The city of York prides itself on its strong dedication to growth and development. This dedication is evident in its impressive record of improvements to the city. During the past several years, York has made significant improvements to the water system, streets, and city buildings. The city leaders are continuously striving to make York a better place to live for their residents. A few examples of these recent lifestyle improvements include the extension of hiking/biking trails, construction of a new elementary school, and a major addition and renovation to the hospital.
Beside these lifestyle and various other improvements, the city of York discovered it was not adequately improving the needs of one citizen group – its mature population. York did not have a senior citizen center or any space dedicated solely to seniors and their social and recreational needs.
Due to the lack of a senior center, a few senior residents became determined to establish such a place. In 1995, these residents formed the York Area Senior Center Developers. This group was able to generate support in the community for the creation of the York Senior Center. Through dedication and hard work, they secured funding through grants, private donations, and a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), awarded to the city of York by Governor Mike Johanns.
The York Senior Center held a Grand Opening on August 4, 2002. Since then, the center has provided a warm, inviting place for seniors “to meet friends and make new friends,” according to Gus Jensen, president of the York Senior Center. “Our seniors finally have a home – where they can socialize and remain active in their community,” said Jensen.
The 8,600 square-feet center includes an auditorium, kitchen, and conference room. There also are rooms dedicated for sewing, crafts, billiards, and games. The seniors are currently working on establishing a computer room where people can become more familiar with technology.
The center is run by volunteers and operates from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Seniors can take part in various activities, such as cards, dominoes, puzzles, ping-pong, and billiards. Sewing, quilting, and other hobbies take place daily at the center. Seniors also can take part in special activities, such as dinners that may feature educational speakers, various performers, and singing groups.
The York Senior Center has experienced tremendous growth since its opening. The center is “growing by leaps and bounds” and is “gaining more and more people everyday” states Jensen. With its continual growth, the center is a visual reminder of how York has become a better place to live for seniors.
York Senior Center
P.O. Box 30552
Lincoln, NE 68503
Rick Zubrod (DED Representative)
(402) 471-3762 • (800) 426-6505