Senior Center Department

The Dorothy Nolan Senior Center offers numerous programs for senior citizens. The program provides subsidized nutritious meals for seniors. It promotes recreation, information, socialization and interaction for seniors in the community.

Dorothy Nolan

Dorothy Nolan was extremely active in her community. She was a teacher with the Florence Middle School and Sacaton Public Schools. Before her retirement, she was a district manager for Field Enterprise Education Corp. She had a life-long interest in youth and served as a Girl Scout leader & Cub Scout Director.

She was an advocate for seniors and served several terms on the Arizona Advisory Council for the Aging. She organized a local group to work on the problems of aging, which eventually led to the White House Conference on Aging.

Dorothy helped to organize the Pinal Council for Senior Citizens and served as their first president. She served on the Advisory Council for the Central Arizona College adult education. She was a member of the CAC Woman’s Barbershop Chorus and her church choir. Mrs. Nolan served as Past Noble Grand of the Rebekah Lodge and Chief Matriarch of the Ladies Encampment Auxiliary. She was a member of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, Pinal County Development Board, Pinal County Historical Society and she volunteered on many local charity organizations. She was the mother of two children and had several grandchildren, as well. Dorothy will always be remembered for her dedication to seniors. Her memory lives on at the Dorothy Nolan Senior Center!

A fun place to share laughs, hugs, tears & fears!

Mission Statement:

Provide fulfilling social, recreational, cultural, educational

programs and activities

for the

Senior Community of Florence

Benefits Counseling:
Benefits Counselor/Senior Center Coordinator is available the assist with Medicare questions and enrollment.

Community Action Human Resource Agency, schedules appointments on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. The agency assists low income seniors and persons with utility help, housing rehab & weatherization. Call 466-1112 to make an appointment.

Guardian Angel Program:
Emergency units are connected to you home phone line to call 911 during an emergency. Volunteers from the Police Department install the units on a donation basic. They program the units and instruct the user on how to use it. They also install key lock boxes for emergency use only as well. Call for program details and to schedule your installation.

We maintain a reference book on any senior services we are aware of. The book includes information on Medical; Legal, Housing, Utility, Long Term Care, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Transportation and many other senior topics. It is located on the front counter and available for use any time. Ask staff to assist you in locating your area of need.

Formal grievance procedures are available at the center for your convenience.

Telephone Reassurance Program:
7-Days a Week senior volunteers call to check on your well-being. This free service gives peace of mind to seniors living alone.

Volunteer Opportunities:
The senior center couldn’t operate without volunteers. Numerous jobs are available. Stop by to visit with the center coordinator.

Wellness Seminar:
Various informative seminars are held on senior health and wellness topics. A diabetic clinic is held each month as well.

Social Services:
The senior center is your community information resource center. We have information available on transportation, medical info, prescriptions, housing, utility assistance, and more.

Once a month by Mary Helen. Please call for an appointment. The cost is $14.00

Blood Pressure:
2nd Tuesday of each month, by our local Fire Department.

Crafts are done several times during the month. The crafts are posted on our calendar and the monthly craft flyer. Samples are displayed in the center on our front bulletin board. Sign-ups are required one week in advance to allow staff time to purchase supplies. Cost: Supply cost; vary per craft, usually under $5.00.

Every day there’s a competitive games going on. It’s all so much fun.

Social Cards:
Come in and play cards with friends. Teach or learn a new card game.

Thursday at 12:15 pm. A volunteer shop for great food prizes. Players are limited to 3 cards and play according to normal bingo rules. Prizes range in value from .25-$1.00. We purchase approximately $30.00 in prizes each week. Cost: N/A.

Knit-Wits Knitting Club:
Wednesdays at 12:15 pm. The group gets to together to teach, share ideas or knit for special projects.

Pool Tables, Shuffleboard, Wii, and Horse Shoe Pit:
There are many games and activities to keep you busy. Join the morning group that loves to play!

Fitness Equipment:
Work out in our fitness area. All the equipment is commercial grade. We have one-treadmill, one recumbent bike, one abdominal machine, a weight bench and several free weights. There’s enough here to keep you in great shape.

Various fitness sessions are held at the center on a monthly basis. We also have a walking program, weather permitting.

Friday Movie Matinee:
Time: 12:10. Catch a new release on a lazy Friday afternoon. Call or stop by the center to find out what’s playing.

Dinner Club:
On one Tuesday a month we try a different restaurant. Cost: $12.00 + your meal cost.

Home Style Lunch:
Each Friday we serve a special home-cooked staff or volunteer prepared meal. We alternate the menu to provide a variety of delicious meals. Cost: Suggested Donation of $4.00.

Grocery Shopping:
1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. we take you to Coolidge for groceries or errands. Stops are made at Wal-Mart, Safeway and Shoppes. Let the driver know which stop you want. Please call prior to Monday morning to get on the pick-up list. Let us know if you will be going regularly or on a will call basis. Cost: $4.00. We also take a trip to the Anthem Safeway on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 12:15 as well. Cost is $4.00 also.

Special Events:
Almost every month we host a special event at the center. Examples of the events we plan are: Western Night, Cinco De Mayo Celebration, Fifty’s Dance, Luau, Thanksgiving dinner, and others. We post these events in our quarterly brochure. The brochure gives all the details on the events. There is a charge to cover the entertainment refreshment, and food cost. These events bring in 60+ seniors to dance, laugh and enjoy some fun times.

Meal Procedures

Title III Services (congregate meals are provided in part by Pinal – Gila council for Senior Citizens, DES Aging & Adult Administration and the Older American Act and the Town of Florence.  Meals prepared by a registered dietitian.

  • Meals are offered for a donation if you or your spouse is 60 years of age.
  • Meals are offered at a suggested donation of $4.00
  • Meal Reservation needs to be made no later than Wednesday, by 2:00 pm. For the following week.
  • You must be signed in by 11:00 to get your meal.
  • Meal reservations are held until 11:00. If you are not here by then you will loose your meal reservation for the day.
  • If we sell out of the regular meal we offer an alternative over Flow meal. Participants will be made aware of the meal and may choose to stay or not. Meal will be offered at the same donation price of $4.00
  • Over flow meals will be offered until 11:00 am. After that time we will not offer the overflow meals. This allows us time to prepare the proper amounts.
  • The participant must sign in for themselves, unless physically unable. A spouse or Co-Habitant may sign in, pay and receive a meal ticket for each other.
  • Participants are encouraged to remain in the building after purchasing meal ticket.
  • Meals will be guaranteed for Senior Center van riders coming in on the van.
  • Participants may place their tickets at the meal tables to save their seats, please don’t move someone else’s ticket.
  • Any food left over after the meals have been served will be disposed of.
  • Visitors are allowed but must pay the $4.00 meal cost. They must be on the reservation list, or if we have meals left for the day after 11:00 we will be able to serve them a regular meal.

Nutritional Information

A chart of the nutritional information for the monthly meal is available at the front desk by the sign in book.


Transportation is provided for meals, programs, and activities or daily errands. The van is equipped with a wheelchair lift and transports seniors to and from the center from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration is required call the Senior Center for cost.

Senior Van Program
The Senior Van provides transportation to the Center for meals, programs and activities or daily errands. The van is equipped with a wheelchair lift.  Pick-ups are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 11:30am.  Registration in advance is required for van scheduling.  Please call 868-7622.  We do not do medical transport.

Trip Registration Procedures
Registration must be done in person.  You may sign-up yourself and one other person. Payment must be made at the time you sign up. Trip deadlines are posted on the flyers.  Trips are available for sign-up as soon as the brochure is distributed or the monthly calendar is published.   The trips are cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not met by the deadline. Cancellations may be made by phone.  Refunds are issued if cancellation is done two week prior to trip and if we are able to fill your spot from the waiting list.  Waiting list for each trip is established if necessary.  No alcohol is permitted on the vans.