Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center Reopening for Lunch on May 2

Congregate Meal, Grab-N-Go Option to Replace Curbside Meals

The City of Santa Fe Senior Services Division is excited to announce that the Mary Esther Gonzales (MEG) Senior Center will again offer a congregate lunch for seniors beginning Monday, May 2, 2022. A Grab-N-Go lunch option will also be offered for those who do not wish to dine in person. Senior transportation services will be expanded to include grocery store trips in addition to pharmacies and medical appointments. The MEG Center and all transportation services will have COVID-safe protocols in place to ensure the safety of staff and clients.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been over two years since the MEG Center was open for in-person dining,” said Senior Services Division Director Gino Rinaldi. “Our staff has worked tirelessly and creatively to continue to provide services and meals while the facility was closed and to ensure that this return to in-person prioritizes the safety of all attendees. We’re looking forward to the doors opening for lunch on Monday!”

To register for Senior Services programs, call 505-955-4711.

The following meal and transportation options* will be available beginning Monday, May 2:

Meal Option 1 (Congregate)

The MEG Center will serve dine-in lunch from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Seniors must be pre-registered for the program to attend and receive a meal. The following safety protocols will be observed during congregate lunches:

  • Masks are to be worn by staff and seniors at all times except when eating or drinking.
  • Social distancing will be practiced. To maintain appropriate distancing,
  • Staff will seat attendees in the dining room.
  • Tables will be limited to four seniors at one time.
  • Staff will bring each person their meal at their assigned table.
  • Meals will be served on paper products until further notice.
  • Seniors will be asked to leave the dining room upon completion of their meal.
  • All seniors will be asked to leave the building by 1 pm.

Senior Services staff will be on hand to monitor safety protocols and ensure all participants are pre-registered before attending the congregate lunch. Breakfast and after-lunch activities will not be available at this time.

Meal Option 2 (Grab-N-Go)

Seniors may also choose to receive a Grab-N-Go lunch instead of eating at the MEG Center. To receive a Grab-N-Go meal, seniors must enter the MEG Center lobby and inform a staff member of their name and that they would like grab-n-go service. Masks are required. A to-go meal will be brought to them in the lobby. Curbside meal service will no longer be available as of May 2.

 

Transportation Services

Senior transportation services will be available for grocery store trips, medical appointments, and pharmacy visits. To ensure proper social distancing is observed, the transportation vans will be limited to four seniors per vehicle at a time, and seniors may reserve one grocery store trip per week. All passengers are required to wear a mask while in the vans. Masks will be available for those who do not have one. Drivers are required to clean and sanitize their vehicles in between rides.

  • Transportation reservations must be scheduled three to five days in advance.
  • Reservations can be made by calling 505-955-4700 and providing the pickup location, drop-off destination, and appointment time, as well as a contact number.

 

The MEG Senior Center is located at 1121 Alto Street. See Map.

Additional information about expanded services, including updates about senior activities at the MEG, will be shared via the Senior Scene newsletter, which is available monthly.

*Participants must meet the following criteria, per the Older Americans Act: Be 60 years of age or over; or be the legal spouse of a member age 60 or over, residing at the same address; or for meals only, be disabled and living at Luisa, Pasatiempo, or Villa Consuelo (senior housing).

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Welcome

The Division of Senior Services offers a variety of programs to senior citizens at five senior centers throughout the City of Santa Fe. Our services are essential parts of a long-term care system that enables seniors to remain active within their community while continuing to live independently and comfortably within their own homes.

If you are 60 or over, we invite and encourage you to utilize and participate in these various services. Most services and/or activities are free, and some ask for a suggested donation. These programs are here for you, and we take pride in ensuring the highest quality of service is provided. So please stop by - we look forward to meeting you!

Gino Rinaldi, DSS Division Director

Administrative/Information Phone 505-955-4721

Toll-free Administration/Information Phone 866-824-8714.

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Register for Services

Individuals aged 60 or over who participate at any City of Santa Fe Senior Center or utilize the Division of Senior Services curriculum must register with our Division. We secure program funding each time a registered senior prints their name on our various sign-in sheets, e.g., meals, health screenings, fitness activities, transportation, in-home assistance, etc., which allows us to continue providing services.

Registration is free and is conducted at the Mary Esther Gonzales (MEG) Senior Center, located at 1121 Alto Street, Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. When you register, a staff member will fill out a form with you, which asks for your date of birth, the last four digits (only) of your Social Security number, an emergency contact name, and phone number, and has a brief assessment to be completed.

Eligibility For Senior Services Registration

Participants must meet the following criteria per the Older Americans Act:
Be 60 years of age or over; or be the legal spouse of a member age 60 or over, residing at the same address; or for meals only, be disabled and living at Luisa, Pasatiempo, or Villa Consuelo (senior housing).
For more information, contact Lugi Gonzales at 505-955-4711 or email: lgonzales@santafenm.gov.

 

Contact Us

Activities Programs                                  505-955-4711 Outreach                                              505-955-4721

Benefits Counseling                       

505-955-4721 Public Relations                                    505-955-4760
Family Caregiver Support Program         505-955-4745 Recreation/Fitness                                505-955-4711
Foster Grandparent Program                  505-955-4744 Respite Care Program                         505-955-4745
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren      505-955-4745 Retired Senior Volunteer Program        505-955-4760
Health Promotion                                    505-955-4711 Senior Services Registration                505-955-4711
Home Management                                505-955-4745 Senior Companion Program                 505-955-4744
Meals on Wheels                                    505-955-4748 50+ Senior Olympics Program          505-955-4725
Nutrition/Congregate Dining                   505-955-4739 Transportation                                      505-955-4700

 

Senior Services Advisory Board

The Senior Advisory Board meets on the third Wednesday of every month. The Board makes recommendations and suggestions, presents ideas, articulates needs, and expresses concerns about the issues of seniors in Santa Fe.

 

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For information on any senior center, please call the MEG Center Receptionist at 505-955-4721