Managers, Directors and Center
Senior Center Best Practices
Senior Center/Nutrition Program/Organization Name
Kingston Senior Center
680 Wyoming Ave., Kingston PA 18704
Jean Spindler, Ast. Director
A group of 10 women and assistant director formed a gospel-folk group. The
gospel-folk group consists of people who want to take singing seriously and
progressively bring it to another level. The group brought together commitment &
creativity with an outlook of self-satisfaction and entertainment.
Time and Manpower
The planning started with word of mouth, advertising, followed with a
sign-up sheet for those interested. There is only one paid staff member,
assistant director, needed to plan, prepare and implement the activity. The
group practices for an hour once a week. They select music as a group and are
asked to present any ideas or creative ideas in performing the music. On April
29, 2010 the group was selected in the finals of "Seniors Got Talent" sponsored
by the Hospice Community Care, HCC Home Health and Mohegan Sun in Wilkes-Barre,
PA. They chose the gospel side of the group and entered as the Gospelettes. They
practiced 3 times a week for three months to prepare for the talent show.
When the group was forming initially, it was advertised in the papers and on
the large windows of the Kingston Senior Center specifying anyone 60 and over
that loved to sing can join the gospel-folk group. The newspapers interviewed
the ladies before the talent show.
The group entertains the seniors at the Kingston Senior Center and are
making a schedule to entertain at local nursing homes and off-site venues.
Partnering with Hospice Community Care, HCC Home Health and Mohegan Sun in
Wilkes-Barre, PA was a win-win situation for all concerned as it raised funds
for their organizations and gave our group the opportunity to win $1,000.
Through the partnering the Gospelettes developed recognition within the Kingston
Senior Center, Bureau of the Aging and the sponsors of the "Seniors Got Talent"
show. Developing a rapport with these organizations can draw in other
organizations connected to these sponsors. We may be able to be part of other
fundraisers for other organizations, or just entertain. In turn they could
provide services which are specifically related to their organizations. Some of
the sites that may be partnered would be Kingston Commons, River Street Manor
and Valley Crest all in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Wesley Village in Pittston, PA is also
possible. We can also partner with our own senior centers within the Bureau of
the Aging by offering our entertainment as a fundraiser for their center with a
percentage going to the Kingston Senior Center. Other facilities may do the
Thus far, no budget.
Impact On Center
The group brings entertainment and just a good feeling to the hearts and
souls of the seniors at the center through their music.
Always make everyone in the group feel they are equal and special in their
abilities and creativity within the group. When music is presented to the group
that is not exactly the type of music the group represents whether gospel or
folk, they are told that maybe it can be used on another occasion.
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