GOLDEN HILL — They come for fellowship, a fun time and a support system.
Golden Hill Good Times Senior Center hosts about 30 people from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the St. John’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 3244 Kirwan’s Neck Road, near Golden Hill. The center welcomes the public to join them for some fun games of bingo and a meal together.
The senior center began 12 years ago, and serves an important role in the lives of Dorchester County senior citizens. Many of the seniors are widows. But each week, they come to Golden Hill for a day with what many call their extended family.
“The center gets seniors together,” member Lois Zinkhan said. “This is a place where we have a great camaraderie. It is some place for someone to go and have a great time. We are family here. This feels like home to many of us.
“We are still surviving and going strong,” she said. “The senior center is a lifeline for togetherness. We want the community to know they can come and join us because we want to be that extended family for them.”St. John’s United Methodist Church opens its fellowship hall to the Good Times seniors at no cost. The hall features an open room for activities and a kitchen where the seniors serve lunch. They bring covered dishes and also share a main course such as pizza or chicken.
“If it was not for the church, we would not have any place to have our gatherings,” member Kay Bradshaw said. “They have been very supportive of us. We appreciate the church’s kindness.”
Throughout the year, seniors pick themes for different times of the year. They have fancy hat days, costume parties for St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween, and host special meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“Anything we can do to get a laugh is our goal,” Zinkhan said. “It is about having fun. We want to laugh. We want to smile. That is what goes on here at the senior center.”
The main event each week is bingo games. The seniors do not just play for pride. Member Norma Lee Robinson gathers candy, snacks and gifts for prizes. A winner cards will get you a pick from a table full of goodies.
“We help each other,” Robinson said. “We talk about our problems. We vent. We cry. We laugh. We care for one another.”While the activities continue into the afternoon, Connie Travers and Sandy Bramble prepare lunch for the members.
“We’ve all lived through a lot,” Robinson said. “It’s important for us to be together. Like with Lois, Kay and I — we are all widows. But together we are family. We want people to know they can come to us to join the family.”
The only source of funding for the Golden Hill Good Times Senior Center comes from donations. The money donated gives the seniors a chance to have community lunches and do different activities.
“The only way we survive here is through donations,” Robinson said.
Donations to the Golden Hill Good Times Senior Center should be made out to treasurer Carolyn Noland at 1728 Hoopersville Road, Hoopersville, MD 21634. For questions about the center and donations, Noland can be reached at 410-397-3041.
For more information about St. John’s United Methodist Church, visit the church’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stjohnsgoldenhillor or call 443-205-0638. The pastor is Dan Gustafson.