Nezperce Senior Center
The Nezperce Senior Citizen organization was started in 1975 to provide meals, entertainment and services to area seniors. Meals are provided twice a week at no cost to seniors. A small donation is asked for anyone else wishing to eat at the Senior Center.
Meals currently are being served at the Legion Hall, 420 Maple St., and delivered to home-bound residents Mondays and Thursdays. Weekly menus are posted in the Lewis County Herald, which is available at The Only Store. Business meetings are held once a month and officers are elected annually. Entertainment – such as music, pinochle and bingo – is provided occasionally.
SENIORS’ LENDING SHED:
To make arrangements for borrowing, returning or donating items, contact Lori Bradley at 208-550-1507. Leave a message if no one answers.
Items available are:
Toilet seats & raisers
Shower & bathtub aids (i.e. tub safety handles)
Boots in medium & large
Adult disposable diapers
Items are free of charge to anyone who needs them. When no longer needed, please return them promptly and in good shape. The Lending Shed welcomes gently used donations.
FIT & FALL PROOF EXERCISE CLASSES: These classes are no longer offered in Nezperce, but anyone interested may call Kate Wilson at the Public Health Idaho North Central District at 208-799-0379. Classes are available in Kamiah, Cottonwood and other surrounding towns.
History of the Senior Center:
In the beginning, there were 49 charter members. The first meetings started with potluck dinners and pinochle. 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.
After unsuccessfully trying to negotiate a lease with other groups, the 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. Unfortunately, the center is currently being remodeled, so meals are being served at the Legion Hall.
The Senior Center has been used for weddings, receptions, birthday celebrations, family dinners, bridge clubs, garden clubs, etc. It is rented for a nominal fee.
The Seniors are very proud of the center and they owe a debt of gratitude to all persons who have so freely given of their money, materials and talents to make this center a lasting legacy for Nezperce.
The sanctuary of the church is now an auditorium for plays, meetings and other events.