Letter: The Bristol Senior Center is very much open

Posted 10/14/21

This is in response to the Sept. 30 Speak Out call, “Open the Senior Center.” I am a senior who volunteers for the Benjamin Church Senior Center’s lunch program — first in …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Not a subscriber?


Start a Subscription

Sign up to start a subscription today! Click here to see your options.

Purchase a day pass

Purchase 24 hours of website access for $2. Click here to continue

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.


Letter: The Bristol Senior Center is very much open

Posted

This is in response to the Sept. 30 Speak Out call, “Open the Senior Center.” I am a senior who volunteers for the Benjamin Church Senior Center’s lunch program — first in person and since the pandemic, delivering bag lunches.

The Senior Center is currently providing some 35+ bag lunches daily — way more than they could provide in person maintaining social distancing. To provide in person meals, there must be at least 15 participants, and for those familiar with the center, there is not a lot of indoor dining space as there is in other centers. Continuing to deliver bag lunches allows the center to reach more seniors.

I will add that the center has been open daily since the beginning of the pandemic, reaching out to the community providing services that are not always publicly recognized but needed — extra food, clothing, etc. The Senior Center has been providing outdoor exercise programs all summer, has offered outdoor game days, and recently indoor craft programs. The indoor programs are again limited to the space needed to maintain social distancing.

The ladies at the helm have and are doing a remarkable job, and Bristol seniors are lucky to have such dedicated women advocating on their behalf.

Sarah Hertfelder
Bristol

Comments

No comments on this item Please log in to comment by clicking here

2021 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Mike Rego

Mike Rego has worked at East Bay Newspapers since 2001, helping the company launch The Westport Shorelines. He soon after became a Sports Editor, spending the next 10-plus years in that role before taking over as editor of The East Providence Post in February of 2012. To contact Mike about The Post or to submit information, suggest story ideas or photo opportunities, etc. in East Providence, email mrego@eastbaymediagroup.com.