Saraland Seniors Feel Forced Out of Senior Center

Saraland Seniors Feel Forced Out of Senior Center

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William Lucas has been delivering meals on his own wheels for years.

"I enjoy talking to the ladies because some of them don't have anyone to talk to. And if I can think of a clean joke to make them laugh, I tell it!" says Lucas.

Ten meals a day, four days a week. But recently, Meals on Wheels expanded their schedule to include every day of the week. Which presented a problem. The Sunshine Club meets at the senior center on Thursdays each week for lunch, causing crews with Meals on Wheels to move all their equipment next door to the civic center kitchen for one day.

"It's a hassle because that's the senior center, not Sunshine Club. And you have to move your meals from over there and move them over here and move all the ice chests that they use," says Lucas.

A gentleman with the Sunshine Club says the senior center was built for their purposes and that they have been meeting for 20 years in other places like the civic center until the senior center was built.

But despite this inconvenience, Lucas says he'll go on delivering meals as long as he's able because he loves the families and friends he's made.

We spoke with current Mayor Dr. Howard Rubenstein who explained that ten years ago, former Mayor Ken Williams told the Sunshine Club they could meet at the Senior Center once it was built. Since it has only been two months since Meals on Wheels started service on Thursdays, they didn't see a problem with the cooking crew moving their equipment just 30 feet away to the kitchen at the civic center. I asked mayor Rubenstein about a compromise, but he says there is not enough room for both groups to be in the dining area at the same time.

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