‘The heart of the community’
The Dunmore Senior Center’s Mission is to provide older area residents with services and programming designed to encourage healthy aging and maintain independence, while promoting an increased awareness of the dignity of older individuals throughout the community.
Our Vision is to create an environment that will be consistently recognized as the premier provider of innovative and progressive programs that enrich the lives of the increasing population of older residents in our community.
Perfectly situated in the heart of the borough, the Dunmore Senior Center is one of the largest and most active facilities in Lackawanna County.
Our Activities include Oil Painting, Gentle Yoga, Movie Club, Beginner Guitar, Drawing, Bible Study, Lunch-Out Group, Community and Educational Speakers, Chorus, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ballroom Dance Class, Seasonal Crafts, Golf Putting, Wii games, Chair Massage, Gardening, Card Games, Bus Trips, Intergenerational Activities, Live Entertainment and Picnics as well as many volunteer opportunities. Occasionally, we also play Bingo.
We are the only Center to offer a Choice-Meal Program giving all participants an opportunity to choose from two wonderful entrées each day, one provided by DePietro’s Catering and the other prepared fresh on site.
Our activities are open to all adults in the community, with class preference and fee discounts given to those over 55. Our lunch program is free with a suggested donation to all residents over 60 years of age, or available to their guests for a nominal donation of $5.
The Dunmore Senior Center is open daily at 9am., afternoon hours vary up to 4pm.
For more information please call 207-2662 ext. 2 to speak to the Executive Director.
Email: [email protected]
Our mission is to provide older area residents with services and programming designed to encourage healthy aging and maintain independence, while promoting an increased awareness of the dignity of older individuals throughout the community.
To create an environment that will be consistently recognized as the premier provider of innovative and progressive programs that enrich the lives of the increasing population of older residents in our community.
To respect the dignity of all older residents of the area
Honesty, hard work, tolerance, understanding/empathy
To appreciate the life experiences of older persons
To value the work of volunteers and staff
In the spring of 1984 a group of concerned citizens gathered together to develop a place where senior citizens could enjoy a meal together and learn new skills. These Founders ~ Adeline Michalek, Naomi Harris, Carmel Arnone, Jenny Figliomeni and Gerry Conway ~ formed a committee to perform an assessment of needs.
A pilot study was given to 128 senior citizens in Dunmore to determine if they felt a senior center was needed. Of those surveyed, 110 answered positively and signed up to become members of the proposed center.
A committee was also formed to determine if a center was economically feasible. A fundraising drive was held that raised enough funds to carry the fledgling agency through its start-up costs. The committee determined that the community along with other funding sources would be able to finance the operation.
The third task was to determine what programs the agency would provide. The study revealed the need for both nutrition as well as activities. Nutritional meals were contracted thorough Meals on Wheels of Lackawanna County. The study further suggested that eight programs would initially be provided: Bingo, Quilting, Ceramics, Cards, Dancing, Arts and Crafts, Oil Painting, and Bowling.
Parts of this History were reprinted with permission from a professional contribution to Marywood University by Charles Frushon.
President: Gerald Skettino
Vice President: Todd LaBelle
2nd. Vice President: Atty. Brenda Colbert
Treasurer: Joseph Loftus
Secretary: Cathy Wechsler
Past President: Lou Paciotti
Members with Honorable Standing
(For outstanding years of service)
The Dunmore Senior Center’s Site Council serves as a liaison between the participants and the Executive Director. They oversee the annual Senior Membership Campaign and are responsible for multiple fundraisers that provide most of the purchases needed for the center’s daily operations. Additionally, the Council President reports directly to the Board of Directors.
The Site Advisory Council’s contribution to the Dunmore Senior Center is invaluable.
Dunmore Senior Center Site Advisory Council Members 2017
President: Fred Battaglia
Vice President: Carmella Iannetta
Treasurer: Carl Gammaitoni
Secretary: Shirley Martinelli
Sunshine Coordinator: Kay Harris