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Senior Services

Senior Nutrition

Welcome to Neti’s Place Senior Center! We are happy to provide FREE nutritious meals to individuals aged 55+ every Monday – Friday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. We serve an entrée, a vegetable, fruit, a grain, and limited drinks. Seniors are welcome to bring their own drink if something other than milk, water, tea, or coffee is preferred. Due to COVID restrictions, there is limited seating capacity. All meals are served on location at 360 E Marietta St Decatur, IL 62521. 

 

It costs the Empowerment Opportunity Center $7 to make each meal and donations are appreciated! Participants under the age of 55 will be required to purchase a meal at the $7 rate. Spouses of individuals that are 55+ years of age can also dine for no cost. Check out our monthly menu every month below! It will also be posted to our Facebook page.

How does It Work?

Our Senior Center is located on the second floor of our office at 360 E Marietta St. When you come inside, the receptionist will direct you towards the elevator. Once in our Center, our Senior Services Specialist will inform you on our policies & procedures. To verify you meet our age requirements we will ask for a proof of photo identification that shows your birth date. You’ll be asked to fill out a Nutrition Form for the year of 2022. Once that has been completed you will be given a “Participant Nutrition Card”. Please show this card to our servers every time you come in to dine so that we may verify that we already have your information on file. Our servers will then kindly serve you & you are welcome to participate in any of the activities we offer. 

This Month’s Menu (Will be updated soon!)

02 Feb. 2022 Menu-1

Senior Activities

As we grow our Senior Services, we will begin adding activities for Seniors at Neti’s Place. Currently available we have the activities listed below that are provided every Monday – Friday during the lunch hour from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. 

We are still in the process of reaching out to resources within Macon County to provide fun, interactive programs for Seniors. Check back for more details and a schedule of activities. The schedule will also be available on our Facebook page.

Lunch Hour Activities

Portrait Painting
Rock Painting
Card Designing
Board Games
Coloring Pages

Sudoku
Crossword Puzzles
Color-by-Numbers
Word Searches

Senior Transportation

Senior Transportation

The Empowerment Opportunity Center proudly provides FREE transportation for the Senior Residents of Macon County. We can transport you to fulfill your shopping needs and to medical appointments. This program is on a first come, first basis. A donation of $5 per ride is suggested. Due to limited driver availability, we cannot provide transportation outside of the Macon County area. This includes but isn’t limited to transportation to Springfield, Bloomington, Champaign, and areas surrounding Macon County. Please call as far in advance as possible to guarantee a ride we’ll be available at the time you need. Find out how to schedule transportation below!

How do I schedule Transportation?

The Transportation Process consists of four steps. This process must be completed step-by-step before any transportation can be scheduled. The steps are as follows:

  1. Completing Application & Verifying Qualification
  2. Collecting Required Documentation
  3. Creating Client File
  4. Scheduling Appointments

Step 1: Completing Application & Verifying Qualification

1. Must be at least 55 years of age.
2. Must reside within the Macon County area.
3. Must fall within Macon County’s Low-Income 2022 Guidelines
4. Must be able to provide the required documentation provided in Step 2.
5. We do not have a wheelchair accessible vehicle at this time & cannot assist those that rely upon a wheelchair/motor chair.

Step 2: Collecting Required Documentation

We are required to collect the necessary documentation before scheduling transportation. If you have received assistance from any other EOC program such as LIHEAP, PIPP, Weatherization, or Rental/Mortgage assistance, we may already have the documentation in office. Please let us know so that we can work with that department to expedite the transportation process.

  1. Photo ID
  2. Last 4 Digits of Social Security Number
  3. Awarded Benefit Amount
  4. Proof of SNAP
  5. Proof of Medical Coverage / Medicaid Benefits
  6. 30-Day Income Documentation for all household members (See note below)

NOTE: This includes, but not limited to:

Employment – Unemployment – Child support – SSI – SSDI – TANF – Funds other people have given you to assist covering bills.

Step 3: Creating Client File

After collecting the required documentation, we will build your client file. The information provided by the client/ individual will be on file for the current year and will need to be replaced at the start of each new year. 

Step 4: Scheduling Appointments

Once the client file has been built, we can begin scheduling transportation. You may call our offices, email us, or fill out this Transportation Appointment Form. You can find our office number & email below!

How do I get in contact?

Call Us At:

Senior Services Office 

(217)-428-4148 

Empowerment Opportunity Center 

(217)-428-0155 Extension: 1300

Email Us At:

senior@empowerdecatur.org

Holidays

The following days are observed by our staff. No meal service will be available. See each month’s menu for any other closings not listed below.

NEW YEARS DAY
MLK DAY
PRESIDENT’S DAY
GOOD FRIDAY
MEMORIAL DAY
4TH OF JULY

LABOR DAY
THANKSGIVING DAY
DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING
CHRISTMAS EVE
CHRISTMAS DAY
NEW YEAR’S EVE