Senior News: Why we do what we do

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    By Cheryl Wilkinson
    PREVIEW Columnist

    We give a grateful and heartfelt shout out to our supporters on behalf of all those we serve. Since April, The Community Café has been consistently serving a remarkable average of 1,985 meals every month — that is a twice the number of meals we provided each month on average in 2019.

    Central to all our work at The Community Café is the need in our community for healthy, tasty, affordable meals to our 60-and-better consumers. To those we serve, these meals allow them more time to be healthy, active and pursue their interests.

    When COVID hit, in keeping with our outreach and continuity planning, we examined how to best provide essential nutrition to unserved or underserved consumers and what services would best support them to improve or maintain their independence. Based on this outreach, we have been able to expand our deliveries into key areas farther out in the county that were previously beyond our service limits.

    Without the support we receive from our many dedicated staff, community volunteers and our grantors — including Archuleta County, the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging (SJBAAA) and the Town of Pagosa Springs — we would not have been able to continue to serve our community during 2020. You directly support our commitment to make a difference in the lives of those 60 and better in our county, and you make it possible to do what we do each and every day.

    We will continue to work towards reopening the café dining room for meals, games and other activities in accordance with health department and state guidelines. In the meantime, our website now regularly provides download printable resources — freely available for everyone — as well as links to sign up to enjoy a bevy of virtual — both live and recorded — fun, educational and social opportunities. You can learn more at: http://www.psseniors.org/.

    Take-out meals continue

    In order to continue providing meals, we are offering take-out hot meals and a salad with a drive-up option under the portico at the Ross Aragon Community Center. 

    These meals will be available Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a $4 suggested donation for lunch for those age 60 and better. If you need to have your meal delivered, please call 264-2167 to see if this option is available in your area. 

    The cost per meal for the public age 59 and under is $8.50. The meals include a salad, hot meal, drink and dessert or bread. 

    Please call 264-2167 to make a reservation for pickup. We are also continuing our Meals on Wheels program. 

    There will be no games, classes, or presentations during this time. The staff will be available by phone. If you need to speak to a staff member, please call 264-2167.

    The Community
    Café menu

    Thursday, Dec. 10 — Lentils with leeks and sausage, baked rice, milk, salad and pear pie.

    Friday, Dec. 11 — Chicken pot pie, sautéed broccolini, milk, salad and chocolate mousse.

    Monday, Dec. 14 — Pork posole, Spanish rice, milk and sopapillas with honey.

    Tuesday, Dec. 15 — Sesame seed-crusted salmon with rice noodles, snow pea stir-fry, milk, salad and carrot cake.

    Wednesday, Dec. 16 — Sausage, biscuits and gravy, caramelized butternut squash, milk, salad and banana pudding.

    Thursday, Dec. 17 — Roasted garlicky lemon chicken, spaghetti squash, Mediterranean beets, milk, salad and chocolate cake.

    For your convenience, you can make your reservations in advance or have a standing reservation on days you know you will always pick up. Please cancel if you cannot attend on your standing reservation days. We want to thank everyone for their support by observing our reservation policy. This helps ensure that everyone with reservations receives a meal and enables us to provide additional and healthier meals.

    Due to COVID-19, food supplies have been affected. Substitutions will be made accordingly.