To be a truly democratic organization that is closed to no one because of race, creed, age or sex; that operates openly and effectively in pursuit of its social purposes. To assist and encourage older persons to be active and effective citizens and participants in the economic, social, cultural and political life of their community and nation. To promote and encourage the participation of senior citizens in the Southwest Side Seniors Service Organization, the Garfield Ridge Satellite Senior Center and associations throughout the City of Chicago. To support and advocate a variety of policies, laws, and programs that promote the general welfare and the interest of senior citizens. To operate the Southwest Side Seniors Service Organization, the Garfield Ridge Satellite Senior Center and fulfill the duties and responsibilities set forth in any agreements concerning operations of the center.
The Southwest Side Seniors Service Organization is the operator of the Garfield Ridge Satellite Senior Center in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. The organization was incorporated on June 6, 1994. The organization opened the doors of their original senior center under the organization's name in May of 1996. In May of 2008, the senior center was moved to its present location. The senior center provides health and wellness, educational, social and recreational programs to seniors aged 60+ and the "Baby Boomers Club", those aged 55-59. The Golden Diners hot lunch program is also available.
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