Georgia Swayzer recently started going to the jewelry making activity for seniors at Milroy Community Center in the Heights and already loves it because of the time she gets to spend with others.
Swayzer, who lives alone, said she also uses the time during the activity, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Tuesday, to get out of the house.
“I come over here and we fellowship and I really enjoy it,” Swayzer said.
Milroy Community Center, located at 1205 Yale St., is one of a few community centers in the area that other free activities to people age 55 and older as part of a citywide program within Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department. The other local gathering places are Candlelight Community Center at 1520 Candlelight Ln. and Highland Community Center at 3316 De Soto St.
After making jewelry at Milroy, some seniors stay to play cards, dominoes and other table games.
Milroy also offers quilt making from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesdays, and a few of the seniors who enjoy jewelry making go to quilting as well.
Jean Gilbreath has been coming to Milroy’s senior activities since 2016 and loves that she gets to be a part of something creative.
“I learned to sew and made a quilt, and I really enjoyed that,” Gilbreath said.
The jewelry making usually includes about 14 seniors, while quilting has about seven.
The time during the activities aren’t restricted to jewelry and quilts. Participants also do different kinds of crafts, such as recycled and seasonal-themed ones.
Earlier in the summer, the seniors that go to Milroy created recycled bags. One was a purse made of common grocery store bags crocheted together. Another was a tote bag made of an old animal feed bag.
While they enjoy the crafts, the seniors love the socializing aspect the time at the community center gives them.
“They celebrate holidays, birthdays and special occasions. It’s a group-led effort,” said Roslyn Boyce, a recreational facility manager for the Parks and Recreation Department. “Everybody contributes their ideas as well as their talents. It’s a social group as well.”
For more information about the senior activities at Milroy, call 713-867-0397.
Highland Community Center offers a senior fitness program from 10-11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call 713-956-9137.
Candlelight Community Center hasn’t yet fully implemented its senior activities but is expected to have them soon. For more information, call 713-682-3587.