The Whitney Senior Center Is a Blessing to the People of St. Cloud

By: Sonia Eizenhoefer 0 Comments   8/15/2011

The Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud has a lot to offer people over 55. When one retires from work it might be the perfect place for them to plug in again. It is important for people to remain connected to others once retired and the WSC is a great place to do this.

The WSC is a spacious place with many things to offer. There are classes with a wide variety of topics from learning a language to writing or computers and anything in between. There are crafts with art ,ceramics, or quilting among others. Support groups are also available ranging from many different topics along with card game groups. There is even a wood shop for those who enjoy wood work.

The main focal point for many who attend WSC is the dinner at 11:30 am. It is a place with good food and an opportunity to connect with others. Along with the meal there is piano or organ music for everyone to enjoy (they offer meals-on-wheels for those who are unable to attend). Another focal point is exercise. There is a walking track and an exercise room for the seniors to use as well as different exercise classes.

It began in 1977 and their mission statement is: Whitney Senior Center is committed to helping expand minds, through lifelong learning because education begins at birth and continues long after retirement. I love the fact that simply because a person ages doesn’t mean that life is over. They can still learn and engage in life. Those blessed with age have alot to offer the proceeding generations.

I think it is time we acknowledged those in their last season of life. We need to honor them with our time and attention. After all we will grow old too and as fast as time is going by it won’t be long before we are retired and want to give our time and insight to the next generation. As it says in God’s word:

Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches (Galatians 6:6 NKJ).

I never knew of all of the wonderful things offered for the older generation at the WSC until I worked there through the Wacosa Senior Program. The program I worked for with seniors is located inside WSC and it was such a blessing to work for the seniors. They appreciate everything you do and are so grateful for it. I felt like I could finally bear the fruit of the spirit. In Galatians it says;

But the fruit of the Spiritis love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law (Gal. 5:22-29 NKJ).

Working with the older generation taught me so many things, for example, how to serve. I discovered how much joy one can receive while serving, it really is better to give than to receive. I also learned how to enjoy the simple things of life. We really do need to slow down a little and enjoy it, to stop and smell the roses. Another area I loved was the atmosphere, it was so accepting.

I also had the opportunity to work for the WSC by instructing English as a New Language and I volunteered to lead a couple of sessions on reminiscence. Both experiences were very rewarding.

There is an incredible opportunity at this senior center for ministry if you feel called to work with this age group. One could teach, lead a group, or share their talent with crafts. It would be through the Third Age University at the WSC. There are also opportunities for those over 55 to volunteer through WSC.

I’ve heard that the center in St. Cloud is the best one in the state of Minnesota because they have so much to offer and it’s larger than most senior centers. I’m glad our city honors its elders and those blessed with age.

Try visiting on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. They give guided tours and an orientation. There are so many things offered, too many to mention here, I’m sure there will be something for you take pleasure in.

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