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James Woods Center offers lunches and other services to Riverview residents

(Plain Press, April, 2016) The James Woods Center of the Rose Centers for Aging Well, located in the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s (CMHA) Riverview Tower at 1795 W. 25th, offers lunches five days a week to residents of Riverview who are over sixty years of age, or who are under sixty but qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Residents at Riverview can sign up to reserve a lunch at the center or by calling 781-7236. They can eat the lunch at the center or have it delivered to their apartment.

Jerry Purcell, Director of the James Woods Center of the Rose Centers for Aging Well, says the center serves about 45-50 lunches five days a week to Riverview residents. On a monthly basis it also provides food boxes from the Food Bank to eighty-two different individuals. Any individual over 60 in Cuyahoga County qualifies for the food box. However, residents outside of Riverview must come and pick up the box each month.

In addition to serving meals, the Rose Centers for Aging Well Woods Center has a licensed Social Worker on staff and offers on site and off site activities. CMHA offers transportation for the off site activities, said Purcell.

The Rose Centers for Aging Well Woods Center was formerly called the James Woods Golden Age Center. The new name is a result of a September 2014 merger of the Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland with the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.

The merger also resulted in a name change for the Gunning Park Golden Age Center, now called the Rose Centers for Aging Well Gunning Park Center. Purcell says that the Gunning Park Center, located in the Gunning Recreation Center at 16700 Puritas Road, offers Community Transit Service to area residents, age 60 and over, who reserve lunch at the center. The Gunning Park Center offers monthly food bank food boxes as well. The Gunning Park Center can be reached by calling 267-9945.

Both Rose Centers for Aging Well locations are open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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