This week on Minute with the Mayor, Mayor John Huffman meets with Erik Phelps, Executive Director of Call A Ride of Southlake to learn about the program and its need for volunteers.
A local nonprofit by the name of Call A Ride of Southlake (CARS) has changed lives over the last 23 years by providing non-emergency rides to senior citizens and disabled adults in and around the city.
“Really, when you think about it, CARS helps give back some of the independence that seniors and disabled adults lost when they gave up driving,” said Phelps. Such an incredible service with such important work could not function without volunteers to drive the vehicles; however, lately, volunteers are becoming harder to find. “We desperately need more drivers because we constantly are having unmet needs out there for seniors and disabled adults,” Phelps noted.
Residents and others interested can apply to be volunteers. Minimum requirements include a valid license, a background check, and more.
With flexible schedules and no minimum time commitment, CARS makes it easy to volunteer when it is convenient for you. Mayor Huffman has pledged to donate some of his time to helping those that need a lift.
To watch the full episode of Minute with the Mayor, click below.
September is our favorite month at the Southlake Senior Activity Center because it’s National Senior Center Month!
National Senior Center Month is the perfect opportunity to showcase the vital work senior centers do while celebrating our outstanding members. Last Friday, the Southlake Senior Activity Center hosted a Luncheon with a Taste of Follies to celebrate this month-long recognition with our members.
As always, it takes a village to create these world-class events for our seniors, and this Luncheon was no different. Senior Center members enjoyed a delicious lasagna lunch! Three lucky members also won raffle prizes generously sponsored by The Carlyle at Stonebridge Park. Volunteers from the Young Men’s Service League served our members with the utmost care. Our Senior Activity Staff worked hard all month long ensuring our members felt appreciated and loved.
After enjoying a hearty meal, our seniors experienced a phenomenal performance by the Taste of the Follies, the traveling ensemble group from DFW’s Spectacular Follies. The performance was one to remember.
The show included guaranteed crowd-pleasers from Broadway’s greatest hits such as, “Cabaret” from Cabaret, “Razzle Dazzle” from Chicago, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” from Grease, and “On the Street Where you Live,” from My Fair Lady. Country hits from Patsy Cline to John Denver made our seniors sing along, while two incredible tap dance numbers had the whole room tapping their feet! The best part of the performance? Every member of the cast was 55 years or better!
The show was a wonderful reminder that no matter what age you are, it’s never too late to pursue your passions and live an active lifestyle!
Friday’s Luncheon was a celebration of life, music, and community. Gathering the community together to create life-long memories with our Senior Center members is the highlight of our jobs!
While we don’t need to wait until next September to celebrate our seniors again, National Senior Center Month is our favorite excuse to go big!
The City of Southlake proudly partners with local organizations to enhance the services we provide to our residents.
For the Southlake Senior Activity Center, our partnership with Metroport Meals on Wheels is essential to providing our Senior Center members with a warm meal every week. Our weekly Metroport Meals on Wheels Luncheons regularly draw a large crowd to the Senior Center. For just $5 a week, Senior Center members can enjoy a restaurant-cooked lunch with their friends, volunteers, and Senior Center staff. This decades-long partnership provides Southlake’s 55 and better community with hundreds of delicious meals each year!
Metroport Meals on Wheels aims to build a community of “neighbors helping neighbors to alleviate hunger, isolation, and loneliness in our communities, and to foster the independence, worth and dignity of each individual we serve.” This vision is possible thanks to the help of caring volunteers and generous community partners. We know the Southlake Senior Activity Center wouldn’t be what it is without this crucial partnership. There are several options for you to get involved with Metroport Meals on Wheels if you want to contribute to their cause.
Here’s how you can help:
Become a Full Plate Promise Donor
Help our senior residents maintain access to weekly warm meals by giving a monthly donation amount of your choosing. Learn more here!
Adopt a Senior
Donate any amount to provide warm meals to a senior resident that is unable to prepare meals physically or financially for themselves
Become a Meals on Wheels Partner
Local Southlake restaurants wanting to give back to our community can become Senior Center Meal Partners! By joining forces with Metroport Meals on Wheels, your business can help keep our weekly Senior Center Luncheons going strong. Connect with Meals on Wheels to become a partner today!
There are many ways to get involved with this excellent community partner that does much for our community. Are you ready to join us in our Metroport Meals on Wheels partnership?
It’s been business as usual at the Southlake Senior Activity Center until a rare and valuable painting disappears! Just like that, what begins as an innocent party will become a race to uncover the mystery of the missing art.
The Senior Activity Center is constantly innovating exciting programs for its members, and this event is no exception. In collaboration with the Southlake Public Library, Senior Center members will be immersed in a Murder Mystery Theatre Luncheon on Thursday, December 9 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Brush off your deductive reasoning skills and channel your inner Sherlock Holmes as key clues reveal the guilty party one piece of evidence at a time.
Senior Center participants will be treated to a catered lunch as they solve this thrilling “who done it?” The Senior Activity Center will transform into a lavish theatrical setting for this game of wits. Murder Mystery Parties are a great way to let members’ imaginations run wild, sharpen critical thinking skills, and create life-long memories. We know our members love to have fun, which is why we enjoy coming up with creative programs for our community.
Senior center members can expect an afternoon of twists, turns, and unexpected surprises. Who will be the first to crack this case? Register today. Registration closes on Monday, December 6.