Our New Name!

Dear Friends and Supporters,

It was hard to contain my excitement this morning at our fundraising breakfast.

We had a room full of amazing supporters, we raised money to fund our fabulous programs… and, yes, we announced our new name!

Our new name celebrates everything we love about our organization, its members and our community.

Click the video screen below to see the unveiling!

 

EVENT RECAP

A huge thank you to Nucor, who surprised us with a $15,000 matching gift, on top of their already generous sponsorship. This matching gift doubled the impact of many donations in the room.

I’m thrilled to report that we have raised a total of $72,314, thanks to our community of supporters.

I also want to thank our peer-to-peer fundraisers, table captains, board members and volunteers for their help to make our fundraising event a success.

Cheers!

Amy Lee Derenthal
Executive Director
The Center for Active Living

Our Sponsors

Greetings from the Executive Director 

As you know, big news is on the horizon for the Senior Center of West Seattle!

Thank you for making this community what it is today, and we’re so excited for our future together. We are grateful to every one of you—our 1,332 members— and we can’t wait to celebrate our new name with you.

We will announce it at our “BIG reveal” annual fundraising breakfast on Tuesday, May 14. If you aren’t planning to attend, don’t worry! We have several other fun ways for you to be involved in the excitement.

First, follow us on Facebook to hear the news! We will be continuing the party with festivities all day at the Senior Center on May 14. We’ll also be giving out a special gift to each of our members, so stop by the Senior Center any time to pick that up. In addition to the BIG reveal, we will host a member and community Open House on Thursday, Aug. 8.

We’re also excited that the Senior Center will participate in two favorite summer events—West Seattle Summer Fest (July 12-14) and the West Seattle Grand Parade (July 20).

See you here soon,
Amy Lee Derenthal

Meet Social Worker Josh Maduell

Josh Maduell is excited to join the Senior Center team as our new social worker!

For as long as he can remember, Josh has had a passion for working with seniors. Being an “old soul” himself, he finds it comes naturally to connect and engage with this population. And if any member is looking for a corny joke or someone to sing showtunes with at random parts of the day, Josh’s theatre background might just come in handy.

His most recent role was with Jewish Family Service where he primarily helped seniors living with disabilities and mental illness maintain their independence. During his time there, Josh recognized his passion for helping people and decided to pursue a master’s in social work, which he completed in 2023.

One thing that brought Josh to the Senior Center is its vibrancy. With the constant programs every day of the week, there are always different kinds of activities for members to do and other members for them to meet and engage with. Josh observed how warm and welcoming the Senior Center was, especially from all the coworkers and members he met in just his first week.

If you need anything, you’ll find Josh in the Social Work office every weekday. Josh will also be facilitating the weekly Aging Well Group and the monthly Low Vision Support Group. For questions about these groups or for help with any kind of resource you need, don’t be shy to stop by in person or to call him at 206-932-4044 x2.

Josh feels so grateful to be part of this community and is looking forward to making even more connections along the way!

Thank you Tessa & Chuck!

 

We would like to say thank you to Tessa and Chuck Bowden who are moving to the East Coast this month. Tessa has worked with the Senior Center since 2020, first as the Stop ‘N Shop Coordinator and more recently providing administrative support at the front desk. Chuck has offered his incredible skillset to fix almost anything as a valued volunteer in the Stop ‘N Shop. We will miss them both and wish them all the best in their new adventure!