Greater Maple Valley Community Center Programs
GMVCC is a multi-age facility with a multitude of programs that meet the neds of community residents from toddlers to senior citizens. It was founded in 1976, and is celebrating 38 years of service to the community. The Center programming strives to reduce isolation, create connections and build on the strengths of invididuals, youth and families. We work toward these goals by promoting and providing opportunities for education, and involvement which encourage strong community attachment, decrease violence and substance abuse and enhance the social well being of all.
The GMVCC Youth Program targets youth residing in a largely underserved portion of King County within the 7,200-student Tahoma School District. The youth program includes educational, recreational, and social services that foster positive connections between youth, their schools, and their communities; work to develop leaders among the youth; and encourage young people to become contributing members of the community. In January 2008, we opened a dedicated youth center offering after-school Teen Drop-In activities on school days for 6th through 12th grade youth.Concerts/Dances are held on weekends.
The goal of the GMVCC Senior Adult Program is to reduce isolation, create connections, and build on the strengths of the senior citizens in our community. We provide opportunities for education, recreation, and involvement, which encourage strong community attachment and enhance the social well-being and health of these older residents. The centerpiece of the GMVCC Senior Program is our congregate meal program and our Transportation Assistance Program which provides seniors with a way to remain independent by offering door-to-door transportation to activities and appointments.
The GMVCC supports a number of local groups that focus on children and family programming. These groups focus on early learning support for families that include foster care and developmentally disabled individuals and those with substance abuse challenges.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Until March 2008 our lunch program was part of the Seattle Senior Services congregate meal program, with Senior Services. When we were given very short notice that Senior Services would be unable to continue the program, we immediately developed our own meal program, and were able to continue offering lunches with no gaps in provision. Our senior participants have remarked that the quality of the lunch program has improved, and as a result, attendance has increased from 10-25 per day to 35-50 per day, for an average of more than 500 meals per month. Another issue for our rural community is the growing need for safe and reliable transportation for our seniors and the disabled. We have recently obtained funding to expand our transportation services greatly.