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Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 9:31 PM

Senior Center News

A note from the Director of the Pennington Life Center, Lisa Erquiaga
Senior Center News

First, I want to thank all of you for your support of our ongoing newsletter that has been very well received since our doors are still closed to the public due to Covid-19. We have been trying to put as much information about what you may be interested in as we can. If you have an idea or a suggestion that may be informative to all, please call us and let us know or send me an email to [email protected]

As you know, we are still currently in the “same holding pattern” as we have been since starting on March 12, 2020. As I have mentioned before this is the “NEW environment” that we are all experiencing daily and learning to adapt and cope whether we want too or that we are not doing it properly. At this point in our “same holding pattern” here at WNP Life Center, we are feeding our troops adequately and have been able to share a windfall of all types of food, fruits and vegetables and our beloved Food Boxes (168 boxes to WNP Life Center every week all summer long) and all thanks to our wonderful partnership with the Food Bank Northern Nevada. Without their continued program support we would not be able to provide for all our community in Churchill County with the feast of food.

Continuing the “same holding pattern” discussion we are in the process of reprogramming some of our programs and classes we had been offering or wanting to offer since this takeover by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been doing much brainstorming and have come up with a few ideas so our recent program participants (YOU) can continue to stay busy, connected, feeling good about self, understanding that we are all in this together and continuing to learn to cope and survive. This is our sincere hope and wish for our community and as our programs develop to coincide with COVID-19 as long as we have to do this we will do whatever WE can at WNP Life Center to make this happen. New ideas and practices will be provided soon for everyone’s participation.

But I want to share the following information of who to call and contact, just in case, you have a bad day or days and can’t shake them on your own and in the event that you need to talk with someone about being closed up in your house, fear of COVID-19, fed up with isolation, depression, anger etc., you can talk with someone who can assist you with your immediate feelings especially if you do not have anyone. This list was provided from nvhealthresponse.nv.gov for full text please refer to website.

Nevada 2-1-1 - Call 2-1-1 or go online to nevada211.org any needed referral information for agencies, services etc. in Nevada

Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHC) - New Frontier Center, Fallon 775-423- 1420, mild or moderate mental illness, substance abuse disorders.

Crisis Support Services of Nevada – 1-800-273-8255; text CARE to 839863 for 24/7 crisis service.

Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis.

Disaster Distress Hotline – 1-800-865-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 666746 This helpline is 24/7, 365 days a year national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any nature or human caused disaster. People with deafness or hearing loss can use above number to their Relay service.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – free and confidential 1-800-273-TALK (8522) or visit website suicidepreventionlifeline.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness Warmline - Call or text 775-241-4212

As we draw close to the end of the month of September, Fall is now here. We all need to take advantage of getting outside to enjoy the weather as it starts to cool off and let that Fall feeling allow you to keep thinking positive, good forward thoughts and wishes for ourselves and those who we love and come in contact with in a safe and healthy way. While we miss each and everyone of you, we want you to continue to practice social distancing, wearing your mask, and keeping your head and heart above any negativity that may cross your path.

One last request before I end my Letter is for you to read the quote below and apply it to your particular situation and I hope you can find some peace and solace in our current times. We are all in this together and we need to get through it all together, and we can!

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.” --Martha Washington



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