Why we are here The philosophy of the Monroe Center is that aging is a normal developmental process, that human beings need peers with whom they can interact and who are available as a source of encouragement and support, and that older adults have the right to a voice in determining maters in which they have a vital interest. The Monroe Center prides itself on leadership in services to older adults and the community. Volunteers provide the key ingredient in this mission by making a commitment of their time, talents and expertise. How we got here In the 1950s, retired seniors began volunteering in the kitchen and leading social and recreational activities. By 1960, volunteer and professional services were expanded to help older adults who were frail, homebound, and in need of services. In 1970, the Center was incorporated and federal and state grants were obtained to expand services over the years. The Monroe Center had been housed near the old Coca-Cola plant on Front Street, the United Way building on S. Monroe Street, and then in 1978 moved to the Mable Kehres building. In 1980, a county senior millage was passed which helps to support the Monroe Center, along with member dues, donations, fund raising, corporate support, and in-kind services. What we do The Monroe Center is open seven days a week, including holidays and offers a wide variety of services and activities, which include fitness classes, art and hobby activities, health education events, meal program support groups, cards and bingo, and music and dance lessons. Our commitment to Monroe County is to be a leader in services and supports that provide opportunities for quality lifestyles and healthy aging!