Free rides for seniors to dining site on Smith Lane

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

The senior dining site in Fortuna has a new look and for a limited time, seniors can get a free ride to the site. The site is located on Smith Lane and is operated by the Humboldt Senior Resource Center.

The Lutheran Home for the Aging of Humboldt County painted the dining site, put in new windows and put new pictures on the wall. "It is now more of a bright and cheery space filled with daylight," said Barbara Walser, Director of Nutrition & Activities. "Diners enjoy friendship, food, and more," she said. "It's a great place to rekindle friendships, visit with people you may have known all your life, or to find new friends."

Thanks to a grant from Hops in Humboldt, seniors can take a free bus ride to and from the dining site. This opportunity will be available for a limited time; seniors should mention the free passes when calling 725-7625 to make reservations.

The buses operate Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on the first Saturday of the month between 9 a.m. and noon. Seniors (age 50 and older) and persons of any age with disabilities are served by the buses.

"Senior dining centers have proven to be more than just a place to eat," Walser said. "For older adults, the impact of a nutritious meal in the company of others is significant. Dining with others not only can lead to improved nutritional status, but it can also help to decrease isolation, loneliness, and depression."

For those age 60 and older there is a suggested donation of $3.50 for lunch although no one is denied a meal if unable to pay. For those under the age of 60, the cost of the meal is $6.

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Lunch is served at the Fortuna Senior dining Site in the Mountain View Village on Smith Lane. Pictured (from left) are Evelyn Ogle, Barbara Engels, Sharon Eisenhauer, Corena Holland, William D. Bryant, and Janis Smith.