The Senior Citizens "Club" was organized on November 1st, 1966 with 7 members, meeting at Christ Episcopal Church. It was organized as an outgrowth of a Community Action Council initiative under Dr. Vivian Lewis and Maggie McKnight became the Founder/Director. In September of 1967 they opened their first thrift shop at 409 E. Main Street that formerly housed Greenes Shoe Repair owned by charter member Mrs. Eva Greene. Mrs. Maggie McKnight was instrumental in the growth of the senior center and became incorporated on 4-26-1968 as a non profit agency.
In 1968 Mrs. Edna McClelland was Program Chair, Mr. Dewey Jameson was the GASCC first Membership President and Mrs. Maggie McKnight was GASCC Coordinator. On January 1st, 1969 they moved downtown to the old Salvation Army building located at 90 S. Detroit Street. In less than 2 years time they outgrew this building and moved to 117 East Main Street in 1971, formerly Pattersons Appliances. In 1972 GASCC they found a home in the former Methodist Parsonage at 101 W. Second Street.
In 1975 The City of Xenia offered the seniors use of a house at 108 W. Second Street. $35,000 was raised by the senior center to remodel the house. This was 'home" to the seniors until a new 10,000 square foot building was built on the land of the old Central Junior High School. Naomi Trout, Executive Director since 1976, was instrumental in the opening of the brand new building located at 130 East Church Street. Mrs. Trout spent 27 years as Executive Director until 2003 when she retired and moved to California.
In 2003 Mrs. Judy Baker became the new Executive Director, and in 2017, under Judy's hard work and leadership, XARSC became a partner in the Xenia REACH Project along with the Xenia YMCA, Central State, Clark State and Kettering Health Network. REACH stands for: Recreation, Education, Activity, Community and Health. Ground was broken in 2018. The REACH Center opened Jan.2019.
WE HAVE SO VERY PROUDLY COME A LONG WAY IN XENIA!!
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XENIA ADULT RECREATION AND SERVICES CENTER (XARSC)
ADDRESS: 338 South Progress Drive in Xenia, Ohio 45385
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 937-376-4353
Open Monday - Friday from: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Executive Director: Judy A. Baker
XARSC - WHAT ARE WE?
XARSC is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. XARSC is a 1-stop resource for a variety of services for seniors 60 and older.
Information & Referrals, Meals on Wheels, Case Management, Public Benefits, Medicare Counseling, Energy Assistance Info, Medical/Non-Medical Transportation, Homemaker services. We are ALSO an organization that offers numerous socialization opportunities for seniors 50 and older. We want seniors to keep busy and find purpose in their lives. From trips to activities, transportation to outreach, XARSC's philosophy is to consider the whole person, whatever those needs are; Social, Recreational, Support Services & Transportation.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO HAVING A MEMBERSHIP TO XARSC?
Membership to XARSC is ONLY $25 per year for a single person and $40 per year for a couple. (An XARSC Membership runs from January thru December but you can join anytime) Your membership includes a monthly information packed newsletter mailed to your home, filled with everything that is happening at YOUR XENIA SENIOR CENTER. This newsletter includes the Monthly Directors Report by Judy Baker, the XARSC Daily calendar, program & class descriptions, special events, the daily Cafeteria menu, Volunteer opportunities, Upcoming trips & travel with XARSC, Support Services Information, Member birthdays & anniversaries, Contest info, Pool tourney & Euchre winners! BUT THERE'S MORE! Most classes and activities are FREE to MEMBERS! (Unless we have a paid instructor and members pay a reduced rate) Trip costs reduced for MEMBERS. MEMBERS can get their 11th full meal free in the Cafeteria.
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