I can’t believe how fast time flies but my time at HIP is coming to an end. I will be leaving my role as Meal Program Coordinator on July 16th in order to move to Portland to be closer to friends and my community.
It’s been such a great pleasure cooking and serving meals for you all! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you all over the course of the year and will miss seeing everyone who comes to our meal service.
Despite it being a challenging year for so many of us, I’m so happy I got to spend it doing something I love and work with an amazing group of people, including everyone at Sound Generations, our amazing volunteers, and of course our seniors! Thanks for making my time with Lake City Seniors so special!
Join us June 8th at 1:00pm at the Bitter Lake Community Center for a North Seattle Senior HUB meet and Greet. This is in partnership with United Indians of All Tribes and the Wallingford Community Senior Center.
Lake City Seniors will have a table so please be sure to stop by and say hello! Hope to see you there.
Please give a warm Lake City welcome to the newest member of our team! Jennifer is taking on the role of Digital Equity Coordinator and is available to help with all your technology based needs. She will be available to do one-on-ones with participants and have designated drop in time that you can call or come to the Lamb of God church with your questions, concerns, and whatever else you might need.
She is also helping to run our technology program with Cyber Seniors. If you are interested in learning more about this program, how to get a device or anything else, please call 206-268-6738 and leave a message.
Jennifer is new to the team but, has worked with older adults for the past seven years in different capacities. Her background is in Music Therapy with a focus on older adults. For the past year, she has worked at a residential community in Seattle managing their activity programs and helping residents troubleshoot technology. She is excited to bring technological help to participants at Lake City Seniors
On Friday, November 27th we lost a precious soul and dear participant to our program. Benito was a regular participant of Lake City Seniors for years and was an instrumental figure in the Latinx group. He participated in various classes such as Bingo and Momentia events, volunteered his time to drive other participants to the Center, and was always giving out hugs and love to friends. He will be greatly missed by all and we were lucky to have him in our lives. Included are words from our staff.
Benito, thank you for having been here with us, sharing yourself with us. You left memories and laughter in our hearts. You will always be present and we will never forget a phrase that is so very yours, ” The sun is within you”. Rest in peace!!! -Martha
Benito was the type of person who consistently reminded me of why I do the work that I do. His effervescent personality and big heart brought joy into my life, and into the lives of others. Benito will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him, but will live on through our memories of him. He brought the feeling of community to our center and our lives. Rest in power, our dear friend. –Vedrana
We lost one of the good ones. I remember the day he first walked into our senior center. He was angry and upset about something and he sought some relief. He always said he was lucky to find our program, but I often wonder if we were lucky he found us. He was both complex and simple, which is why he was so compassionate. He could talk with anyone and always offered a smile or support. After talking with Benito, I always had a smile on my face. He was open about his early struggles with addiction and how he overcame them to find peace and happiness. This difficult journey served him well in his later years as he provided so boundless empathy, wisdom and support to others who were suffering. Rest in power Benito. – Akira
Benito’s hugs could make the most stressful days lighter and his smile was infectious. I always looked forward to seeing him, having a chat and listening to his wisdom; he had so much of it to share. He will be remembered for his kindness, laughter, and the light he carried inside of him. Thank you for showing it to us. –Emily
Benito always had something to give: Christmas chocolate, tamales, a box of zucchinis from the trunk of his car, a hug. He had a radiant personality that was sorely needed in an all too cloudy world. He’ll be deeply missed by anyone and everyone who had the chance to know him. –Darcy
Benito, you brightened up our lives with you light, you playfulness, and always, you kindness. I learned so much about generosity of spirit from you. Thank you for all the time and energy you shared with us. You are deeply missed. –Claudine