Some of the ‘Senior Citizens’ of Powder Springs had realized a need for a place geared specifically for the enjoyment and leisure of the mature active adult population 55 years and above. In 1984, the old Powder Springs School Primary building on Atlanta Street became available. They had found their home. In 1985, the Powder Springs Senior Citizens Center was established and opened. This now would provide an opportunity for those mature adults to stay active and independent while enjoying old and new friendships as well as life itself. One of the charter members was Sarah Frances Miller, who served as the Co-Secretary and Treasurer. Sarah Frances Miller was a Powder Springs Historian, President and charter member of the Seven Springs Historical Society.
In 1985, The Powder Springs Woman’s Club donated a refrigerator and an outside bench to the newly opened Senior Citizens Center in Powder Springs. In 2006, they again donated a new refrigerator to the Center. In the early 1990’s the Mimosa Garden Club planted flowers and trees around the building in a beautification project. A membership with the Powder Springs Senior Citizens Center is for the active and independent senior age 55 and older which enables them to continue living a healthy and active lifestyle.
The Center provides recreational, social, educational and health related programs and services in ‘an ambience that was both elegant and warm’. Through these wide varieties of recreational and social service programs opportunities for individual growth would be and is realized. Members have access to the Senior Center facility any time it is open and to most of the classes and activities that are offered.
The Powder Springs Senior Citizens Center publishes a monthly Calendar listing all the activities for the month. these activities would include exercise classes, quilting, line dancing, a game (board) day, Yoga classes, jewelry classes, monthly board meeting, brown bag lunches and concerts, movies, Dominoes, adult coloring or painting, monthly luncheon, seminars, various outdoor activities to parks and trails in Powder Springs and off-site bus trips to somewhere in the Metro area.
All trips are during Center hours. Some programs and classes may require additional participation fees, such as the arts and crafts classes, day trips, monthly luncheons and other special activities. The Center also publishes a monthly newsletter which also contains that month’s activity calendar. It has a reminder and information about the monthly luncheon location; a list of that months Birthdays (month and date only!) and Anniversaries; a reminder of upcoming events and deadlines; a word search puzzle and some pictures of the members recently participating in the various activities.
The Center is currently (2022) operating at a limited capacity until further notice due to the Corona Virus (Covid19) Pandemic. Open hours are usually Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Currently, activities are limited due to these restrictions.
For further information and appointments, please contact the Senior Center Coordinator, Dee Chappell at 770-943-1555.
The Senior Center is located at 4181 Atlanta Street, Building #3 Main Office, Powder Springs, GA 30127.
The Powder Springs Senior Citizens Center does not provide any activities for those who might need a day care facility. All members must be mobile and able to independently operate, both mentally and physically. Proper hygiene is expected from all participants. A sign in sheet his provided for entering and leaving the facility. The Center does not provide transportation to or from their facility.
However, Cobb Services does have limited programs for seniors with special needs and can be contacted at 770-528-5355 for further information and assistance.
Some information contained here was taken from documents compiled by Sarah Frances Miller and are on file at the Museum. Also, from the pamphlet/brochure “Powder Springs Senior Citizens Center” which is available at the Museum. This brochure was originally published prior to the Pandemic and is in the process of being updated.
The City of Powder Springs web site. www.cityofpowdersprings.org under Local Amenities, Ford Center Campus, Powder Springs Senior Center.