Budget cuts having impact on seniors

Paula Jacopec Guest columnist

September 15, 2013

I hope everyone is enjoying this little bit of cooler weather we are experiencing. Change is truly in the air. Things have been busy at the center since Mrs. Marie returned. She is slowly getting back into the swing of things. Thursday, the seniors had a kickoff celebration for Senior Center Month with a visit from Garland Major Winifred Hill Murphy.

Here are some important dates for the upcoming week :

• 16th Mrs. Brown from the Social Security Administration will be at the center to address concerns and questions.

• 17th The center will be closed due to the seniors going on their trip to Wilmington for their lunch cruise on the Henrietta. Pray they have a safe trip.

• 19th The Garland Seniors will be visiting the Roseboro Senior Center to help celebrate Senior Center Month. The Garland center will be closed.

In October, we will have CVS coming to the center administering flu shoots. Remember, anyone with health problems or up in age should get the flu shot. If you are around school aged children, it is easy to pick up the flu and it can be deadly for some.

I am sure everyone is aware of the budget cuts that have been broadcast almost daily on the news. Unfortunately, the center is not immune to those cuts. Mrs. Marie fights on a regular basis to get donations to keep the center inviting to those who want to come out. She puts a lot of hard work (very few see or realize how much) to keep the center going. One budget cut that is affecting our seniors right now is the cost of continuing education classes through Sampson Community College. Many of our seniors look forward to the sewing and computer classes that use to be free of charge to anyone over 65. Now, they have to pay a fee that many of them cannot squeeze into their budgets. Funding for teachers to come out and teach is also diminished unless there are a certain number of students per class. This will mean seniors will be without classes to take this fall and next spring. Mrs. Marie has asked that I reach out to you, the followers of this article, and ask for help. Don’t you like to be active? Don’t you like to keep your mind busy? Yes, we all like to have time to either just sit around and be lazy or sleep late but after a while you start to get stir crazy and wish you had something to do. Well, guess what — seniors don’t’ mind having down time either but they also like to keep themselves busy and these classes keep them busy — keeps their mind’s active. I have volunteered to do a computer class at the center. Now we need others who would like to come out and volunteer their time to teach/direct sewing classes. It could be anyone who just loves to sew or it could be a retired teacher or even someone who use to work at the shirt factory here in town. If anyone out there likes to do crafts and would be able to come on occasion and organize a craft class won’t you please step up and volunteer? The classes don’t have to be everyday — maybe once a week. Just let Mrs. Marie know what you would be willing to do and I can assure you that it will be greatly appreciated. If you aren’t the teaching type you could always donate resources—cloth, craft kits, thread, floral supplies, etc.

Remember, the center is having a continuous food drive for the needy from now until Thanksgiving. If you have the urge to clean out your cabinets or you pick up extra non-perishables on you next shopping trip, won’t you bring them to the center so it can be shared with the needy in the Garland community? Any little bit helps and puts food on some less fortunate’s table. In October, when the weather is cooler, we will be giving bowls of chili away in exchange for non-perishable foods. Keep an eye out for the date as we get closer to October.

We have so much in our lives to be thankful. We may not all have the high incomes or numerous wealth in possessions but we do have the overwhelming, constant wealth of knowing we have a God who will bless us in all we do in His name. There has never been a time when I have given to others that I regretted it. Now, there can be times that I don’t always feel appreciated in what I have done but in my heart I still feel good because I know that some people just don’t know how to show appreciation but they will remember that someone was kind towards them at some point in their life. In giving, I have continued to have what I NEED and I am happy to share. Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38 I think this verse rings so true in every moment of our lives, don’t you think so?

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed week. Take time to “sit under the shade tree” and remember how you have been blessed and how you have blessed others lives.