Wins for Kansas: Senior Services

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More than 9,000 seniors in the Wichita area are living a better life, thanks to a group established in the 1960s.

Senior Services has been serving Wichita for close to 50 years. Along with job placement and running the Senior Center, its largest program is Meals on Wheels. The volunteer program delivers hot meals to homebound seniors.

"We are just so blessed to have people who are willing to give their time and make somebody have a better day," said Executive Director Laurel Alkire.

She added all of the Senior Center's programs have one common theme. "All of our programs are about keeping them healthy, connected and independent.... So all programs are designed in some way to assist them and staying at home," Alkire said.

Senior Services is growing, with an ever-expanding Senior Center that offers many new classes and a kitchen that when complete can prepare as many as 3,000 meals a day.

"We know that the next generation is going to be quite different from the generation we are serving now, and we've got to be ready," Alkire explained.

Our Wins for Kansas partner DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers presented Senior Services with a $500 grant to help in its mission.

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