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Ava Senior Citizen's Center
109 NE 2nd Street
Ava, MO 65608
Phone: (417) 683-5712
Open: 8:00 am - 4:00 PM Weekdays
Meals served at 11:30 am
Closed on Holidays

What is the goal of the Ava Senior Citizens' Center?

  • To provide an organization where all citizens sixty years and older can find fellowship, support, and an opportunity to use their skills to serve others in the community
  • To organize a group of citizens who are devoted to developing the rights, interests, well being, and dignity of the older members of the community.
  • To encourage the spirit of self-help through the opportunity to be a volunteer in all the programs offered to the community by the participants, thus helping senior citizens maintain their independent status in society.
Easy to Find

The Ava Senior Center is accessible: just one block north of the square in Ava, at 109 NE 2nd Street. The Ava Senior Citizen's Center is the place in Ava where senior adults 60 years of age and older congregate every weekday for fun and fellowship, and well balanced nutritious meals. The charge is nominal, and no one is turned away because of inability to contribute.

An Opportunity to Care and Share

Volunteers of every age participate in all aspects of the programs and services of the center. They are the heart of all the efforts made to enhance the Ava community, making it a better place to live. Some serve as center board members, some deliver meals, some provide good neighbor transportation, and some do home visitation.
If you would like to be a part of this great community endeavor, call us today and share some of your time and talents in volunteer service. Let us help you refine your skills, helping us raise funds, and offer support to those who really need a friendly smile. We need you!

The Place to Be

The center's administrator is qualified to offer individuals current information about agencies and services available in Douglas County. Home visitation is offered to assist in assessing the needs of the frail elderly for help with housekeeping chores, nutritional concerns, or transportations to needed services. There is continuing care and attention to the well being of each individual with compassion and respect for their dignity and pride.
During tax season, free tax counseling and preparation is offered by IRS trained volunteers. Through the Silver Haired Legislation, elected representatives are educated about laws regarding aging issues and the legislative process.
Group entertainment and musical programs are offered throughout the year for all to enjoy. Classes for arts and crafts are offered periodically and participation is encouraged. There are three pool tables, several card tables and a reading room with a library available for everyone to enjoy a few hours of relaxation. There's something for everyone at our senior center!

A Meal.....and more

Nutrition is recognized as an important factor in the well being and productivity of the older citizens in the community. Five days a week a noon meal is served at the center. These meals are carefully prepared as approved by the Nutrition Project director of Southwest Missouri Office on Aging. Each meal provides 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance and is served in a congregate setting that helps to reduce the isolation, loneliness and apathy often encountered by senior citizens.
For those who are homebound, due to illness or incapacity and can no longer leave home to get to the center, we offer home delivered meals each week day noon brought by caring volunteers.
The Ava Senior Citizens' Center is more than a place where older Douglas Countians can obtain a good hot meal at a price they can afford. It is also a good social outlet where seniors can share experiences and interest, use their talents and expertise in various volunteer projects, and provide important, friendly support for one another.

Part of a Network

The Ava Senior Citizens' Center is one of 33 neighborhood multipurpose centers sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging (SMOA), a private, non-profit agency serving 17 counties in southwest Missouri since 1973. SMOA provides and coordinates services for persons 60 and older that will help them maintain their dignity and independence. Funding primarily from the Older Americans Act and contributions from the citizens of Douglas County.

What other activities are offered for older persons?

There are a number of supportive services available at the center for older people. County nurses are regularly scheduled to check blood pressures. In the fall a flu shot clinic is offered through arrangements with a local physician. A hearing aid advisor is available at regularly scheduled dates for assistance with problems of hearing. There are classes for exercise and opportunity for those who need to walk in our large basement, as well as exercise equipment available for use by all during the center's operating hours.

Services Available
Advocacy Education
Gatekeeper Governor's Silver Club
Health Screening Information & Referral
In-Home: Homemaker/Chore Nutition: Congregate/Home Delivered
Recreation Senior Employment
Senior Fitness Silver Haired Legislature
Tax Counseling Telephone Reassurance
Transportation Volunteer Opportunities: Meal delivery/dining room
fund raising/activity leaders
advisory council

All services are provided to citizens sixty or older on a contribution basis. No one may be denied participation because of inability to pay but all are encouraged to contribute an amount they can afford.








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