Volunteers help MLT seniors finish move to new Ballinger Park center

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MTHS student Will Khadivi assists senior center volunteer Fred Bames load unwanted chairs into a trailer.
MTHS student Will Khadivi assists senior center volunteer Fred Bames load unwanted chairs into a trailer.

Monday was a big day for the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center, as volunteers both young and old helped move truckloads of furniture, office equipment, catering supplies and miscellaneous other items in and out of the senior group’s old location in the downtown city core and their new home at Ballinger Park.

The senior center had hoped to be up and running at their new location, 23000 Lakeview Drive, earlier in the month, but has been operating out of two facilities for the first couple weeks of January instead. Monday’s work will mean all programming will be conducted at the community senior center at Ballinger Park.

Senior Center Executive Director Mike Cooper helps direct the moving of catering supplies at the center.
Senior Center Executive Director Mike Cooper helps direct the moving of catering supplies at the center.

“There will still be some finish work and organizing going on this week, but we are up and running,” said Mike Cooper, MLT Senior Center Executive Director.
The seniors will still need to have their regularly scheduled lunches on Wednesday and Fridays at the Bethesda Lutheran Church until further notice as the kitchen in their new facility isn’t ready yet. The county health department is scheduled to inspect the new kitchen on Thursday.

A number of Mountlake Terrace High School students helped with Monday’s work, including members of the ASB student government. The students were assisting as part of the fifth annual MLK Day of Service arranged by the United Way of Snohomish County, the YMCA of Snohomish County, Catholic Community Services and Senior Corps-RSVP.

“High school students are inspired by Dr. King’s lessons of compassion and community-building,” said Dennis G. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish. “This national day of service provides a way to put those ideals into action.”

Student Alyssa Beck unpacks a new filing cabinet to be used at the reception island.
Student Alyssa Beck unpacks a new filing cabinet to be used at the reception island.

— Story and photos by Doug Petrowski

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