Senior Center Updates


July 28 2021

Yes, we are finally reopening; and we can’t wait to see you!  As we reopen, your health and safety are our priorities.  We are reopening with a graduated process  along with the following guidelines.

Due to the DELTA variant, only vaccinated individuals may participate until further notice.  If you have a medical exemption, it is recommended that you remain at home.  Only one class will be permitted in the building at a time.  


Graduated Reopening

A graduated process will be used to reopen, not only to ensure that participants are safe, but to allow the volunteers the time needed to adjust to new processes and procedures. 

The Senior Center has not experienced any COVID transmission since it reopened; and the case numbers are going down.  We will be adding Acupuncture, Pinochle, and Mexican Train dominoes to our programming beginning in October.  You can find the dates and times of these programs in our calendar.  At this time, only those individuals who are vaccinated will be allowed to participate; and we are requiring masks and social distancing.  

Rollbacks:  If, at anytime, someone contracts the virus, the Senior Center schedule will rollback to the previous schedule.  If there is a time lapse in the participant notifying the Senior Center, it may become necessary to temporarily close the Center (dependent on Health Department recommendations).


More Information About Reopening

Entering the Building:  Masks and social distancing are required.  If you enter without a mask, one will be provided.  If you are medically exempt, please remain at home due to the DELTA variant.  Present your vaccination card, complete a monitoring survey with a “clean” pen/computer stylus and have your temperature taken at the desk.  Check into the database with the stylus and place it in the “dirty” cup.  FOOD RESCUE participants, please enter and sign in through the back dining room.  Only two participants will be allowed in at a time due to social distancing.

Monitoring Surveys:  A monitoring survey must be completed each time you enter the building.  Participants may choose to take several surveys home, completing and bringing one back upon each return. 

Limited Occupancy:  Classes will not exceed 20 participants in the main room.  The dining room is limited to 24 participants, and the classroom to six (excluding instructors).

Exiting the Building:  All morning class participants will exit through the back dining room door  to eliminate congestion as people check in.

Infection or Positive Test:  If you become ill or test positive for COVID, NOTIFY THE SENIOR CENTER!  This is extremely important to prevent spread of the virus.

Exercise Programs:  Masks must be worn except during strenuous exercise.  It can be removed only during exercise and must be replaced prior to leaving the exercise area.

Exercise Equipment:  Participants must use a disinfectant wipe on any equipment that is used during classes.  Bring your own Yoga mat.  Mats will not be loaned out unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. 

Strength & Balance:  Doris Renna will be instructing M/W/F.  There will be no T/TH classes until further notice. 

Coffee Service and Breakfast Pastries:  There will be no coffee or pastries available until further notice. 

Games:  All cards and dominoes will be rotated with a minimum of three days between use.  Disposable paper Bingo sheets and daubers will be used.  Please bring your own dauber; however, the Center has a few if you forget yours.

Lunches: Lunches will be served out of the back kitchen door until further notice.  


For New Senior Center Participants…

The Senior Center will be opening August 2, 2021 on a limited basis then expanding with more programs.  If you would like to participate and you’ve never been to the Point Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center, please download the following three PDFs, fill them out and bring them with you.   If you are uncomfortable providing some of the information such as income, please leave those sections blank.  The Wellness Release is only necessary if you plan on attending any exercise programs at the Senior Center.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Photography Release Form Revised 2015 for Senior Center

Wellness Center Waiver & Release Form

Revised Emergency Contact Form 1.2017 (002)


Volunteers Needed

Several volunteers are needed to relieve front desk volunteers.  Training will be provided, but computer experience is required.  In addition, we are looking for a Beginning Spanish or Conversational Spanish instructor.  If interested, please contact the Director or Assistant at 253-756-0601.


July 29, 2021

Hello from Kate Gray, Director of the Point Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center

Before you enter

I am happy to say that the Shelter-in-Place issued by Governor Inslee is no longer in place and that we are reopening on August 2.  All participants must be vaccinated, wear masks, and social distance.  If you are medically exempt, please remain at home where you will be safe.  We will continue to monitor the DELTA variant and adjust our schedule as needed to keep the Senior Center as safe as possible.  I hope you are all healthy and eager to return.  Please refer to the August 2021 calendar for the details

What to do?

During our closure, many changes may have occurred, including your contact information.  Please print out the Emergency contact form and provide the completed form to the Senior Center.  I have been emailing out different kinds of puzzles and the answers for those puzzles, fun trivia games, comics, bad jokes, and much more.  For some, the emails that I had were invalid.  For others, I did not have your email address.  I will continue to email out some of these items, along with the Catholic Community Services Menu and the Senior Center newsletter.  If you did not receive our updates and would like to be on our email list, please complete the Emergency Contact Form and include your email address on it.   

There have been a lot of people behind the scenes who have made it possible for some services to continue. . .just in a different format.  When you see these people, please thank them for what they have done during our closure and what they continue to do as we reopen.

AARP Tax Preparation:  Many people sacrificed their Saturdays to prepare community member taxes.  Linda Reiter managed the program at our Senior Center.  She had several volunteers helping her, including Dave Green, Rick Bock, Karl Bonn, Gail Hecmanczek, Alan Hopko, Annemarie Martin and Bryan Schmick.

Food Lifeline:  Although our food bank program has been closed, every Monday the items have been picked up from Safeway and delivered to another food bank.  Our program will reopen on August 2.  Thank you Kathy Cooper, William Mitchell, Barbara Garnes, and Gisela Taranovski.

Gardening: A garden needs maintenance year round and there were volunteers who took on this job.  Jim Hansen, Jackie Garnes, and Bill Kennedy.

Kitchen:  Catholic Community Service meals have continued thanks to the hard work of Carmen Volk, Jackie Garnes, Erika Parker, Ann Van Gemert, Dick Woodke, and Jim Hansen

Video Class Instructors:  John Havens (drawing and piano), Molly Maddock (Strength & Balance and Sr. Dance Movement), Hal Meng (yoga and canning), Shelley Harris and Nalani Brown (book readings), Maryanne Ellis (line dance), Ardythe Fleener (tap dance), Matt Santelli (Medicare, fraud and scam classes), Dr. Doug Long (movement and the back), Ursula Bannister (calligraphy), and Peggy Castro (poetry and guided meditation).

Social Media:  Thanks to Betty Withrow, our Facebook page was constantly being updated.

Wellness Calls:  Betty Withrow, Carmen Paddock, Lucille Smith, Joan Doherty, and Bobbi Lemmer.

Special Thanks:  There is no doubt that it has been an unusual and stressful time for our participants.  Shelley Harris (FTJ Director of Philanthropy) and Nalani Brown (FTJ Philanthropy Coordinator) promoted food drives, the  purchase of gift cards and bags of food and essentials to hand out.  These programs would not have been the success they were without them, along with Judy Dunn, Bob Beckham, the FTJ Board of Directors, Patricia Mail and Joy Drewfs.

Thanks also goes to Chris Hall (FTJ Sr. Director of Marketing and PR).  She made it possible for the Senior Center to have its own tab on the FTJ website.  Because of that, we were able to post our video classes.

If I have left out anyone, please forgive me.  There were so many wonderful and generous people it is difficult to get them all.  Thanks to each and every one of you!


Catholic Community Services will still provide lunches on a walkup basis Monday through Thursday.  We do ask that you bring the exact amount, $3.50.  Just as a reminder, you will have to park your car and walk to the back kitchen door.  If there is a line, keep a six foot span between you and the person in front of you.

We will see you soon!