The Houston Senior Center on Grand Avenue in Houston. 

The Houston Senior Center is preparing for its annual “main event” fundraiser, the Helping Hands Walk, set for Thursday Sept. 22.

Senior center administrator Bernadine Hohlt said letters have been sent out asking for sponsorship or donations.

“We were unable to find a walk chairperson this year,” Hohlt said, “so we would appreciate your response to the letters that have been sent out.”

Seniors will be collecting pledges and walking in the event, and depending on citizens to help them meet a goal of $5,000 for the center’s congregate and home bound delivered meals programs, services and activities serving people age 60 and over in the community.

One-mile and three-mile routes have been mapped out, starting and finishing at the senior center (301 S. Grand Avenue).

Last year, the Houston Senior Center served 40,524 home bound and congregate meals, and has provided frozen meals for clients in the Licking area since the Licking Senior Center became independent in 2015.

“We have seen an increased in frozen meals for clients outside the city limits,” Hohlt said. “These meals provide nutrition and are one way of helping individuals remain in their own homes despite problems of aging, disability or illness.”

Recipients of homebound meals and services are part of an age group rapidly growing in numbers, Hohlt said, and it should be recognized that increased human and financial resources are required to meet the need for home bound meals and services for seniors.

“We are asking for your help in this annual event,” she said. “Even if you just give a little, it all adds up to help keep services for seniors in our community available.

For more information, or to get a pledge form, make a donation or volunteer to work at the senior center, call Hohlt at 417-967-4119. 

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