By Chris Ledman
On Saturday Feb. 4 love was in the air along with the smell of a scrumptious breakfast at the Roderick Senior Citizens Center Sweetheart Breakfast.
A record crowd was served a tasty breakfast at the center’s monthly fundraiser breakfast. In this time of uncertain funding, this fundraiser provides financial support for the services supplied by the center for seniors and all members of the Hayfork community.
Helen Stone, the executive director at the center, said a crowd of 81 showed up for breakfast bringing in over $700, an increase of $400 more than their usual monthly breakfast fundraiser. The breakfast consisted of eggs done your way, ham, sausage, bacon, hashed browns and a waffle or a blueberry pancake. Fresh coffee and orange juice were also available. Stone moved to Hayfork 10 years ago, and became the executive director of the center just last year.
A special added menu item was a sparkling wine. Lisa and Evan Barrows of Hayfork offered tastings of their Ginger carbonated wine as a special treat. Both Barrows are retired teachers who moved to Hayfork 13 years ago, and started this venture. Lisa Barrows said their wine, Curvy Roads Kegged Wine, is for sale at the Hayfork Family Dairy Store.
A fundraising breakfast is held on the first Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. for a price of $8 and is open to everybody. Lunch is available, Monday through Friday at a cost of $8 for the under 60 crowd, and $5 for the 60 and over. Take-out lunches are available and home delivery is available for those 60+ for an additional 25 cent delivery charge. Seniors can contact the center and have the van and van driver pick them up if they have a Doctor’s appointment or just have errands to run.
Trinity County’s newly elected supervisor, Bobbie Chadwick was in attendance.
“The Senior Center is a great place for everybody to socialize,” she said. “The center is in a great location, close to everything, right in the middle of town.”
Chadwick has been active in volunteer work in Hayfork since 1999.
For over 25 years Martha Beymer has been helping seniors understand the Medicare Program at the Center. Every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Beymer is available to help seniors sign-up for Medicare, explain the program and advocate for you if you are having problems.
Beymer said she was trained by the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and said “I love working with the seniors in our community.”
Beymer is also the manager of the Roderick Thrift Store, located next door to the Center. The Thrift Store not only raises funds for the center but a great place to pick up everything from clothes to books at ridiculously low prices. Beymer said that donations of any kind are welcome and please drop them off Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. One of six volunteers there will be glad to provide you a receipt for your donation.
Other fun events at the center that are open to everyone is bingo held twice a month on the first and third Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. with Marathon bingo every other month on the fourth Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., the next one to be held on Feb. 25. Every Tuesday and Friday at 11 a.m. exercise classes are held.
One very important offering by the center is ground and air ambulance insurance. If you or your family needs to be taken to the hospital by ambulance the cost is around $3,500 for ground and can be up to $7,500 by helicopter. The center has negotiated a policy with two firms that offer this coverage for $60 per household. Anyone in the Hayfork community can sign up for this policy, with or without a senior, under the center’s umbrella policy. This is needed protection for everyone in a rural community.
The Trinity County Economic and Demographic Profile 2014 reports that 61.7 percent of the 13,443 residents of Trinity County are age 40 or over and 20.1 percent are 65 or over. Both percentages are 10 percent higher than the California average. The 24/7 Wall St. financial news website has identified that Trinity County has the lowest household income in California. These factors make fundraising difficult for the center with an increasing number of seniors who need services.
The center is a not for profit organization that depends on donations to keep providing services. They have some immediate needs of a new swamp cooler, sidewalk, security cameras and much more. You can send check donations to PO Box 723, Hayfork, 96041. You can also drop off donations at the center from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Monday through Friday, located at 90 Coral Ave. in Hayfork. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Center at 530-628-4692 or visit their Facebook Page at Roderick Senior Citizens Center.