The Center Is Closed; Our Mission Continues (Safer At Home)

On behalf of my entire team and the board of directors, we hope you are healthy and staying safe.

Thank you for your calls, notes, dues renewals and especially the donations. Please know we are addressing your individual questions as fast as we can. Email is the most reliable way to contact us since we are not coming into the office every day. We are very appreciative of your support and kindness as we strive to deliver on our mission promise to provide a safe place for older adults to be physically active and socially engaged.

The Broken Arrow Senior Center’s doors are closed, and the building is open only to staff and others by appointment. The lights are off, and it is eerily quiet. The silver lining is I haven’t been asked to adjust the thermostat in Centennial for more than two months.

There are no sounds of feet on the floor exercising. No strumming from guitars or ukuleles. The pool balls are put away. And the sound of dominoes moving across the table is nonexistent. And there have been no automobile accidents in the parking lot in more than two months.

We thank you for keeping us in your thoughts. It’s been challenging and exciting since we closed mid-March, trying to decide how to provide programs and services while keeping our members and staff safe.

Today, we have more than 55% of our program offerings available to view online – like exercise and fitness classes – or to participate in a Zoom teleconference call. We had eight members in the Creative Writing class that met last week on Zoom, and there’ve been hundreds of views of the line dance, yoga, Zumba, limited exercise, tai chi and Fitness for Ladies classes.

At the end of April, we had the awning at the front of the building replaced. No longer will you get wet under the awning, and, looking up, it doesn’t look like a planetarium anymore.

We’ve provided more than 520 meals for our members – a mixture of frozen meals and shelf-stable meals. And organizations like BA Rotary, Brookdale-Broken Arrow and Lefty’s restaurant have even provided fresh meals for our members. If you are interested in receiving meals, they are distributed every two weeks. You can download the nutrition application forms as well as new member paperwork at baseniors.org in the Nutrition and Membership sections. And you can contact Tulsa & Creek Counties Senior Nutrition at www.tccno.com or 918-835-4160 to get on the list.

Special thanks to the BA Police Department for helping make home deliveries for our members without transportation to get to the Center. The dedicated officers have helped 10 members get meals every week.

We’ve rescheduled our 30th annual Senior Health & Resource Fair for Aug. 14, and the Community Bunco Bash is June 26. We’ve reached out to all our advertisers and sponsors and contacted all new members to make sure they understand where our programs are listed. We’ve even been adding more than five new members a week – despite being closed. The building has been thoroughly cleaned. We’ve even completed our inventory and cleaned out our storerooms.

Even though the Center’s doors are closed for the time being, our mission continues through the efforts of our staff and activity leaders. They have been committed to inspiring you, as members of the Center, to stay engaged through these days of isolation. A variety of innovative ways for you to continue benefiting from your membership in the BA Senior Center are listed in this newsletter.

In the face of this challenge, we will be resilient. We will endure. We will take care of ourselves. We will help one another. And we will emerge from this time of uncertainty and upheaval with a chance to build a better future.

Stay safe my friends!