ABOUT THE SUNSHINE CENTER
The Sunshine Center is a nationally accredited multi-service center where seniors can gather for a variety of recreational, social and educational programming.
The City of St. Petersburg's Sunshine Senior Center mission is to serve as a community focal point to enhance the quality of life of our citizens aged 50 and over.
The Sunshine Center offers a nice mix of small group activities such as arts and crafts, table tennis, creative writing, combined with large group activities like arthritis exercise classes, tai chi, yoga, Caribbean aerobics, and many other activities.
In addition to other support groups, the Center recently started an LBGT support group. In addition, we have a number of agencies that call the Sunshine Center home like the Guardian Group Services, Moore Medicare Options, Neighborly Care Network, and Kids n Kubs.
The resources and activities available at this center help many older people remain a vital part of their communities. The center provides a welcoming environment for all seniors in the community interested in taking part in the group atmosphere.
The Sunshine Center would love to have you come visit and join in the fun.
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Sunshine Senior Center participants know how to have fun. With programs for adults and seniors, the center has plenty of activities to enjoy.
What Does the Future Look Like?
Sunshine Center staff have been in close contact throughout our quarantine with the Florida Association of Senior Centers, National Council on Aging, National Institute of Senior Centers and Florida Council on Aging. We’ve also had several conference calls with other senior centers to see what they are doing and planning.
Some centers are posting live Facebook classes.We have Ronnie’s popular arthritis class on YouTube. Some are sending seniors packages filled with coloring pages, crayons, word search, etc. We did so in August, thanks to the donations from the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco/Pinellas. We feel our phone calls have been helping a great deal to keep us in touch with our participants who want to receive them. We have about ten people (staff and volunteers) making these calls weekly. We have also been sending a wonderful e-blast to our newsletter subscribers and others who have asked for it. This e-blast, put together by Carrie L. and Carole, has resources and helpful information to seniors. A few staff stepped in to help deliver Meals on Wheels when the on-site Neighborly Care Network needed volunteers. We are still supplying folks with incontinent supplies, when we have them.
We are following the protocol that our City has put together to keep everyone safe from COVID-19, particularly for our vulnerable seniors. Some of these new changes at the Sunshine Center will include:
Having trained staff and volunteers clean equipment and center areas after each shift;
Training participants to safely use restrooms;
Opening the Sunshine Center, with social distancing in place and masks on.
No use of equipment like thera-bands, weights, etc, or participants can bring their own;
Pre-registration on all classes and the fitness center;
Café may be delayed opening or take out only.
We cannot wait until it is safe enough to open our doors to a fully operational senior center. We miss our participants so much. We are like a family here. Check the City of St. Petersburg website for more information at www.stpete.org. I know you miss us, and our staff misses you ALL! Stay safe and healthy!
Sunshine Center Supervisor