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Nezperce Senior Center

SENIOR CENTER


The Nezperce Senior Citizen organization was started in 1975 to provide meals, entertainment and services to area seniors. Meals are provided at a low cost to seniors and occasionally visiting family members.

Meals are served twice a week, Monday and Thursday. Weekly menus are posted in the Lewis County Herald and on the Nezperce City web site calendar. Business meetings are held once a month and officers are elected annually. Entertainment – music and/or bingo - is provided occasionally. Also, during the winter, senior exercise classes are held. Pinnacle is played on Saturday evenings during the Fall, Winter and Spring months.

Fit & Fall Proof Classes are a 10-week program (starting this year on Monday, September 30) that will improve your strength and balance. Classes are taught by trained volunteers and are free of charge. They will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m, before the Senior Meal.

Also, there is a Seniors’ Lending Shed. Items available are:

  • A variety of crutches
  • Wheel chairs
  • Toilet seats
  • Shower and bathtub aides

In the beginning there were 49 charter members. The first meetings started with potluck dinners and Pinochle as a popular game. With the help of Area Agency on Aging in Lewiston, they began meeting at the Nezperce Hotel where a dinner was served. The next step was to rent the Christian Church basement and hire a cook. This was an excellent place, except they were limited on their activities…. no dancing, no cards, and no Bingo.

The Seniors tried unsuccessfully to negotiate a lease with the Grange, Fair Board, or American Legion to use one of their halls with the Seniors paying for the remodeling to comply with government regulations on serving Seniors.

The present Senior Center finally found a home. The Brethren Church, built in 1912, was an active church for many years. The Assembly of God bought the Church and held services until the membership declined. They gave the church to the City of Nezperce. The basement area became the new home for the Seniors. The remodeling came in two phases, with grants of $89,140 and $81,750.

With much donated labor and materials, the Nezperce Senior Center is now a beautiful facility with a light, airy dining and multipurpose room. The kitchen has birch cabinets, a dishwasher, two cook stoves, two refrigerators, and two freezers, all for the convenience of serving meals twice a week.

The Senior Center has been used for weddings, receptions, birthday celebrations, family dinners, bridge clubs, garden clubs, etc. It is rented for a very nominal fee.

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