Barnes Named Di­rec­tor Of Lin­coln Se­nior Cen­ter

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - COMMUNITY - By Lynn Kut­ter EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

LIN­COLN — The new di­rec­tor of Lin­coln Se­nior Cen­ter grew up in Lin­coln and has man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence with Ar­vest Bank and Lit­tle Deb­bie Com­pany in Gen­try.

Karen Barnes al­ready re­tired once about three years ago but when the po­si­tion be­came open, she was in­ter­ested in re­turn­ing to the work­force.

“I have lots of ex­pe­ri­ence and I thought my ex­pe­ri­ence would help it and con­trib­ute some­thing to it,” Barnes said.

She was branch man­ager for Ar­vest Bank in Lin­coln and worked in a su­per­vi­sory role for Lit­tle Deb­bie.

Barnes started with the cen­ter less than two months ago but said she al­ready thinks she is go­ing to love the job and hopes to help the cen­ter grow. She said she knew a lit­tle about the se­nior cen­ter be­cause she had vis­ited with her mother but didn’t re­al­ize how ac­tive it is and how im­por­tant the cen­ter is to the com­mu­nity.

“It is so in­ter­est­ing,” Barnes said. “The goal of the Se­nior Cen­ter as a whole is to raise funds to feed more peo­ple. The more money we raise, the more money they ( the fed­eral govern­ment) will give us for food.”

Barnes re­cently at­tended a meet­ing spon­sored by the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and was sur­prised by the num­ber of se­nior adults and chil­dren who go hun­gry.

“They talked about the need in northwest Arkansas so my goal is to make the cen­ter the best it can be and to raise enough money to help feed the hun­gry in our area,” she said.

In Fe­bru­ary, the cen­ter de­liv­ered 734 meals to home­bound se­niors and served 645 meals at the cen­ter. Meals are planned by a di­eti­tian with Area Agency on Ag­ing in Har­ri­son.

Lin­coln Se­nior Cen­ter is a busy place. Se­niors play Bingo twice a week, have mu­sic groups, a weekly Bi­ble study, play cards and en­joy a hot meal with a salad bar each week­day. The cen­ter also has trips planned to go to the Aza­lea Fes­ti­val in Muskogee, Okla., and to the Women’s Film Fes­ti­val in Ben­tonville.

“Se­nior adults love com­ing here, have a good lunch and en­joy in­ter­act­ing with each other,” Barnes said.

The cen­ter is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon­day-Fri­day.

LYNN KUT­TER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Karen Barnes is new di­rec­tor of Lin­coln Se­nior Cen­ter.

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