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About Us

Mission

Enriching Lives, Supporting Independence.

 

Our Values, We Believe…


B
enevolence

We commit to follow the Golden Rule while being generous and giving of our time in doing good for others.


R
espect

Respect is earned. Therefore, we will treat people with dignity and strive to develop relationships through caring interactions.


I
ntegrity

We are passionate about keeping our word; saying what we are going to do and doing what we say.


C
ompassion

We are committed to lead with our heart and genuinely understand, feel and identify with the needs of those we serve.


K
indness

We treat those we serve with kind acts and understand that kindness evokes more kindness. We believe the more kindness that exists, the more harmony there is likely to be.

The organization was originally housed in the Anchor Community Center which was located on East Street. The first programs offered were Activities, Mobile Meals and Outreach. In 1972, we became a United Way agency. With a stable funding source, we were able to develop Chore Services, expand the existing programs and establish collaborative programs with other community agencies. 50 North was also able to grow in the number of enrichment activities offered to the senior population of Hancock County. In 1977, 50 North moved into its own building, a former church located at 423 Trenton Avenue in Findlay.
In 2002, the voters of Hancock County voted to expand 50 North services by passing the first Senior Services Levy. Perhaps one of the best examples of the great need and the impact of the Levy was our Chore Services program which saw a dramatic 631% increase in service hours in the first year of levy funding. The Levy also enabled 50 North to completely withdraw from United Way funding beginning in 2005, freeing up resources for other worthy United Way programs in our community. In 2007 the voters once again resoundingly voiced their support of our work to help area seniors by approving the continuation of the Levy by a nearly 60% affirmative vote.

In 2005, under the authority of the Hancock County Probate Court, we established the Volunteer Guardianship Program to recruit, screen, train and support volunteers willing to be appointed as guardians for individuals unable to manage their own living and health concerns. This was also the year that we brought the preparation of Mobile Meals in-house. Prior to then, the meals were prepared off-site which limited the number of seniors we could serve with this program.

Lunchtime at The Senior Center made a dramatic leap when we began our own senior café program in January of 2007. Up until this time, The Senior Center simply served as the dining room for a federally funded nutrition program coordinated by PSA-3 out of Lima. Under this program, food was prepared off-site and trucked over an hour to be served in our dining room by employees for the food contractor. An average of only 10-20 people took advantage of this program. Once our Senior Café program was established, attendance at lunch sky-rocketed and we now serve an average of 80-100 people per day and it’s not unusual for that number to surpass 200 for special occasions.

The Senior Café attendance explosion had a huge impact on demand for our services. As a result of dining with us, more seniors became aware of our others services, resulting in an increase for all of our services of nearly 35% by the end of the Café’s first year.

Driven by the growing senior population, the Senior Service Levy and the popularity of The Senior Café, the demands of The Senior Center and 50 North outgrew the 6,000 square foot capacity of the Trenton Avenue property. In early 2009, after more than 30 years on at its Trenton Avenue location, 50 Northand the administrative offices for the 50 North moved into its present home located at 339 E. Melrose Avenue in Findlay. The move came as the result of a wonderful opportunity which presented itself late in 2008. The local AmVets , who were seeking to downsize, negotiated with 50 North to effect an exchange of properties (and cash to offset the difference in property values). As the year ended, an agreement was reached demonstrating to the community our dedication to fiscal responsibility and ushering in a promising future for both organizations.

In 2011, the voters of Hancock County supported the Senior Services Levy by a resounding 73% . Our levy dollars are crucial and we would not be able to continue to offer the level of service to our area seniors and community. Our programs and services include the following: Chore Services, Outreach Services, Nutritional Services (mobile meals, senior café, and grocery delivery), Fitness Center, Group Exercise Classes, Wellness Programs/Screenings, Travel, Fellowship Activities, Educational Classes, Creative Expression Classes and Enrichment opportunities.

Last year, a grant from the Community Foundation allowed The Senior Center to conduct a Facility Usage Master Plan Strategy. As a result of the study, the following recommendations were made: Consider re-naming the organization, consider renovation of east side of the facility, conduct site visits to other senior centers, relocate the current fitness enter, consider renovations of the computer lab, library, and meeting spaces, address handicapped parking areas, consider the addition of a pool/therapy pool, enhance the outdoor area, explore adult day care options, partner with other organizations to provide livable communities, consider expansion of services such as valet parking, housekeeping, chore, grow relationships with retiree groups and service groups, engage in an architectural firm with experience in designing senior centers.

A Planning and Operations Committee was formed to address the recommendations above and identified the top 5 priorities from the list of recommendations: Renaming the Senior Center, Expansion of Services, Fitness Center Relocation, Enhancement of the Outdoor area, and renovate the East side of the Facility.

Three newly formed sub-committees (Needs Identification, Expansion and Financial, and Services Evaluation) are currently addressing and exploring the top five recommendations listed above.

AAA3-Area Agency on Aging 3 in Lima, Altrusa Club, Alzheimer’s Association, Area Assisted Living and Long Term Care Facilitities, Birchaven Village and Nursing Home-Blanchard Valley Health Association, Caughman Health Center, Century Health, CHOPIN Hall, Community Foundation, Dementia Coalition, Great Scot Community Markets, Halt Hunger Initiative-United Way of Hancock County, Hancock County Health Department, Hancock County Red Cross, Hancock Metropolitan Housing, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Habitat for Humanity-Findlay/Hancock County, HATS-Hancock Area Transportation Services, HHWP Community Action Commission, Findlay Rotary, Findlay City Mission, Owens Community College, University of Findlay: College of Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Capstone Accounting Class.

Our Facilities

Our spacious 22,000+ square foot facility located on 7.2 acres at 339 East Melrose Avenue in Findlay is a true blessing to our community. The Multipurpose rooms located on the building’s west side include: Marathon Senior Café, Younger Room and Fitzgerald Room. The multi-purpose activity space located on the building’s east side is home to our game area which features two billiards tables and Wii, as well as areas for socialization, card clubs, meetings, wellness services, our computer lab and a variety of other activities. Our kitchen and ample restrooms occupy the remainder of our first floor. The lower level contains Fitness Center, Wellness Room, Exercise Studio, and our professional office suite.

 

Three Pickle courts are located by our Outdoor Pavilion situated on approximately 3 acres of green space.

If you haven’t done so already, please stop by and visit us. We would love the opportunity to give you a tour and answer any questions you may have about our services and programs. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 419-423-8496 or email us.

Policies

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for the following services: Chores, Senior Café, Mobile Meals, Snow Removal, Lawn Mowing and the Fitness Center, for those whose income falls below a certain level. For more information regarding these scholarships or how to apply for one, please contact our Outreach Department at 419-423-8496 for assistance. Scholarship application click here.

Photography

Members may be photographed for marketing purposes by a staff member.  These photographs may appear in the Navigator quarterly newsletter, brochures or other publications. If you prefer not to have your picture taken, please inform the photographer.

Waiting Lists & Cancellations

If a program is full, members may join a waiting list.  If a program is cancelled, a check will be issued.

Code of Conduct

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