705 Oakwood, Room #203 (second floor), Ravenna,
Office Phone: 330-297-3456 Fax: 330-297-3503
*Toll Free 1-800-772-3799
*For calls in Portage County from a number not local to the 296 /
Office and Center Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through
The primary mission of the Portage County
Senior Services Center is to provide socialization opportunities
for all Portage County Senior Citizens without discrimination on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
handicap or ancestry. The secondary mission of the Senior
Services Center is to make the community aware of all of the
current and future needs of older Americans. The Center also
serves as a human link between appropriate services and the
needs of the individual Senior citizen.
|Free Tai Chi Classes
Free exercise classes
|Free Tai Chi Classes at 9:30; Bingo at 10:30a.m.
Free exercise classes 9:30
|Art classes every Friday; 2nd & 4th Fridays line
Also scheduled at various times throughout
the month are card parties, additional bingo games, photography and
craft classes, special luncheons and parties.
Charter bus trips are scheduled ten times
a year. The 2007 bus trips are Mountaineer, Holmes County, New York
City (2 nights), Ethnic Areas of Cleveland, Greektown Casino in
Detroit, Put N Bay, Lake Erie Island; Atlantic City (2 nights),
Mountaineer Casino and Kraynaks & Hartwood Acres for Christmas
For the ladies, the center sponsors a Red
Hat Society group, the Senior Queens. Monthly activities are
For the gentlemen, the center sponsors a Black Hat
Group. Monthly activities are scheduled.
SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY
The center sponsors the Portage County
Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program. $16,000.00 is provided
by the United State Department of Agriculture and the Ohio
Department on Aging. The local Area Agency on Aging assists with
the local program.
The Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program distributes $12.00
worth of vouchers to approximately 350 area Senior Citizens
during the months of June, July, August, September, and October. The vouchers can be used only at participating Farmers Markets:
Stahl’s, Hilgirts, Rufeners, Monroes Family Farm, Stotlers
and two participants at the Haymarket Saturday markets in Kent,
Chaykowski’s farm, and Richard Dirienzo’s Farm.
Area individuals who are least 60 years old, and who have an
income of no more that 185% of the poverty level are eligible
for the Farmer’s Market Program.
The Portage County Senior Services Center also sponsors “Safety Net”
program for all area Senior Citizens, regardless of income. Old, donated
cell phones are processed by Basic Communications in Streetsboro
(verified that they work, and that they have access to 911) The phones
are then given free of charge to area Senior Citizens to carry in their
automobiles to be used in emergencies (the phones will only have access
to emergency services, 911)
The Center also coordinates the Annual Senior Celebration of Achievement
in the Spring. A luncheon for at least 400 area Senior Citizens is
planned to include musical entertainment, door prizes, and an annual
recognition program of area Senior Citizens’ accomplishments and
contributions to the Portage County community. In 2007 the celebration
will be held on April 24th, at the Northeastern Ohio Universities
College of Medicine, in Rootstown.
Every October the center sponsors the Senior Citizen’s Harvest Ball, for
300 area Senior Citizens. This even includes musical entertainment,
lunch and door prizes. The Harvest Ball is held at Access To
Independence Hall in Ravenna.
The Center also sponsors a craft consignment
shop for area Senior
Citizens. The Shop is located on the first floor of the County
Administration Building. Any area Senior Citizen can place items in
the Shop on consignment, the crafter receives 85% of the selling
price and the Senior Center receives 15% of the selling price.
OPEN: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SERVICES
The Center Director also offers information
and referral services for Senior Citizens and Care givers. A
monthly newspaper column is printed in the area Newspaper,
Record Courier on the first Friday of each month.
For further information about any of the activities sponsored by
the Portage County Senior Services Center call 330-297-3456.
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