WSF program, community updates

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By Jerry Lowden, Winters Senior Foundation
Special to the Express

As the Winters Senior Foundation (WSF) starts the new year, they look back and thank those who donated to their Santa Bags program in December and recognize the teams of volunteer shoppers/delivery folks who made the program work.

Volunteer teams included Carol and Ed Scianna, Joni and Grant Davids, Neal Van Alfen and Pam Kazmierczak, Jan and Randy Lauchaire, Valerie Whitworth and Tina Compton, Pierre Neu and Marcia Gibbs, Nadia and Bruce Chapman, Sandy Vickrey and family, and all members of the WSF Board. They were able to deliver to 50 deserving households in Winters, providing bags of paper products and other essential items.

For 2022, the WSF Board is hoping to raise additional funds so that we can expand their program to reach a larger number of folks in town. Keep an eye out for The Big Day of Giving event May 6, and consider a donation to the WSF that would directly benefit seniors in Winters.

It is too early in the year to say whether the WSF will be able to re-start some of the larger indoor gatherings, but they are running a successful Chair Yoga program held outdoors (weather permitting) at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall each Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. If the weather does not permit, they move into the gym.

If you need to stretch to improve your movement and posture, and to feel better about life in general, come join in. There is no charge or preregistration required. They also continue to hold our social gatherings each Thursday afternoon, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish Hall. From time to time on Thursdays, they hit the road and enjoy a lunch gathering at one of the cafes/restaurants in the area.

Apply to SNAP
WSF wants to put in a word about a very important program that was created to assist all families or individuals here in Winters who may need special assistance during times of emergencies. The program is known as SNAP — Special Needs Alert Program — and is managed by the Winters Police Department. It assists first responders during emergencies involving City residents with contact information about those with special needs. A contact information application is available from the police department via the internet or in person and is quick and easy to fill out. Please take the time to complete the application to protect yourself and others.

Seniors news
The Winters Senior Commission On Aging just published a Winters Senior Resource Guide providing information on all the “agencies you need to know about as you age.” It is a very complete resource guide printed in both English and Spanish. The cost of the guide was funded by the Winters Senior Foundation, the Hispanic Advisory Committee, and by generous residents of Winters. Copies of these guides are available at City Hall, at local churches, at the Chamber of Commerce offices, at the offices of local apartment complexes, and at the Winters Health Care facility.

The WSF is hoping to see construction activity begin on the Winters Senior Center in the not-to-distant future. Far ahead of the construction activity, the Winters Senior Center Fund is busy mapping out plans for fundraising efforts to raise the necessary funds to furnish the facility once it is built. They are offering all manner of naming opportunities for those who donate toward a wide list of needed items. Look at their website, for more information.

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