Vashon Senior Center

Making Community Strong

Vashon-Maury Senior Center creates a sense of community that enhances the experience of being an older adult.

 

A Strawberry Festival Thank-you

A huge thank-you to everyone who helped make this Strawberry Festival so much fun! We had many people involved this year, and the planning and execution couldn’t have been smoother. Thank you to Susie for working tirelessly on the Unofficial Mayor campaign (and raising money for the Center), to Wally and Kim(Coco) for leading the kazoo band, to Bernie and Joe for driving in the parade and bringing out Mary’s and Ava's inner beauty queens, to everyone who donated and voted, to John Browne, to Ellen, Helene, Sigrid, Barb, Carol, and Al for keeping the Center open so folks had a place to rest, to Kate, Cheryl, Xavier, and Jessie for overseeing the parking, to all of our Kazoo-ers, to all of you who loaned out your tie dye to anyone who needed it, to Mary, Carl, Lawrence, Wally, and Linda for keeping me company in the Senior Center booth, to Steve Sussman for giving rides in the trishaw (bonus—it also makes a great conversation spot!), to Scott Gaul for keeping the website up-to-date, and to everyone who played a part in the Festival.

 

You can see the Senior Center in the parade by clicking the YouTube link below.

 

Watch Senior Center Parade on YouTube

 

Thank you!

Catherine

We are pleased to announce that Catherine Swearingen will step into the role of executive director of the Vashon Senior Center.

Catherine comes to us with an extensive background in non profit organizations—as a volunteer, an employee, and a board member. After a successful career as an attorney in South Carolina, Catherine began working in higher education, where she led career counseling departments at The University of the South in Tennessee and at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma and as a career counselor at the University of Denver. Catherine has also served as the director of the Sewanee Tennessee Community Action Committee and volunteered at Blue Monarch Women’s Shelter in Middle Tennessee, the Safe Exchange Program for Children in Boulder, Colorado, the YWCA of Boulder County, and the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, Colorado.

Catherine is passionate about community engagement and currently serves on the board of directors of Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP) and Hestia Retreat. She and her husband, John Cook, moved to Vashon in 2014, and were joined by Catherine’s two sons, Perrin and Walker Meriwether. Catherine loves dogs and will be accompanied regularly at the Center by her collie, Edward.

“The work of the Vashon Senior Center speaks to my heart,” says Catherine. “My father was an active participant at the senior citizen center in the small town where he lived. I know what a difference that organization made to him socially, emotionally, nutritionally, and physically. The chance to provide that same level of care and support to older adults on Vashon is an honor.”

Please stop by the Center and join us in welcoming Catherine. She is eager to meet our members and continue the good work we do in this community. She will be working part-time for the next couple of weeks as she transitions into the role, coming on board full time June 1st.

Need Help With Something?

Send us an email or give us a call. We will help you find the right service.

reception@vashoncenter.org

206-463-5173

 

Services at the Center

Community Lunch at the Center

Lunch is served 4 days a week at noon. Join us for a well-balanced and hearty lunch for seniors prepared by our esteemable cook, Kate. Lunch includes salad, a main course, vegetable side and tempting dessert. We have vegetarian meals on occasion. And we offer takeout. The suggested donation is $4.50 but no one is turned away for lack of funds. You may purchase a 10-lunch punch card for $40. Join us in this community event where we have frequent parties and holiday celebrations.

Ride the Care-a-Van

We will pick you up at your door and bring you to lunch at noon. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday our “personality plus driver”, Joe will pick you up in our 10-passenger fully accessible van. Enjoy lunch and we will take you home again. There's no charge for the service. Granny's Attic has generously funded the program. Of course, you'll want to buy lunch when you get here ($4.50 for lunch). Call the Center at 206-463-5173 to schedule your ride. We will give you all the information when you call.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels helps seniors remain independent. We deliver nutritious meals and supplements to individuals who are homebound, unable to prepare meals, or experiencing limited Mobility. Meals on Wheels is for eligible participants over the age of 60. Meals are provided free of charge or for a discretionary donation. To learn more or volunteer call the Vashon Senior Center, 206-463-5173.

Drop-in Help for Technology

Get help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop. Our technical facilitator, Rain will help you navigate the technology and answer your questions. Bring your fully charged device and your passwords. No smartphone question is too dumb. Just drop in at the Center any Wednesday from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Computer Club

Get savvy with online technology and computers. Learn how to guard against online scams, hacking and malware. The tech guru, Michael O'Donnell of Sound Computing Solutions will help answer all your technical questions. Join us on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.

Legal Clinic Questions and Answers

Free help for legal questions is available at the Vashon Senior Center. The Neighborhood Legal Clinic provides 30 minutes of free, limited legal consulting to King County and Washington State residents. A volunteer attorney will help with legal problems, suggest possible options and provide referrals. To schedule a clinic appointment, call 206-267-7070 Tuesday through Thursday between 9 am and 12 pm. Schedule the appointment no more than 7 days in advance of each monthly Clinic. Then meet on the first Thursday of the month between 6 pm and 8 pm at the Senior Center.

Neighbor to Neighbor

Help is available for on-island transportation, shopping, light housework, even yard work. We can also provide occasional respite care, telephone check-in calls, social visits and other services, all provided by volunteers. These trained and qualified volunteers help seniors 55+ to remain in their homes as long as safely possible. This service is for seniors who are economically disadvantaged and living on a fixed income. Call 206-463-5173 for all the information.

Bluebird Medical Transportation

Off-island transportation for medical appointments is available. The driver will pick you up at your home and take you to your medical appointment, wait for you and return you home again. This service is free of charge, generously funded by Granny's Attic and the family of June Mikulka. Your payment of the ferry fare is appreciated. Bluebird Medical Transportation is available 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. Call 206-463-5173 for all the information.

 

Vashon Senior Center Calendar

Check out what is happening today, or view the Full Page Calendar.

Full Page Calendar

Contribute to the Community

Here are the ways you can contribute to the Vashon Senior Center.

 

1. Check the Job and Volunteer openings. We are currently in of Drivers.

 

Job and Volunteer Openings

 

2. Join the Center for a $25 yearly subscription. The benefits are just too many to list here. Print out the forms or just walk in anytime to the Center and we will be happy to assist you.

 

Print Membership Form

 

3. Make a donation for any reason or cause. You can make a one-time or ongoing monthly donation.  Just use the PayPal button below. All credit cards are accepted.

4. Use this link for all your purchases at Amazon.com. A portion of the sale is donated to Vashon Senior Center. These donations add up!

 

smile.amazon.com/ch/80-0340771

Take a look at the Newsletter

The most recent newsletters are here on line.

Current Newsletter

Past Newsletter

Staff

Catherine Swearingen

Mary Ornstead

Kathleen Hendrickson

 

Ava Apple

Kate Huntley

Denny McVeigh

Joe Meier

 

 

2018 Board of Directors

Susie Kalhorn

Jacq Skeffington

John McCoy

John Dunn

Mary Van Gemert

Elise Lindgren

John Burggraff

Mary Ann Nagler

Kate Smith

Deb Taylor

Bernie O'Malley

 

 

Director

Administration

Reception

 

Neighbor to Neighbor Coordinator

Meal Coordinator

Bluebird Driver

Lunch Care-a-Van Driver

 

 

 

President

Vice President

Treasurer

Secretary

 

Vashon Senior Center

206 463-5173

reception@vashoncenter.org

 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

Vashon Senior Center

10004 SW Bank Road

P.O. Box 848

Vashon WA 98070

Need Help With Something?

Send us an email or give us a call. We will help you find the right service.

reception@vashoncenter.org

206-463-5173

 

Services at the Center

Community Lunch at the Center

Lunch is served 4 days a week at noon. Join us for a well-balanced and hearty lunch for seniors prepared by our esteemable cook, Kate. Lunch includes salad, a main course, vegetable side and tempting dessert. We have vegetarian meals on occasion. And we offer takeout. The suggested donation is $4.50 but no one is turned away for lack of funds. You may purchase a 10-lunch punch card for $40. Join us in this community event where we have frequent parties and holiday celebrations.

Ride the Care-a-Van

We will pick you up at your door and bring you to lunch at noon. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday our “personality plus driver”, Joe will pick you up in our 10-passenger fully accessible van. Enjoy lunch and we will take you home again. There's no charge for the service. Granny's Attic has generously funded the program. Of course, you'll want to buy lunch when you get here ($4.50 for lunch). Call the Center at 206-463-5173 to schedule your ride. We will give you all the information when you call.

Drop-in Help for Technology

Get help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop. Our technical facilitator, Rain will help you navigate the technology and answer your questions. Bring your fully charged device and your passwords. No smartphone question is too dumb. Just drop in at the Center any Wednesday from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Computer Club

Get savvy with online technology and computers. Learn how to guard against online scams, hacking and malware. The tech guru, Michael O'Donnell of Sound Computing Solutions will help answer all your technical questions. Join us on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.

Legal Clinic Questions and Answers

Free help for legal questions is available at the Vashon Senior Center. The Neighborhood Legal Clinic provides 30 minutes of free, limited legal consulting to King County and Washington State residents. A volunteer attorney will help with legal problems, suggest possible options and provide referrals. To schedule a clinic appointment, call 206-267-7070 Tuesday through Thursday between 9 am and 12 pm. Schedule the appointment no more than 7 days in advance of each monthly Clinic. Then meet on the first Thursday of the month between 6 pm and 8 pm at the Senior Center.

Neighbor to Neighbor

Help is available for on-island transportation, shopping, light housework, even yard work. We can also provide occasional respite care, telephone check-in calls, social visits and other services, all provided by volunteers. These trained and qualified volunteers help seniors 55+ to remain in their homes as long as safely possible. This service is for seniors who are economically disadvantaged and living on a fixed income. Call 206-463-5173 for all the information.

Bluebird Medical Transportation

Off-island transportation for medical appointments is available. The driver will pick you up at your home and take you to your medical appointment, wait for you and return you home again. This service is free of charge, generously funded by Granny's Attic and the family of June Mikulka. Your payment of the ferry fare is appreciated. Bluebird Medical Transportation is available 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. Call 206-463-5173 for all the information.

 

Staff

Catherine Swearingen, Director

director@vashoncenter.org

 

Mary Ornstead, Administration

admin@vashoncenter.org

 

Kathleen Hendrickson, Reception

reception@vashoncenter.org

 

Ava Apple, Neighbor to Neighbor Coordinator

n2n@vashoncenter.org

 

Kate Huntley, Meal Coordinator

Denny McVeigh, Bluebird Driver

Joe Meier, Lunch Care-a-Van Driver

 

 

2018 Board of Directors

Susie Kalhorn, President

Jacq Skeffington, Vice President

John McCoy, Treasurer

John Dunn, Secretary

Mary Van Gemert

Elise Lindgren

John Burggraff

Mary Ann Nagler

Kate Smith

Deb Taylor

Bernie O'Malley

Vashon Senior Center

206 463-5173

reception@vashoncenter.org

 

Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday & Friday

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

Vashon Senior Center

10004 SW Bank Road

P.O. Box 848

Vashon WA 98070