The first program for Senior Citizens in Carroll County was started March 10, 1975 with a Hot Lunch Program. The federally funded program, through the Indiana Commission on Aging and Area IV Council on Aging, Inc., was first held in the Rainbow Café five days a week. Those 60 years of age or over were eligible for the noon meal. At this time, the meals (also available for the homebound) at a government cost of $1.41, were on a donation basis by the Senior Citizens. The local centers matched government funds which usually came from volunteers and contributions.
The meal program moved to the Masonic Temple in 1976 with funding from the Federal Government through H.W.W.’s Title 7 program. Meals are now prepared in Lafayette and catered to the different sites.
In 1978, a FMHA Community grant was acquired and a new building, the Flora Senior Citizens Center was erected and completed in 1979 with the grand opening in June of 1980.
Services and programs provided are:
- Lunch served at noon Monday through Friday
- Home bound meals for shut-ins daily
- Free blood pressure and health screening
- Telechecks (Monday through Friday)
- Home helper service for those who qualify
- Euchre Night Wednesday Night 5:30 – 9:00 P.M. Monday & Thursday 12:30 to 3:00 P.M.
- Bingo / Tuesday & Friday afternoon 12:30 – 2:00 P.M.
- Local and out of town transportation by appointment
- Information and referrals
The building now contains the office of the Flora Apartments, Inc., the office of Senior and family Services and the Senior Citizens Center. There are also laundry facilities, kitchen and meeting room. The kitchen and meeting room can be rented evenings and weekends.