Local Big Valley organization fills the gap for senior services

while county hired agency figures out what to do.

A group of seniors sitting at tables for a communal lunch.

Lunch at the Memorial Hall

Bieber Memorial Hall, Sept 16 2005
Copyright 2005 BigValleyNews.net

The 50's plus club, a local organization has been feeding seniors at the long standing Wednesday and Friday community meals while Lassen Senior Services Inc. struggles to re-organize the management of the Bieber meal site.

Leaders of the 50's plus club stated that their main concern was to continue the traditional meal services which offer both nourishment and socialization for Big Valley Seniors, many of whom are over 80 years of age.

In a dispute about management of the Big Valley site, Lassen Senior Services fired much of the staff before making arrangements for continued service and announced that Senior conjugate meals are suspended until further notice.

Not to let their friends down, the 50's + club arranged for a catered meal to be be served today (Friday) and were prepared to continue the congregate (sit down social) lunches during the period of suspended lunches which were announced last week by Lassen Sr. Services Inc.

In a surprise announcement, Lassen Sr. Services announced that the congregate lunches will resume at their regular times starting Wednesday, September 21 instead of their previously announced 2 to 3 weeks.  Transportation is to provided as usual.  A new site manager, Tracy Molina, has been hired.

It is not known if the vocal efforts by the leaders of 50's + club and the efforts of Lassen County and Modoc County supervisors were instrumental in the unexpected speedup of service resumption, but the bottom line is that the seniors who are dependent on these services have been served well.

In a Futurama animated TV series (Godfellas episode) when Bender the robot meets God, God says "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all."

Somebody did something right, but we will never know.

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