Saturday, December 2, 2023

Timberland Anywhere Library

The Timberland Library comes to the Senior Center on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  They have a story time for toddlers and young children.  You can order books to have them brought to the Senior Center and bring back books you've borrowed.  

"Just a reminder that Anywhere Library is scheduled to be at your location on Wednesday December 6th from 11:30-1PM (plus set up and tear down). We'll do storytime at 11:30 and then have the Anywhere Library open from 12-1".

Some services they offer include: Books by mail program, Libby e-books & e-audiobooks and other electronic services, our Hands-on-Children's Museum mobile memberships, Discover passes for checkout and items available through our Library of Things.  

Children under 5 are welcome to get free books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.  Ask for information on how to have them delivered to your home every month.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

December 2023 Lunch Menu

We're having a Potluck for our Christmas party on December 20, 2023.  The Senior Center is providing ham with scalloped potatoes on the side.  

  If you bring something, you don't need to pay for lunch.  We're also having a white elephant gift exchange.  Please bring a gift if you want to receive a gift.  Gifts for either man, woman or either.  Gifts under $10.00 value. 

Rocky Graham Fundraiser Dinner December 15. 2023

 Pat Cooley came into the Senior Center Monday and let us know that Rocky was seriously injured in a car accident.  He is in Harborview Hospital.  Both of his feet are broken.  He is  self employed and his wife is a stay at home mother.  This accident has been a terrible hardship on their family, emotionally, financially and psychologically.  

Valley Heart Church is going to host a fundraising meal for them.  There is a Go Fund Me page for them, also.  We will have a donation bin at the front desk to help their family also.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Lawn & Home Repair Service

 George and I found and ad about this Lawn & Home Repair Service on the We Love Rainier WA Facebook Page, so we had Dylan come out and work in our yard yesterday.  He did a great job and was reasonably priced.  We thought he did a great job.  He asked questions to make sure he did what we needed the way we wanted it done.  

He has a Thanksgiving special, so he did a complete lawn care for us for under $150.00.  We recommend him, if you need any work done.  He just started his business a few months ago.  He brings his own equipment.  (We did not have him edge our lawn, as we don't have that type of yard.)

Sunday, November 26, 2023

New Floor in the Senior Center Kitchen!

 A Special Thank you to the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound for their grant that provided us with a much needed new floor in our kitchen.  We couldn't have done this without their help.

We purchased the flooring at LL Flooring in West Olympia.  The flooring was installed by Sheldon Flooring Systems.  

You will see in the before and after photos that the old floor was coming up in several areas.  Many of our volunteers have had hips and knees replaced.  Others have arthritis.  We were tripping on these areas and it was a liability.  Replacing the flooring is greatly appreciated by all of us who work in the kitchen.  Now it's safe, easier to clean and sanitize.

Thank you Community Foundation of South Puget Sound!

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

November 2023 Menu

The Senior Center of Rainier building will be closed for repairs November 9-11th.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, October 23, 2023

A Special "Thank You" to the Nisqually Indian Tribe 2023!

On behalf of the Senior Center of Rainier we want to express our sincere gratitude to the Nisqually Indian Tribe for their generous grant of $5,000.  This grant played a pivotal role in enhancing our emergency preparedness efforts and acquiring a much-needed commercial freezer.

The Nisqually Indian Tribe's support was invaluable to use and we are deeply appreciative of their commitment to our community's safety and well-being.  With the grant funding we were able to bolter our emergency preparations, ensuring that we can respond effectively to unforeseen challenges and emergencies.

The acquisition of a commercial freezer was a significant step forward for our organization.  It not only expanded our capacity to store and distribute food to those in need but also contributes to our sustainability initiatives.  This appliance allows us to better serve our community and minimize food waste, making a positive impact on the lives of those we support.

Their investment in our mission was more that a financial contribution; it's a demonstration of trust and partnership.  We look forward to keeping everyone updated on the progress of our emergency preparedness efforts.

Once again, we send out a special "Thank You" to the Nisqually Indian Tribe for their generosity and commitment to our community.  Their support makes a lasting difference in the lives of those we serve!

We now have 10 cots, blankets, shower and shelf stable food.
 We have 10 portable     cots, a portable shower and shower pan, 25 soft blankets, 24 emergency blankets, lots of shelf stable food and towels.  

The City of Rainier has supplied us with an emergency radio.  We do radio checks once a month. 

We are open as a heating and cooling shelter in inclement weather.

We have 3 ductless heating & cooling  heat pumps.  

Our utility bill was under $200 for the first time in months and months.  

Right after we received the grant from the Nisqually Indian Tribe, we were told about a grant for a grant for Solar Power with Battery Back-up.

We applied for this grant.  We knew that Dollar General had to 
delay opening because of the power situation in Rainier, so we applied for the grant.  We encouraged Rainier Chapel and Valley Heart Assembly of God Church to apply, also, as they are both designated emergency shelters, along with the Senior Center of Rainier.  We all found out we were approved for Track 1 of the grant process in the end of August. 

We weren't sure until then what our grant status was.  Our situation changed with that news.

We ordered our first commercial freezer on August 25, 2023.  It fell through.  Our second freezer on September 9th.  It fell through.  We went to Costco, but they don't deliver to Rainier and had merchandizing freezers.  We needed a commercial freezer to be Health Department compliant.  

This freezer was ordered from Restaurant Equippers in Ohio.  It was delivered a week after it was ordered.  What a blessing.

It replaces 3 chest freezers and one upright freezer.  Our utility bills have dropped dramatically.

Our freezers and refrigerators are all close together, so we can keep them running with a portable generator in an emergency.  Before we had 2 chest freezers in our dining room and one in the hallway by the side entrance.  I don't know how we would have keep our frozen food safe in an extended power outage.

We are grateful and appreciate the Nisqually Indian Tribe's help the Senior Center of Rainier! You have made a tremendous difference in the lives of our senior citizens and the volunteers who work in our kitchen.  Thank you!  We couldn't have done it without your help!

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Medicare Open Enrollment Presentation October 25, 2023


Medicare's Open Enrollment Presentations in Thurston County October 2022

Medicare's Open Enrollment Presentations

at the Senior Center of Rainier October 25, 2023

Elizabeth will make her presentation at 11:30 AM

We're open from 10 AM - 2 PM.  We serve soup at 11:30 AM and lunch at noon.  Lunch is "Spaghetti" on Wednesday, October 25th.  Lunches are $5.00 for members, $7.00 for non-members.  (Members can purchase lunch cards for $25.00 for 6 meals at the front desk).  

To make an appointment for a personal consultation Contact:

Elizabeth Thunstedt, MBA
Licensed Insurance Broker
Insurance Answers Washington
Phone:  (253) 226-0806
Fax"  (360) 252-6509

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Georgia Brewer Celebration of Life

Georgia Brewer passed away last month. Her family is holding a "Celebration of Life" for her at the Senior Center on the afternoon of October 29, 2023. Seniors and friends are welcome.  

Georgia was an active member of the Senior Center for many, many years.   She was an avid BINGO player and won often.  She started a holiday cookie exchange at the Senior Center. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.   She is loved and missed.Georgia Brewer passed away last month. Her family is holding a "Celebration of Life" for her at the Senior Center on the afternoon of October 29, 2023. Seniors and friends are welcome.  

Georgia was an active member of the Senior Center for many, many years.   She was an avid BINGO player and won often.  She started a holiday cookie exchange at the Senior Center. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.   She is loved and missed.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Senior Center Building Use Agreement

  Below is a copy of the Building Use Agreement for the Senior Center of Rainier.

Please keep in mind that many groups use our building on a regular basis.  These groups have priority.  (Arrangements are already made for these groups).

  • Prairie Point Quilters Guild
  • AA
  • Timberland Library
  • We Love Rainier WA
  • Girl Scouts
  • STEDI Breakfasts
    • Hallway between Library & Dining Room

      Library facing north (right)

      Library facing north side (left)

      Library in alcove

      Library - stairway to upstairs 

      Library west wall area

      Library south wall (Right) by front door

      Library south wall (Left) by front door

      Library room - facing south wall

      Library - facing east wall

      Library facing northeast

      Dining room facing southeast

      Dining room facing west wall -
      looking from the Library

      Dining room - showing mini food bank

      Kitchen showing 3 sink, hand sink & dishwasher

      South wall in kitchen facing dining room

      Kitchen showing side-by-side fridge

      Kitchen showing dish cupboard

      Kitchen showing both stoves and spice cupboard

      Kitchen - metal table in center facing both stoves

      Kitchen - wall with counter that's facing the dining room

      2nd bathroom by side enterence

      1st bathroom by side enterence

      Dining room facing the kitchen (North)

      Dining room facing the West wall.

      Dining room facing the Library

      East wall in dining room from side entrance.

      East wall in dining room from hallway to Library