Recreation Center for Older Adults (RCOA)
In the early 1960s, members Elaine Fuller and Martha Sumners recognized the existing need for senior adult services in Houston as they faced the need for having to care for aging parents and grandparents. They influenced HJF to launch a program for seniors.
Services provided included low-cost hot lunches prepared onsite, classes in weaving, bridge, painting, dance and crafts, exercise, ceramics, computers, beading, needlework, quilting, sewing, and the Lifelong Learning lecture series. A gift shop was maintained to offer clients a venue for selling items they created in classes.
Several clients also provided entertainment as members of a senior band called the “Swinging Strings.” HJF volunteers were involved in all aspects of teaching and managing the services of the center with the assistance of a professional director. In summer of 2004 senior services closed due to low participation at RCOA.
Currently, HJF members serve senior adults in a variety of locations in partnership with several Houston organizations.