Casper Senior Center open to the public for meal

Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 6:30 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - There was plenty of Pork tenderloin to go around at Central Wyoming Senior Services or Casper Senior Center. This building has been closed for over one year.

“I’m so excited to be back,” said Gloria Fuhrer, a senior center regular and board member, said. Right now people are only allowed in for a meal. When they’re not eating, they are requiring masks. Tables are spaced six feet apart and they are only allowing half of the number of people in that can fit.

Rita Wagner, the executive director, said she saw lots of people reuniting with people they haven’t seen in a while. “I saw lots of tears, hugging and elbow bumps. A lot of them said I’m home and that’s what we are going for,” Wagner said.

Wagner said they are hoping to start up activities in a couple of weeks. Fuhrer said she’s excited for those. “I don’t do much here except bingo, but I love it and I’m glad for it to be back,” Fuhrer said.

Everyone also got to see the completed renovation in the front of the building that used to be a few closed-off rooms. “Everything is open, bright and cheery. We changed the whole atmosphere and you can see it when they walk in,” Wagner said.

They are still offering curbside meals for those who don’t want to come inside to eat. They are still serving about 100 meals, which is more than they were doing before the pandemic.

“We’ve been able to serve more people than we anticipated so it’s been a tremendous success,” Wagner said. Community members can get meals at 1831 E 4th Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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