It was in 1971 when a group of senior citizens from the Castle Rock area began to gather in the Blue Flame Room on Wilcox Street, to play games, plan activities and enjoy potlucks together. with the others. The dream had begun and it wasn’t long before many more wanted to join in the friendships and activities that were unfolding. They made three more moves as the membership continued to grow. By 1997, they had moved to the current location of 2323 Woodlands Blvd, the north end of Castle Rock Recreation Center. They incorporated in 1992 and it has evolved into a community center for seniors designed to meet the needs of people 50 and over.
In 2006 for their 35e Anniversary, there were four hundred members who went to the theater, casinos, local restaurants, played games, walkers and talkers, artisans, home movies with popcorn, sports teams, reading, dancing, bingo and much more ; and of course, they always enjoyed their potlucks together. The transportation shuttle helped get to doctors and the partnership with Volunteers of America provided hot and nutritious meals, as well as the Meals on Wheels program for Douglas County. They were good friends and took care of each other with care, while Loving Life in the 2sd Half.
Support has come from the Town of Castle Rock, Douglas County, personal donations, the Eagles, Lions, VFW and other supporters. They had bake sales, garage sales, membership fees, golf tournaments, and the Castle Rock Craft Show started in 1992. (That humble start became the region’s largest craft event) . They also had the well-known Moo Mag workers who assembled magnets for a local business as a fundraiser.
Everyone had to volunteer their time and talents to keep the doors open, as well as to feed their mascot Sarah Priscilla – the sweet white cat. Everyone’s generosity made it possible to develop these services and programs, and many others, and this support is still crucial today.
In 2021, as we celebrate our 50e Anniversary, and continue to support the elderly during the COVID 19 crisis, we have passed the 1,100 member mark as the elderly population grows and our programs are in high demand. We are a non-profit organization, open to people over 50, meeting the desires and needs of all. The wide age range means we have a very diverse lineup, from adrenaline-pumping bucket list trips to quieter bridge league groups and everything in between. People choose to come for activities here at our hub and throughout the Denver area in our bus fleet, make lifelong friends, get involved in our community, try new things, stay active in sports. and exercise, participate in special interest groups, eat often, laugh more and spend time together and enjoy potlucks.
We also offer special services and wellness activities. Our transportation program, using volunteer drivers, provides shuttles for seniors through Castle Rock and medical appointments for those who cannot drive, often allowing cyclists to live independently. During the COVID-19 crisis and being closed to the public, we continued our transportation services, home meal delivery in Douglas County, transitioning our VOA assembly meal site to a pickup / delivery program, insurance phone calls are made to at-risk seniors, care packages are delivered, as are grocery purchases and home delivery. Virtual programming is also being developed to help our seniors stay engaged and active.
We have also organized vaccination clinics for this at-risk population and provided trips for those who are homebound. The needs never stop. Of course, despite everything, our fundraising efforts and volunteer needs continue to be critical. When we reopen for center programs, we invite seniors and their families to come see us. You can also visit our website at www.castlerockseniorcenter.org or call the office at 303-688-9498.