• The Golden Hub provides many social activities for seniors, including art classes. Participating in one of the classes is Melanie Naylor, front, with assistance from instructor Carla Sanchez. The center was started 40 years ago by a pastor and members of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. — Standard-Radio Post/McKenzie Moellering
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A ‘Golden’ space for seniors

For 40 years, the Golden Hub Community Center has been a welcoming place for Fredericksburg seniors to eat and socialize.

Founders were the Rev. Ted Leonard and members of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, when they saw a need for hot meals to be delivered to home-bound seniors.

“In the church basement, they began delivering meals weekly across the community and through that discovered a greater need for a place for seniors to socialize,” said Denise Usener, director of the Golden Hub for the last 16 years.

Today, the Golden Hub Community Center serves seniors daily through a lunch meal and other activities, as well as the continuation of the Meals on Wheels program.

Needed ‘wheels’

The Meals on Wheels program serves citizens over 60 years old who are homebound and often live below the poverty line.

“Meals on Wheels is a program that not only delivers one hot meal a day but it also provides a check-in to a senior every day,” Usener said.

Volunteers deliver meals to 90-100 seniors each day on nine routes in Fredericksburg. There is one route a week in Harper that serves seven and another in Stonewall weekly that provides one hot meal and four frozen meals.

“This is a daily check for those that live alone or are widowed, and provides peace of mind to family members and friends,” Usener said.

While the program’s main objective is to serve meals, it has also helped save lives.

“We’ve had instances where someone has fallen in the night and when the meal gets delivered, we were able to get them the medical attention they needed,” Usener said.

Adopt-A-Senior

Each year the Golden Hub holds fundraisers to provide funds for the Meals on Wheels program, as they are only able to receive one-third of the funding needed.

During the holiday season, members of the community can provide any monetary donation to help a senior get a fresh nutritious meal through Adopt-A-Senior.

Cost is $5 for one meal and $1,000 provides food for a senior for one year.

“Holidays can be hard for some as they are reminded of being alone or away from family, so these check-ins can lift their spirits and remind them that someone is thinking of them and cares for them,” Usener said.

Daily dining

The Golden Hub also hosts lunch during the week for seniors to provide a place to socialize and eat a nutritious meal.

“This program helps seniors get a well-balanced meal and an opportunity to make friends,” Usener said. “It also gets them out of the house so they don’t get bored.”

Typically, the average age of attendees is 82, but all ages are welcome, Usener said.

The organization recommends $5 for 60 years and older and $6 for 59 and younger, but they won’t turn someone in need of a hot meal.

Social activities

Food isn’t the only service provided by the Golden Hub.

Seniors can participate in craft sessions, exercise classes and more. These classes draw a “younger” crowd ages 60 to

70.

“We have a quilting group, groups that play Bingo and Bridge, in addition to the opportunity to take language and art classes,” Usener said.

Celebrating 40 years

After serving the community for 40 years, the Golden Hub will host an open house on Friday, Dec. 8 to give thanks. “This will be a fun time to celebrate and thank the community for all they have done

Golden Hub

Community Center

Director: Denise Usener

Established: 1977

Address: 1009 N. Lincoln Street

for us in 40 years,” Usener said.

Full details can be found online, at goldenhub.org.

Phone: 830-997-7131

Website: www.goldenhub.org

Primary business: Senior center

Employees: 9 plus volunteers

Fredericksburg Standard

P.O. Box 1639
Fredericksburg, TX 78624-4228
830-997-2155