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Awendaw Rejoices for Dedication of Senior Center
Published:
4/9/2014 3:12:08 PM


(At podium left to right) Rev. William Alston, Retired Pastor of Macedonia AME Church and retired Mayor of Awendaw with Sheila Powell, Awendaw Council member and executive director of the St. James South Santee Senior & Community Center. Photo by Damion Smalls
 
By Damion Smalls


Residents of Awendaw came out in bunches to celebrate the acquisition of the Awendaw Senior Center by the St. James South Santee Senior & Community Center on Friday April 4, 2014.

Located at 6655 Highway 17 North, the location will serve seniors in the area during weekdays with meals, activities, and companionship aided by volunteers. The center’s promotion to prominence has been spearheaded by Shelia Powell, Awendaw Council Member and Executive Director of St. James Center.

Powell noted how the ceremony was “near and dear to her heart” as she has worked specifically on the project for the past two years. A longtime community advocate in the town, she expressed her appreciation of all of the supporters that came together to make the senior center a reality. Powell has committed much effort to better the lives of seniors throughout her career.

Other members of the project also articulated their gratitude as the affectionate crowd cheered them on and sung several songs together. McClellanville, Mt. Pleasant, and Awendaw seniors that plan on attending the center embraced each other and enjoyed themselves on the sunny day. The vibe was infinitely positive overall.

The seniors from the area will have many options to choose from at the center to participate in. Activities like yoga, gardening, and horseshoes are just a taste of what is being offered for them. Volunteers play a huge role by providing transport, assistance, and friendship along the way. Powell stated that more volunteers are always welcome.

The center has a partnership with the Awendaw school system, which will allow students to talk with seniors and be read to by them. The initiate was done to improve youth-elderly relations. Its importance was lauded by Powell as it will be beneficial for both parties in the long run.

The first big event for the seniors will take place on May 17, 2014 with a prom for senior citizens at St. James-Santee Elementary School. It will marks the sixth edition of the dance for the older crowd. And of course it will include tuxedos, limos, and the crowning of a king and queen. Its popularity has escalated with every yearly occasion. Seniors all over Charleston are invited to the event.

For more information of the Awendaw Senior Center, call 843-928-4700. Lend a helping hand, get involved in the community, and spread the word on this exciting new venture from the good people over at St. James South Santee Senior & Community Center.
 

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