Seniors in Need

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  • Volunteers Ben Pate and Pat Leatherwood dig a ditch to divert rainwater from the Dublin Senior Citizen Center at 202 E. Clinton last week. The Center is hosting a bake sale at the Dublin Farmer’s Market on Saturday and seeking donations to help with needed foundation repair and drainage issues. Paul Gaudette | Citizen staff photo
    Volunteers Ben Pate and Pat Leatherwood dig a ditch to divert rainwater from the Dublin Senior Citizen Center at 202 E. Clinton last week. The Center is hosting a bake sale at the Dublin Farmer’s Market on Saturday and seeking donations to help with needed foundation repair and drainage issues. Paul Gaudette | Citizen staff photo
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Saturday morning (Nov. 21) offers the perfect time to pick up a holiday treat and support some neighbors in need.

The Dublin Senior Citizens Center will be hosting a bake sale at the Dublin Farmer Market at Wright Historic Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward helping renovate the center, which has been hit hard by the COVID pandemic.

For decades the center has offered a place for Dublin senior citizens to meet, getting exercise and socializing with their neighbors.

With current social distance guidelines, the center has not been able to hold its Wednesday potluck lunch and games, but the chair exercise group has resumed meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Some of the members meet after exercise on Thursday to play games.

During exercise, members wear masks when close to other members and social distance their chairs. Face masks and hand sanitizer are provided to anyone that would like to join.

Since the pandemic started, issues started to emerge with the building, and the limitations on meeting have made it difficult for Dublin’s seniors to address them.

“Our ability to make repairs needed at our center ended when the virus ended our fundraising capability,” said center Secretary Jeanette Gomes. “We are not able with our limited income to do the repairs so we are putting out an S.O.S.”

Members of the center are currently applying for grants and getting bids on foundation repair and there is also a need for raingutters to divert water from the building.

“We are working with the Dublin EDC and the great members of Dublin’s Rotary Club to help return the center to the vibrant place we all love,” Gomes said. “It takes a lot of money to do this so we are working hard to look for any contractors that might donate work and/or materials to repair the foundation.”

Members of the center have been working to improve the landscaping at the building and volunteers were out last week, working on digging our drainage areas to help divert water from the building.

“We ask all seniors and Dublin citizens to help us by baking and/or buying pastries at the sale,” said Gomes.

Those wanting to donate baked items are asked to bring them to the center (202 E. Clinton, behind Dairy Queen) by 9 a.m. on Saturday (Nov.21) or from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday (Nov.20).

Those who would like to help can also call Susan (459- 2700), Sue (909-730-4428) or Jeanette (979-1351)

“Dublin Senior Citizen Center needs your help to remain open,” Gomes said.