New Haven Senior Center - An asset to the community

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Ronald “Stub” McDonald (on right) was adamant about holding the basket of flowers.

New Haven, Mo. – The New Haven Senior Center has been a vital asset to the community for over 14 years, providing lunch, games, entertainment, and social interaction for senior citizens on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.

Thanks to the aspiration of three ladies and contributions from the community the Senior Center opened their doors in 1999, operating solely off of private donations.

Carol Rauth, Peggy Kopmann, and Florence Prouchet’s are the three individuals who have had a profound impact on the lives of countless people thanks to their work on establishing a Senior Center for New Haven.

Director of the Senior Center Carol Rauth said, “Initially we had applied for funding through the Division of Aging, which is how other senior centers are funded but there were no funds available.  We decided to go ahead and start, see what we could do with private contributions and support and the community really stepped in and continue to be a big supporter.  We do get some support from the United Way but the vast majority comes from the New Haven Community.”

Pictured is David Steiger

Rauth said, “There are a lot of seniors who are isolated because they can’t drive anymore, which we are able to provide bus transportation thanks to it being donated.

It gives them twice a week to get out with other people and mingle.

We have 48-50 people come out each day and I think it’s the companionship and socialization that really brings them out.”

Each day they provide some form of entertainment, twice a month have a pinochle tournament, play bingo each week, and for those who like sewing, there’s a quilt they work on, which then is raffled off to raise money.

Rauth said, “There are many others who donate their time helping serve lunch among little things like washing dishes or cleaning tables.  We are fortunate to have people willing to give up a few hours of their day.”

If you would like to make a contribution you can stop by the center on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 10:30 and 1 p.m.