Delphos Senior Citizens started as a social club, and later added the meal site and transportation. The current building was formerly a grocery store and homestead. The center officially began in 1975, renovated in 2001 and in 2019 received a complete facelift to the front of the building to create a more cohesive, recognizable look.
Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc. mission is to provide services to people 60 years and older that will improve their lives and help them live independently. There is not a membership fee or charge for most services provided. Their main service is transportation to medical appointments, drug stores, grocery stores, banks and more, traveling around Delphos and the surrounding areas. There is a chore service and an outreach program to help seniors apply for areas of assistance needed to continue to live independently. The center offers social and learning opportunities from game days, dances, health assessments, a Good to know Lunch and Go monthly session that offers a free meal with an informative speaker and a Newsletter to let members and the public know what events and services are offered each month.
Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc. works with various groups in the community and connects seniors to groups and resources they are looking for. The Delphos Fire Department and Community Health Professionals come to the Center to perform the health assessments. Several groups come to the Center on a monthly basis to call Special Bingo for the seniors. They include: Delphos Hearing Aid Center/Bridge Home Health & Hospice, Lost Creek Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Community Health Professionals, HCF Management, and All American Home Care. Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc. has a contract to transport Vancrest and Sarah Jane residents. The First Aid and CPR training is provided by the Delphos Fire Department and The Delphos Public Library comes to the Center once each month to provide their services to those who may not be able to get to the library. They house two voting precincts for the Allen County Board of Elections. They have passed out brochures at the Music in the Park programs, and participate in United Way activities in Lima and Van Wert. Board Members present programs at the Delphos Public Library in the evenings. Most of the Board members are involved in other organizations as well, and advocate for the senior center. They are all on the look-out for seniors who need a little extra help, and direct them to the Center to receive needed services. Last year, there were over 90 volunteers who called bingo, helped make candy for fundraisers, raked leaves for seniors, put together our newsletter, or worked on our website. The Delphos Jefferson Show Choir performs at the Center twice each year, and Jefferson National Honor Society members came to call bingo and play other games with the seniors. National Honor Society members also made party favors for each of the attendees at our Christmas party. We are so fortunate to be in a community that cares about others needs and supports our efforts. We are able to do so much more for our seniors and the community because of all the help we receive.
Congratulations Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc. as being a top finalist for the Delphos Chamber Non-Profit Club/Business Award. Thank you for your time and commitment to Delphos.