“There’s nothing to do with this town — I mean, if you’re old. Well, I’m not old yet, but I’m getting there,” says Kaohn, who began attending the center around 20 years ago, emphasizing that you don’t have to be a senior citizen to eat at the center. “We’ve got to have a place to go make friends. You know, this town is dead. There’s nothing here.”
“Well, don’t say that, because we like Greenfield,” pipes up Fitches, who began visiting the senior center when it reopened a few months ago. She shares that she loves it so much that she found an apartment within walking distance so she could get there more easily.
“I met these people and I think they’re wonderful,” Fitches says. “I love them all. Every day, I wake up and this is what I look forward to.”
By Kaitlyn McConnell, writer in residence for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
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