness/wellness/nutritional needs as well as their recreational and social needs. The objectives are to help members meet new friends and to adjust to their new way of life (being widowed or divorced). The size of the group varies from ten to twenty people at each meeting and discusses topics related to being an older single adult including grief and relationship counseling, issues with living with adult children and raising grandchildren. The program is free and, although, it is hard to measure the success on paper, it’s easily apparent how these bi-weekly meetings have helped more than 150 seniors become more self-confident, meet new friends and share their joys and sorrows. The Summit’s and Grand Prairie’s philosophy is to provide the best quality of life by serving the whole person.
Corporate Award for Outstanding Service in Aging Winner
Griswold Home Care
Nominated by the City of Mesquite
In 2013, Mike Gibson, owner of Griswold Home Care saw a need in the community and set in motion the partnership for the Portable Pantry Program in Mesquite, Texas. Partners include the City of Mesquite Parks and Recreation Senior Centers, Mesquite Social Services, Mesquite Elks Lodge and Griswold Home Care. Adults 50+ may register for the program and receive a bag of food each month from Mesquite Social Services with an approximate value of $35 that includes items like canned food, rice, beans, fruit snacks, coffee and tea. These filled recyclable bags are designed to be easily carried home and the recipients return the bags to the center before the next delivery date. Seniors with transportation can pick them up at the Goodbar Senior Center on the designated day and those home bound are delivered by Mike. The program started with 160 participants, but quickly grew to more than 200 with a waiting list. Through donations the program has been able to expand to nearly 250 participants monthly. Mike is excited with the program’s success and service to the senior community and has said, “Our goal now is we are going to take it and grow it.
Corporate Award - City of Abilene - Wisteria Place Retirement Living
Outstanding Professional Award - City of Abilene - Janet Whisenhunt
Janet was recognized by Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald (Right)
Outstanding Program Award -City of McKinney – 12/12/12 Party of the Century
For more information about the Leisure and Aging Branch contact
Rotha Crump and Ida Wilson
Farmers Branch Senior Center
14055 Dennis Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75234