In March, the Congregate Meals Program and Senior Centers were able to team up with Baptist Health Hardin and help our participants get vaccine appointments. We were able to quickly fill all time slots that we were given. We were grateful to CATS transportation for working with us to get those without transportation to their vaccine appointment.
Our senior centers continue to be closed to in-person gathering. I cannot believe it has been 14 months since participants have been in our centers. Our program staff have had a couple of meetings with the Departments for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) to discuss opening the senior centers. Unfortunately, there has been no definitive date set. However, since the pandemic began in March of 2020, we have served 80,708 meals to 978 unduplicated participants. So, we have and will continue to reach out to seniors in each of our communities.
Now that the weather is starting to warm up, we will be planning to do some drive in Bingocize at the centers. Clients will be given paper bingo cards with highlighters. They will remain in their vehicle while playing bingo. We did this last year at a couple of locations. The seniors really enjoyed it!
Lastly, we would like to welcome Mary Jane Kelly (shown) to our team. She has been hired as the Head Cook at the Bardstown Senior Center.