Volunteers of America - Minnesota Southwest Center offers a wide variety of programs, services and volunteer opportunities that support the health and independence of older adults. Southwest Center strives to be a friendly, helpful place where seniors feel comfortable socializing and learning ways to enhance their health and wellness. The center also provides opportunities for non-seniors to volunteer, learn and become partners in inter-generational activities.
Health and Nutrition Programs
Senior Dining Program: Hot, nutritious meals are served Monday through Friday at Southwest Center. Participants should sign up at least two business days ahead by calling 612-824-5512. The recommended donation for people age 60 and older is $3.50 per meal, but participants may pay what they can afford. A monthly menu is available.
Exercise Classes: Southwest Center offers nine exercise classes per week, including Strength & Flexibility and UCARE Enhance Fitness which includes light aerobics. The Southwest Center newsletter includes a complete listing of classes.
Monthly Food Shelf and Health Information and Screenings: (See the current newsletter for schedule.)
Medicare Counseling: Call 612-822-3194 for an appointment.
Diabetes Club: Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
Education, Arts and Culture: Workshops and projects provided on critical health topics such as cancer, heart disease and other wellness topics. Brain exercise activities are offered to support cognitive health along with opportunities to learn about our multi-cultural community. See the current issue of the Southwest Center newsletter for dates and times events, presentations and classes.
Volunteer Opportunities: Southwest Center offers opportunities for individuals to make a difference at the center and in the community through volunteer work. Volunteer positions include front desk receptionist, special event host, data entry, computer instructor and more. Contact us at 612-822-3194 if you are interested in sharing your expertise and skills.
Social Work Services: Southwest Center’s social worker can meet with individuals at the center or within the privacy of their own homes to discuss a variety of matters affecting well-being. Typical issues include medicare and health concern issues, housing options, financial concerns and legal issues.