Atascadero Senior Center Provides Local Residents with Resources and Services •

The Atascadero Senior Center is a non-profit organization that provides resources and services for local residents. The center started in 1976 and has since been providing services to the community, ranging from activities like crafts, card games and movies to meals on wheels.

The Center is presently looking for contributions and volunteers from the community. 

ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Senior Center, located on East Mall near to the Sunken Gardens, has been assisting seniors in the neighborhood since the mid-seventies. The Senior Center, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is totally administered by volunteers. 

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“Group activities are one of the key services we provide. We attempt to get people together to have a good time, go out, and mingle. Lack of sociability is one of the key factors of dementia, as I’m sure most people are aware. As a result, we make a concerted effort to reach out to elders,” said John Crippen, who shares Office Manager responsibilities with his wife.

Movie groups, Tai Chi lessons three mornings a week, a Bunco club on Monday, chair yoga, and a discussion group that meets regularly to explore various themes are all available at the Center. A new walking club is also being formed at the Center. 

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“One of the things we’re attempting is to recruit more volunteers to help guide groups and create new ones. “We have various rooms, so we can have different groups going at the same time,” Crippen explained.

The Senior Center is now searching for volunteers to assist manage the front office, which is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. so that individuals may sign up for programs and learn more about what is available. They’re also seeking for folks who can assist them preserve its 1948 structure. Unfortunately, The Center recently lost its grant writer and has had trouble obtaining financial help since then. 

“It would be tremendously beneficial if someone could do some pro-bono grant writing for us,” Crippen said. “Funding has become very challenging for a variety of reasons. We were in trouble before the COVID, but since the COVID shut us down for a spell, we’ve lost members, financing, and personnel, and we’re trying to rebuild.”

In addition to offering group activities for area seniors, the Atascadero Senior Center also lends out assistive equipment, has access to federal, state, and local resources, maintains a small lending library, and collaborates with Meals That Connect. On Mondays, you may even give Ranger the Bodacious Beach Dog belly massages. 

Checks made payable to SCUI (Senior Citizens United Inc) may be dropped off or sent to the Atascadero Senior Center at 5905 East Mall, Atascadero. 

Visit the Atascadero Senior Centers’ Facebook page for additional information and to see their schedule of activities.

AT-Senior-Center-Contributed-Photo-1Located on East Mall, next to the Sunken Gardens, The Atascadero Senior Center has been helping seniors in our community (contributed photo) AT-Senior-Center-Contributed-Photo-2Local Seniors play Bunco at Atascadero Senior Center (contributed photo)

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