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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: The nsc enhances the lives of the 50+ community by providing resources and opportunities for growth in body, mind and spirit. The nutrition and fitness programs provide opportunities to improve or maintain physical health. A variety of educational and social opportunities help to stimulate mental activities. Social opportunities support a general sense of wellbeing. The transportation program allows the less able to access the many programs and services available.

Programs: The education and recreation programs at the nsc provide a broad range of physical and recreational opportunities. There are a variety of options including: a therapeutic pool, fitness center, exercise classes such as armchair exercise, jazzercise, zumba, yoga, strength training, and dancing. All programs are tailored to the needs of the 50+ population. Some programs are offered free to members and scholarships are available. The recreation offerings range from billiards, table tennis, shuffleboard and horseshoes to a very wide range of card games and board games. One of the most important aspects to all of the programming is the ability to avoid isolation and interact with other individuals who may have common interests and life experience. The center offers educational programming on a broad range of topics: computer classes, art, writing, poetry, bible study, book groups, discussion groups, philosophy and much more. Many of the classes are taught by volunteer instructors who have a wealth of experience and a passion for their subject. The center also features many local business people for presentations that are pertinent to our members. The center is a wonderful community center that services individuals throughout the region.

the food service program at the newark senior center serves both the homebound in our community through our meals on wheels program and the members who are able to come to the center through our midday meal. The meals on wheels program allows many individuals to age in place in their homes and neighborhoods. More than 30,000 meals are delivered each year by volunteers. The volunteers provide not only a meal, but also a caring and concerned visitor each day. In many cases a referral is made to other social services that may be available to assist the individual. 80% of our clients report some economic relief because of the meal program and before receiving mow 100% of our clients did not eat a nutritionally balanced diet each day. The meal provides 1/3 of the nutritional requirements. The midday meal program provides a wide selection of freshly prepared items at a very modest cost. The meals are prepared on the premises by our food service staff. Each day a variety of salads, sandwiches, soups and an entree are served. More than 35,000 midday meals are served each year to the community. The meal provides an affordable nutrition option, but also a wonderful opportunity for socialization.

the social service and transportation programs at nsc provide a safety net for many individuals. The social services program provides options for counseling, case management, and offers presentations and screening that are pertinent to the 50+ community. The social services function is used by many in the greater newark area who are not members of the nsc. The nsc is also home to one of four caregiver resource centers throughout the state. The program establishes an atmosphere of trust, caring and sensitivity, provides support, effective services, accurate information and makes referrals to appropriate agencies for the elderly, their families and caregivers, always with an emphasis on the independence and dignity of those who seek our services. The transportation program provides door to door services to those who would probably otherwise be home-bound. Once at the nsc, individuals have access to the many programs, services, and activities available. The transportation program allows hundreds of members each year to continue to age in the community, prolongs independence and greatly increases the opportunity for socialization.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Newark Senior Center is a gem in the community! Over 4,000 members strong, this center has an exceptional staff and wonderful facility. Something for everyone -- 50 years young and older are all welcome for the annual fee of $30. Come and enjoy fitness activities, trips, meals, classes, and more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is well run and has a wonderful director and staff. They provide a wide variety of programs and events for senior citizens with many different interests. It is a fun place to hang out with plenty of things going on. The membership is very reasonable and it is the place to meet people.