Moss is new senior center director


Brenda Moss, Hillsboro Senior Center director, talks with someone about a lunch reservation. Moss, who became the new director at the end of October, replacing Mary Dudley, said she wants to enhance the things already available at the senior center and also offer a few new ideas.

Brenda Moss is the new Hillsboro Senior Center director, replacing Mary Dudley, who resigned the position in late September.

?I am looking forward to planning group activities, which will be something fun, particularly knowing so many people from when I was little,? Moss said.

She also wants to look at ways to bring back people who, for whatever reason, no longer come to the center for meals or other activities.

?One thing I want to try is writing letters inviting people back,? Moss said.

Another idea she plans to pursue is publishing a newsletter once a month providing information on upcoming events and other senior center news.

?Every day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. we have pool players and games on Wednesdays,? Moss said.

Other activities she is looking at could include a movie one afternoon each week and having a ?Red Hat Ladies? group.

Moss said she believes the senior center should be a place for socialization and where people can come in and not have to cook a meal.

?We also have 10 home deliveries for meals and some people don?t realize they can get this service,? she said.

Currently, four men take turns volunteering to drive meals to homebound people.

?Betty Gayle is the head cook, and we work together on getting the menus ready,? she said.

?I enjoy working at the center and I like the hours,? she said.

In the next few weeks, Moss said, Hillsboro High School?s Spirit ?N Celebration group will be singing Christmas songs, and Verne Goering will be talking about wooden toys.

One best kept secret about the center is that it can also be reserved for weekend family reunions or other events, she said.

Prior to accepting the director?s job at the senior center, Moss worked at Presbyterian Manor in Newton as activities coordinator.

She also worked at Parkside Homes in nursing, activities and social service areas.

?This is a new experience for me, though,? she said, ?and I am happy to be here.?

Moss is the daughter of Bob and the late Janice Hein.

For more information about the senior center, call 947-2304 or stop by at 212 N. Main St.

?The doors open at 8 a.m. and the coffee is ready for people to come in and chat, play games or work on crafts,? she said.

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