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Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center Celebrates Five Years

March 2, 2016

Senior Wellness Center anniversary(The gymnasium of the Ward 1 center packed during the anniversary program.)

Yesterday the Ward 1 Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center celebrated their five year anniversary. It was a great event that began at 1:30 pm and ran for about two hours. There were remarks from Office on Aging Executive Director Laura Newland; Tania Jackson, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Nadeau; former Councilmember Jim Graham; and others interspersed by performances of singing and dancing by seniors from the center. Below is a short video of dancing from Twitter.

After the anniversary program, members enjoyed conversation and light refreshments.

It was a great celebration and I wish the Senior Wellness Center many, many more years of health and success.

Senior Wellness Centers Headed for Budget Reductions in FY16

September 3, 2015

I recently learned that the D.C. Office on Aging (DCOA) is reducing funding for the city’s senior wellness centers from their FY2015 levels — meaning that the funding levels will change on October 1st. In reaching out to the DCOA, it was conveyed to me that they are currently reviewing their expected grants for FY2016 and that the incoming grant proposals for the upcoming fiscal year are still being reviewed.

In FY2015, senior wellness centers were allocated an additional $1.5 million for extended hours as compared to FY2014 — meaning later hours and Saturdays. Due to uneven and low participation rates for extended hours, overall funding will be reduced by $1 million for this purpose in FY2016 (or +$500,000 over FY2014 levels).

I’m still digging into what, exactly, these reduced funding levels will mean for each center. I’ve heard that the Ward 1 center will revert back to their original hours and that there will be some reprogramming. I’ll share more as information becomes available.

Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center(Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center on Georgia Avenue.)

Some Beauty on Georgia Avenue

June 14, 2013

I really like how the flower beds at the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center are planted this year. If I know my plants correctly, it appears to be full of hollyhocks and (I think) delphinium. Maybe someone can help me out on the blue flowers in front.

Flower beds in front of the Senior Wellness Center, Georgia Avenue..

Flower beds in front of the Senior Wellness Center, Georgia Avenue..

Another view of the flower beds.

Another view of the flower beds.

News from the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center

June 4, 2013

I received the following newsletter from the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center yesterday. Since I don’t often get newsletters from the center, I thought others might find it of interest too (Click for complete newsletter).
SWC June 2013 Newsletter

Bernice E. Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center Dedicated

May 26, 2011

Project Director Michelle Singleton kicking off the dedication ceremonies

Ward One’s Senior Wellness Center was officially dedicated yesterday (May 25, 2011) and named in honor of Bernice E. Fonteneau. It’s come a long way since its ribbon cutting in September 2010 and official opening at the end of February 2011.

The ceremony began with a greeting by Project Director Michelle Singleton, who was followed by the Rev. Shirley Cooper, Pastor, Park Road Community Church with the invocation, Sheila Poole, Ms. Senior DC 2010 singing a selection, and a welcome by Jacqueline C. Arguelles, Chairperson, D.C. Commission on Aging.

The dedication ceremony was well attended

Following Ms. Arguelles, John M. Thompson, Acting Executive Director, D.C. Office on Aging, Deputy Mayor Beatriz Otero, Health and Human Services, and Calvin Woodland (representing Councilmember Graham) made remarks. After closing remarks by Brenda Williams, D.C. Commission on Aging for Ward One, Fitness Director Deborah Parker led a group of area seniors in aerobics.

The late Bernice Elizabeth Fonteneau, for whom the center is named, was a longtime resident of the District of Columbia. According to the event program, she moved to D.C. with her family when she was four years old. Affectionately known as “Miss B,” she was an early supporter of the need for a Senior Wellness Center in Ward One, the Ward she represented when she served on the Commission on Aging.

Deborah Parker leading seniors in aerobics

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Senior Wellness Center Seeks Donations

March 16, 2011

Box of fabrics destined for quilting

The Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center has really begun to serve the area’s seniors in earnest since its open house on February 28th. Yet, to live up to their potential they need support for their programs. They were able to get a grant from ANC 1A during the March meeting which should help, but it won’t be able to provide for all of their needs.

There are many opportunities for the entire community to be involved and support our seniors. One easy way is through donations of needed items in new or like-new condition. Below is a list of items needed by the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center. People can call 202-727-0338 for more information.

  • Shuffle Board Set (Floor)
  • Putt Golf Set
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Sewing and quilting supplies — (including fabric, cutting mat, rotary cutter, scissors, thread, straight pins (quilting), ironing board, backing, batting, long plastic cutting ruler, marking pencils, yard sticks)
  • Yarn
  • Crochet and knitting needles
  • Jewelry making materials
  • Gently used books – Self-help, Novels, Nonfiction
  • Bibles and Korans
  • Board Games and Puzzles
  • Coffee Machine
  • Microphones
  • Podium
  • Umbrella  Caddy
  • Hand Truck
  • Patio table, chairs, umbrellas
  • Cameras (photography class)

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Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center Opens, February 28, 2011

February 25, 2011

It’s been over four months since the ribbon cutting for the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center, and now it is time for it to begin serving the community.

According to an announcement sent out by Michelle Singleton, Director of the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center, “0pening day will be an open house with a morning and afternoon orientation session scheduled to provide an opportunity for registrants to become familiar with the center, programs, equipment and policies and procedures to ensure safety. The remainder of the week will be a daily showcase of programs being offered at the center. The regular monthly calendar will be introduced during the week of March 7th.” A grand opening and naming ceremony is anticipated to take place in April.

While a fully operational wellness center has been a long time coming, it will be well worth the wait. Registration is open to District residents, 60 years of age or older.

The building’s features  include:

* Nutrition Counseling and teaching classrooms
* Intake Room
* Health Education Seminar Rooms
* Exercise and Fitness Area
* Massage Room
* Computer Training Center
* Multipurpose Rooms for health, wellness and social activities
* Roof top terrace with trail path trial

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Ward One Senior Wellness Center Getting Entrance Canopy

November 29, 2010

When the Senior Wellness Center had its official ribbon cutting on September 10th, it appeared that the building was finished and all that was needed were interior fit and finishes. A walk past the building recently shows that it was not completely finished.

Over the last few weeks, work has progressed to add a decorative entry canopy which seems to be nearly completed. Since a canopy is shown in the original concept drawing for the facade, there must not have been time to install it prior to the ribbon cutting.

I was able to get a glimpse of what it will look like from a small gap in the covering (see below).

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Registration Open at Senior Wellness Center

September 15, 2010


As the announcement states, the new Senior Wellness Center is now open for District residents, 60 years of age or older, to register. The Center’s full range of services are scheduled to be online by the beginning of October.

Senior Wellness Centers promote healthy lifestyles among the District’s elderly population by developing, expanding, and strengthening health promotion initiatives in nutrition, medications and physical fitness. The center is designed to add years to the lives of seniors as well as life to their years.

Some of the building features will include:

* Nutrition Counseling and teaching classrooms
* Intake Room
* Health Education Seminar Rooms
* Exercise and Fitness Area
* Massage Room
* Computer Training Center
* Multipurpose Rooms for health, wellness and social activities
* Roof top terrace with trail path trial

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Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center Cuts Ribbon, has Soft Opening

September 10, 2010

Mayor Fenty and Councilmember Graham were among those officially opening the Senior Wellness Center

With many of the area’s seniors in attendance, the opening ceremonies for the city’s newest Senior Wellness Center began shortly before 10:00 a.m. this morning.

The Ward One Senior Wellness Center at 3531 Georgia Avenue finally opened after nine years of false starts and waiting. During the opening speeches, Councilmember Graham recounted the long struggle to make the center a reality and lauded Fenty for his participation in making it a reality.

The $5.2 million facility contains 15,000 square feet of space on three floors. The building is pursuing LEED Silver Gold Green building Rating and contains solar panels for heating hot water in addition to a green roof.

While the center is not fully furnished, it is expected to be completed by the end of the month. Its features and amenities will eventually include programs focused on nutrition education, fitness, and computer training. The facility also includes conference rooms, handicapped parking by appointment, and an accessible roof with seating and a great view of the surrounding area.

Ward One is home to nearly 8,000 seniors.

Additional photos of today’s event can be seen after the jump (more…)


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