Transportation and programs starting for Weed seniors

Liz Pyles
Purchased by the City of Weed, the new nine passenger van with wheelchair accommodations operated by the Weed Recreation and Parks District will transport Weed seniors to medical appointments, shopping trips in Weed, and activities put on by the Family and Community Resource Center of Weed. Pictured are left to right are Weed Recreation and Parks District Administrator Mike Rodriguez, Weed City council member Bob Hall, Weed Chief of Police and WRPD board member Martin Nicholas, and Weed City Manager Ron Stock.

Senior citizens living in Weed will soon have access to free transportation to doctor and hospital appointments, local shopping, and activities coordinated by the Family and Community Resource Center of Weed.

On April 24, the Family and Community Resource Center of Weed will start its Monday Senior Lunch program.

The City of Weed purchased a nine passenger, wheelchair accessible van for senior transportation with funds from the one quarter of one percent sales tax for senior programs and the library that started July 2015.

The Weed Recreation and Parks District will be operating the van for Weed’s seniors beginning April 17. Their office will be open from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday through Thursday, to take calls for scheduling said District Administrator Mike Rodriguez.

City council member, Bob Hall said, “I think it’s a tremendous step forward as far as the community looking after itself.”

Rodriguez said they are looking at scheduling medical and shopping appointments on three days.

One day would be for appointments with doctors in Weed and Mount Shasta and Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta. Another day would they would transport to doctors in Weed and Yreka and to Fairchild Hospital in Yreka. And one day would be for shopping trips in Weed.

Hall said the new van is going to stimulate communication and interaction for seniors.

Weed City Manager Ron Stock add that it may be improving their “quality of life.”

FCRCW’s pilot Senior Lunch program will be held at the Weed Berean Church said Andrea Herr, Program Director.

It will be an opportunity for Weed seniors to get together once a week on Mondays for some mild to moderate exercise, a meal, and social activities.

Beginning at 11 a.m. with an hour of exercise for those who choose to participate, then lunch made by College of the Siskiyous Eagle Cafe will be provided at the church. Following lunch at 1 p.m. there will be activities until 2 p.m.

Herr said the program is free to Weed seniors, but donations to help out with the program will be gladly accepted. Seniors coming from outside of the WRPD area such as Lake Shastina or Mount Shasta are encouraged to donate $3.

Attendance during the pilot program will be looked at during the planning stages for next year’s programs, according to Herr.

The partnership between the City, WRPD, and FCRCW is really important said Stock.

Hall said all three are going to get strengthened by working together. “With these three working together, there’s potential for really great things,” he said.

Rodriguez, Stock, Hall and Weed Police Chief Martin Nicholas are excited about the potential for more senior programs and activities in the future when the new Weed Community Center is completed.

To make transportation requests call the WRPD at 938-4685.

For more information about the Senior Lunch program, and to sign up, call the FCRCW at 938-9914. Registering will help the resource center know how many to provide meals for, said Herr. The Weed Berean Church is located at 750 S. Weed Blvd. in Weed.