Tuesday, April 16, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, April 12 to celebrate the re-opening of the Council on Aging Center in Reserve. The center was closed for four months due to damage caused by Hurricane Isaac. Parish President Natalie Robottom and District III Councilman Lennix Madere joined Council on Aging Director Cheryl Parquet, the Council on Aging Board including Chairman Elexia Henderson, as well as a host of seniors and other community members for the ceremony. During the ceremony, representatives from Marathon Petroleum Company LP presented the center with a $5,000 donation. Marathon Petroleum employees also provided and served lunch for all attendees, as they do quarterly. “We are elated to be back where our seniors are provided activities and enjoyment throughout the week,” said COA Director Cheryl Parquet. “We’d like to thank the Parish for advocating on our behalf and Place Du Bourg for graciously accommodating us during the closure. As everyone says, there is truly no place like home.”
Ernestine Young, a senior from LaPlace, said she missed visiting the center during its brief hiatus after Hurricane Isaac. “Our friends are here and we share our thoughts and dreams with each other as well as travel to other places together. Some of us have nowhere else to go to find company.”
The St. John the Baptist Parish Council on Aging Senior Centers serves to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens living in St. John the Baptist Parish. Breakfast and lunch are served daily and activities include Bingo, card games, birthday celebrations and field trips. All residents 60 years and over are welcome to visit the center. “We know how important the center is to all of you, which is why we worked hard to complete repairs to the building,” Parish President Robottom told the seniors on Friday. “We wish to thank Place Du Bourg for opening their doors to our seniors while we focused our efforts on getting them and all of our residents back in their homes.”
The East Bank Senior Center is located at 214 Regala Park Rd. in Reserve and can be contacted at 985-479-0272. The West Bank Senior Center is located at 155 East 3rdSt. in Edgard and can be contacted at 985-497-3391. The centers are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.