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Etna Senior Center

The Happening Place for Seniors - where is it? Right at the First Congregational Church on Walnut Street. This Center is sponsored by the County of Allegheny - Department of Aging and the Borough of Etna. Allegheny County provides free lunches daily as well as other administration guidance through the Northern Area Multi Services,
and the Borough contributes monetarily to the salary of the coordinator.

Blood pressure screening is provided every last Friday of the month, mall trips through OPT (Older Persons Transportation) leave every Monday from the Center, and OPT also provides transportation to Shop-N-Save every Wednesday. Cards are played after lunch on Mondays and Thursdays, and bingo is played after lunch on Tuesdays and Fridays. Once a month, interested seniors go out to a different restaurant for "Supper Club". The Center has a paperback book, magazine and a VCR movie lending library as well for participants. Donations of any of those items would be greatly appreciated. The Christmas Boutique also welcomes new or gently used items. Donations can be dropped off at the Municipal Building. Interested, or need more information, just call (412) 781-6517 or better yet, stop in any day between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm when the Center is in full swing.

Etna Commons

The Commons, located on Hickory Street, opened in February 1991, as a residence for elderly persons of limited income who are capable of independent living. Managed by Senior Care Network, an affiliate of Presbyterian Senior Care, it is subsidized by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.). Last year, the facility received the Elderly Housing Overall Community Appeal award from the Apartment Excellence Awards Association. They also received a Superior rating last year during their inspection from H. U. D.

The building, which once housed the Etna Public High School, has been converted into 46 one„bedroom apartments with living room, bath, and fully-equipped kitchen. Each apartment has phone and cable lines and a thermostat for heating and cooling. There is an elevator in the building. The former school auditorium is now a well-lighted, comfortable recreation area. Bus service, post office, and local businesses are located just one block away.

In-house activities planned by the social committee include bingo, card games, birthday parties, prayer, and trips for those interested. The social committee concerns itself with community spirit among the residents. There is a resident manager in the building.

Residents have keys for their apartments and for the two exterior doors. Voice and visual contact with visitors allows residents to know who is seeking admission to the building and they release the door from their apartment. Emergency cords in the bathroom and bedroom enable residents to contact the manager. Each apartment has a smoke detector and fire extinguisher. The building alarm system ties in quickly with local policy, fire, and emergency personnel.

St. Francis Medical Center, in cooperation with the Greater Pittsburgh Medical Associates offers medical services in the offices located on the High Street side of the building. The Medical Center is open to all residents of Etna and surrounding communities.

For further information, call the office at (412) 782-2711 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m

Free Senior Transportation Service

There is a Free Rides for Seniors Shuttle that transports seniors in your community to grocery shopping and UPMC medical appointments in the Route 28 corridor.

Communities served by the shuttle include: Brackenridge, Cheswick, Etna, Millvale, Oakmont, Natrona Heights, Springdale, Tarentum and Verona.  The shuttle runs on different days for different communities. Please call 412-449-0151 for a schedule!

The shuttle is driven and dispatched by friendly volunteers from North Hills Community Outreach and funded by St. Margaret Foundation. The service is truly free  -- seniors (60 and older) do not pay for this service.

Seniors are encouraged to call the Kerry or Danielle at the Free Rides for Seniors office at 412-449-0151 to learn more about the shuttle.

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