PICTURES TELL A WONDERFUL HISTORY of OUR CENTER!
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Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center
338 South Progress Drive Xenia, Ohio 45385
Open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Executive Director: Judy A. Baker
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XARSC is a one stop resource for a variety of services for seniors 60 and older.
Information and referrals, Meals on Wheels, Supportive Services, Public Benefits,
Medicare Counseling, Medical and Non Medical Transportation, Homemaker services.
It is 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.
THE 50+ YEAR HISTORY OF THE GOLDEN AGE SENIOR CENTER
The Senior Citizens "Club" was organized on November 1st, 1966 with 7 members, meeting at Christ Episcopal Church. It was organizedas an outgrowth of a Community Action Council initiative under Dr. Vivian Lewis and Maggie McKnight became the Founder/Director. In September of 1967 we opened our 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 we became incorporated on April 26th, 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 we moved downtown to the old SalvationArmy building at 90 S. Detroit Street. In less than 2 years time we outgrew this building and moved to 117 East Main Street in 1971, formerly Pattersons Appliances. In 1972 GASCC then found a homein 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 at 130 East Church Street, andopened in 1981 under the leadership of Executive Director Naomi Trout. Mrs. Trout spend 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 and the new REACH Center opened January 2019.