Pt. Defiance-Ruston Senior Center

55 and Older Communities Tacoma

Senior Center Brochure

The Pt. Defiance-Ruston Senior Center, operated by Franke Tobey Jones, a senior housing community in Tacoma, Washington, since 1998 is a community gathering place. Participants age 55 and older can join in fun events and activities, stay active and healthy, make new friends and share experiences with other seniors in the community.

The center is also a Catholic Community Services meal site, offering hot, nutritious meals Monday through Thursday for a suggested donation of $3. Lunch time at the center is a time of gathering together and camaraderie.


Essential services are provided at the Center, including: on-site dining and nutrition program, foot care, hearing services, blood pressure checks, a senior wellness program, income tax assistance, AARP Driver Safety programs, volunteer opportunities, informational lifestyle speakers and much more.


Many activities occur daily at the center, including wellness/exercise classes, pottery, yoga, massage, educational and cultural classes, chorus, arts and crafts, tai chi, games, bridge and pinochle, line dancing, parties and special events with fabulous entertainment and much more. Whether you are living in a senior assisted living apartment or an independent home at our senior housing community in Tacoma, Washington we have something for everyone to enjoy.


To deliver quality services that promote growth and independence among older adults in Tacoma and surrounding communities. We pursue this mission with the belief that seniors are valuable members of the community who benefit from comprehensive educational, informational, cultural, civic and social programming.

Center Goals

  • Provide a strong, active and innovative Center that engages community participants and community partnerships
  • Design activities, classes and events to enhance quality of life and promote overall well-being
  • Support healthy nutritional and wellness habits
  • Inform and encourage members to be proactive in their own lives and in the community

Please call us at 253-756-0601 for more information, or stop by and say hello. All are welcome!

The Pt. Defiance-Ruston Senior Center is located at 4716 N. Baltimore Street, just a mile away from the Franke Tobey Jones campus. The center is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm. October through April, the Center is also open on Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00 pm.

Meals are provided at noon Monday through Friday (plus Saturdays October through April) for a suggested donation of $3 weekdays/$5 Saturdays. Sign up by Thursday at 1:00pm for Friday meals, sign up by Friday at 1:00 for Saturday meals. Catholic Community Services provides the meals Monday through Thursday and Franke Tobey Jones provides the meals on Friday and Saturday.

Travel in 2020!

Are you interested in travel!  The Point Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center has some great travel opportunities!  Now is the time to jump on board!

            Rhine River Cruise

            Historical Cuba

            Washington DC

            Alaska Cruise


April 2020  – Cuba

This will be an 8 day trip that will include 16 meals and amazing cultural and historical experiences.


May 16, 2020 –  Alaska Cruise

Alaska Cruise – Holland America Flyer

Depart Seattle for an amazing 7-day Alaska cruise on Holland America’s Signature-class ship, the Eurodam.  We will visit Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, cruise scenic Stephens Passage and visit the glaciers at Glacier Bay before heading to Victoria and then returning to Seattle. 


September 2020 –  Rhine River Cruise

Join us as we catch a flight to Amsterdam where we board our ship for a 7-night cruise along the Rhine River.  We can experience the sounds of barrel organs and medieval instruments at Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett, tour Rüdesheim and much more.  This cruise includes an array of amenities including outside staterooms, unlimited wine with every dinner and daily onboard musical performances. 


October 8, 2020 –  Washington, D.C.

Travel to Washington, D.C. where you will discover the celebrated history of America’s capital, stop at the WWII Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.  You can choose between a visit to the treasures of the Smithsonian Institution with a visit to the National Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of American History.  Visits also include the Arlington National Cemetery and a narrated tour that takes you to the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy gravesites; Mount Vernon, the beloved home of the first U.S. president, George Washington; the Washington National Cathedral; Ford’s Theatre; and much more.   


If you are interested in any of these trips, please call (253) 756-0601 to indicate your interest and be notified when the presentations are scheduled.  You do not have to be a participant of the Point Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center to take advantage of these amazing trips.  Make it a family vacation!