Senior Center Updates

March 25-2020

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

Shelter in Place

With the Shelter-in-Place issued by Governor Inslee for two weeks, we will not be reopening in April, at least for the first week or two and probably longer.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will reopen as soon as possible.  I hope you are all healthy.  I know with the “Shelter-in-Place,” life can be challenging and sometimes even boring when you are staying inside, but there is a lot you can do! 

What to do?

I have been emailing out different kinds of puzzles and the answers for those puzzles emailed a few days later or the next week.  Those; however, are just a few things.  What are some of you hobbies?  Many of those can be continued during this time.  Reading, painting, crocheting, knitting, coloring mandalas, making jewelry, putting together models and so much more.  And, if you get stir crazy, go outside and take a walk, garden, or sit outside and read a book.  Just don’t forget to get some exercise. 

I have provided Betty Withrow, who manages our Facebook Page, with some links to You Tube where you will find videos of people exercising.  Those will be going up periodically on Facebook.  For those of you who do not have Facebook, go to and click on the Senior Center tab.  You will find all the videos there.  I’ll also be posting some interesting things to read or watch, such as poems, stories, art videos, and more.  If you want to share pictures of your hobbies or what you are doing to stay busy, please email them to me and I will have them posted.  It’s always fun to share!

Stay In Touch

I would also like to remind you to stay in touch and be kind to each other.  If you have a friend from the Senior Center you would like to contact, but you don’t have their number, call me (253-756-0601) and I will help facilitate that friendship.  Of course, I cannot give out phone numbers, but I can get your contact information and call the person you would like to reach.  Socialization and caring is not an option, it is a necessity, even during these times.  We do have people calling about every two weeks to check on you.  I want to thank you for all your kind comments of appreciation that came to me directly or were passed on through those making the calls.  This is what we do for each other.  You are our family and we want you to be safe and remain healthy.

Lunch Provided By the Senior Center

Catholic Community Services is also still providing lunches on a drive through basis Monday through Thursday.  Because the volunteers are the lunches directly to your vehicle, we do ask that you bring the exact amount, $3.50.  They do not have change to provide you and it makes the line run much smoother and faster.  So. . .thank you!  Here is the April menu.  Just as a reminder, if you are driving, which most of you are, pull into the parking lot, veer to the left and line up alongside the sidewalk, moving up as you are able.  When exiting, either take the alley out or the far parking lot exit to avoid congestion at the main entrance.

Keep Your Spirits Up

Sometimes, people get depressed and it would not surprise me to hear that some may be depressed because of the coronavirus.  If you are one of those people, perhaps you need to cut back on watching the news or stop watching it all together.  Watch some comedy, such as I Love Lucy or The Three Stooges. . .you get the idea. . .something that makes you laugh.  (These links will be posted on our Facebook Page.)  Read some good jokes.  Talk to someone, such as friends or family members.  Just take a break from the news.  Some people listen to music and it can have the same affect.  Be aware of the type of music you are playing.  Is it sad and downbeat?  Or is it uplifting and makes you feel good?  You may need to change for a little while if it depresses you.  We must remember that this is a temporary situation and things will get better.  But, if you ever have suicidal thoughts, call 911 immediately. 


Speaking of jokes. . .everyone knows I am notorious for bad ones, but here is one that was sent to me from

Two little girls were playing together one afternoon in the park when one said, “I wonder what time it is?”

“Well, it can’t be four o’clock,” replied the other with magnificent logic.

“How do you know,” asked the first girl.

“Because my mother said I was to be home by four o’clock and I’m not.” – Submitted by Benjones

We miss you!

Stay well!