“It’s very lonely sitting at home every day…” Community center helps seniors socialize | News

LINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – A community center is reopening after a two-year closure.

The William T. Murphy Community and Wellness Center reopened on Monday after closing in March 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns.

Many services are offered, but Glenburn Home board member and resident Nobel Stallons said the center offers visitors something more valuable.

“It’s not so much about meals and exercise,” Stallons said. “As it’s about socializing.”

The big social events at the center are the daily meals. From Monday to Friday, the center offers a meal to residents and residents of Glenburn. The center invites members of the community to have a meal and a time to meet other people. Bingo and other activities are planned during this time.

Given that the number of Covid-19 cases is low in the region, program organizers said now is the time to reopen services.

“It’s very lonely sitting at home every day,” said Sue Sowders-Vingis, Marketing Director of Glenburn Home. “You have to be out and around people. I think it’s very important that we open it up for that.”

Sowders-Vingis said guests can range from six to 30 people. She agreed with Stallons that it was more about socializing than food.

Given the benefits, she said she wanted to see the program grow.

“We hope to spread the word and keep building,” Sowders-Vingis said. “And attract more people here.”

While the center hopes to welcome new faces, Stallons said he was delighted to see old ones.

“It will be interesting to see how long it takes for them to start coming back,” Stallons said. “And realizing how much socializing means.”

Services are available to anyone age 50 or older in Greene County.

To participate in these services, you can call 812 847-3509.

Jill E. Washington