Humboldt Senior Resource Center celebrates 40 years
EUREKA - It was a celebration in the streets! The Humboldt Senior Resource Center celebrated its 40th anniversary Monday afternoon with a barbecue. The center has been providing a continuum of care to the senior citizen’s of Humboldt County through meals and activities and the event honored the centers service to the community.
“We got permission to block off the street and we've invited the people that live right in this neighborhood and folks from our three different dining sites to join in the celebration of 40 years,” Barbara Walser, Director of Nutrition and Activities, said.
The Humboldt Senior Resource Center opened its doors in 1974. With a very small staff and just a few services to offer, the center’s goal was to ensure seniors of Humboldt County have a high quality of life. 40 years later, they are meeting that goal.
“It's a wonderful place for people who are looking for companionship, somebody to talk to, play cards with, whatever. They do many things here. I just think it's a wonderful place for us older people to come and enjoy ourselves,” Eureka resident, Mildred Mitchell said.
The center now offers an assortment of activities including dining services, karate, language lessons, ukulele classes and more.
“It's a very comfortable place here. I've been coming almost every day for lunch for six years and I feel like I've become part of this larger community through here,” John Clagett, a Senior Center participant said.
And residents from all around Humboldt County turned out to celebrate the centers 40 years of service. The event was held on California Street outside the center and featured hamburgers, hot dogs, line dancing, and the “Humboldt Accordianers”.
The event drew more than 250 people and lasted a couple of hours.
“It's really satisfying to see people come out and to see the staff involvement in making it look so festive and really be able to feel like we are meeting a lot of needs and everybody's recognizing that in an event like this,” Joyce Hayes, executive director of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center, said.