Starting Monday, senior citizens in the Scotlandville area will have a second home; the Greater King David Baptist Church opened a community center for its citizens 60 and over. Our Emily Turner was there for the facility’s grand opening.
Yvonia Guilbeau has been sick for three years. Doctors didn’t think she would live but now, “I’m back out and ready to mix.” Guilbeau isn’t the only senior citizen in the Greater King Baptist Church ready to be more active. Members of the church have been yearning for a place to get together other than service on Sundays. Monday, their prayers were answered. The ribbon cutting ceremony held Monday morning marked the grand opening of the Greater King David Senior Center. It’s wonderful news to 73-year-old Julia Philips. After suffering a stroke in June, she hasn’t been able to drive. The new center is located right around the corner from her home. “I can do something without having to ask my kids to pick me up and take me and I can stay as long as I want.”
The facility will be open from 9-1 Monday through Friday and a hot meal will be provided daily, as well as activities like Bingo and group exercise. It is free of charge, not just to the senior citizens of the church, but for the entire community.
The area already boasts 12 senior centers; a new one is expected to be opened in a few weeks right near Perkins Road and Essen Lane.