|May 19, 2014 • VOL. 52, NO. 10 • Oakland, CA|
Senior Living & Resources
Day trips a focus of Hayward senior group
Day-tripping has a totally different meaning for members of the senior program at All Saints Parish in Hayward.
The woman De Jesus talked to at the travel service said that it would cost $119 per person if they wanted to go to The City. "Most seniors won't be able to pay that," she said. Time for plan B.
Casino trips are a big draw at the senior center. "Not a lot" of the people go on every outing De Jesus plans. But they will show up for the casino trips — and they bring their friends.
The center has had as many as two bus-loads of day-trippers — some 80 to 90 people — who show up for these journeys of chance. "People just wanted to go," said Frances Legg, who is coordinator for All Saints Senior Ministry.
"People want to go out somewhere," she said, especially trips outside the East Bay area. "They want to see something nice like the farm lands they can see out of the windows of the busses." She noted that the group travels on modern busses. "It is a comfortable ride," she said.
Fred De Jesus, who helps his wife on those trips, can testify to the joy a casino trip can bring. Once the bus arrives at a casino some people have become so excited that they leave their walkers behind, he recalled, with a chuckle.
The senior ministry at All Saints Parish has been in "continuous existence for some 33 years," Legg said. The group meets on a weekly basis — on Thursdays. "We socialize, pray together, share a meal and play Bingo."
Guests have been invited to speak to the senior community about scripture once a month. The center also provides a catered luncheon four times a year: Valentine's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas for a nominal fee. And in March, around St. Patrick's Day, they go out to lunch.
In early May, members of the senior ministry participated with school children in the crowning of a statue of Mary at All Saints School.
Legg and De Jesus have been busy the last several weeks preparing for the group's next big event — the Annual Senior High Tea — which will take place June 7. The event, the group's major fundraiser, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. in the parish's Zaballos Gym. The cost is $20 per person and attire is dress/casual. The day will also have raffle and door prizes. For more information about the Senior Tea, call Diana DeJesus at 510-581-0736. For more information about the senior ministry group, call Frances Legg at 510-846-5300.
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