Senior Program


Senior Program Contact

fax: 509-258-8883
PO Box 100
Wellpinit, WA. 99040 

News & Updates from the Spokane Tribe Senior Center

The 21st Annual Elders Luncheon was held Thursday May 4, 2017 at the Wellpinit Middle/High School Gym. The day was great and it was a hot one. We had visitors from the Colville, Coeur D' Alene, Puyallup, Tullalip, Blackfeet, Turtle Mtn. Chippewa, Haida, Entiat, West Bank, Kalispel, Nez Perce, Nooksack, Inchelium, Osage, Salish, Athabascan, and the Spokane Tribe present. We have a long list of Thank You's going out, please know that if i failed to mention our program/name I am sorry, but please know that your generosity is appreciated more then you know. Pat Austin took charge getting things in order for this event with the help of the Senior Program Staff. Pat Austin made her famous Biscuits, Fry Bread and Chicken-n-Dumplings. The Senior Program Staff, Jenny Smallwood, Alyssa Ford, Wendy Samuels-Peone, Vern Ford, and Jamie Pascal made all the of the bags that were handed out, the lanterns on the tables, as well as the meal that was served. The staff from the Preservation Office ~ John, Chris C., Marie, Laura, Donald, Marc, Chris F., Mike and Brandon helped with all the prep work, meal preparation, delivering the food to the meal site and returned tables and chairs. Pat Austin, Terry Evans, Donald Kieffer, Monica Tonasket, Nora Flett, Elima Bird, Jolene Peone, Alvina Andrews, Clarissa Thatcher, Darryl Covington, Family from the Colville Rez (donated tee-pee lamps and pillows) donated items to the raffle/door prize drawing. A couple from the Tullalip Rez gave the Senior Staff handmade cedar roses in a beautiful basket (their Thank You to us for inviting them to our luncheon). Ann Ford-Erin Abrahamson-Christine McCrea-Dutch Brisbois-Troy Weyher, and kids from the West End Youth Center made all of the Ya-Ya's and Selah's that were on the tables. Tammy Kieffer-Angie Andrew- and kids from the Ford Youth Center made necklaces and bracelets that were given out. Headstart  Staff and Kids made cute Center Piece's. Everyone present was told that the centerpieces were gifts and they could take what they wanted. Bob Brisbois ans the Elementary students drummed, sang and danced. Bob has done and excellent job with these kids and their singing/drumming/dancing was beautiful. Velma Brehm and the Wellpinit Middle School students offered a prayer in Salish before the meal was served. Another awesome group and beautiful prayer. The ladies from Empire Health helped serve food, along with the JROTC staff/students, HHS Staff, Kara Finley, Monica Tonasket and Robi & Daniel G. The JROTC students, Sargent Ski and Major Cusick  who were available throughout the day helping where ever needed. The Wellpinit School District for allowing us to hold this event in their facility. Francis Smith, Benny Hill, Matt Salinas helped deliver and return tables and chairs. Charlotte Vivian and Donna Abbott ran the registration and door prizes table. The Housing Department., VFW and STBC gave a cash donation for this event. Randy Bowen, my go to guy to call BINGO. Randy does an awesome job and he is entertaining :). Tammy Kieffer and Marie Eli ran the raffle table. Ann Ford, Christine McCrea, Angie Andrew, Penny Hughes, Trevor Peone, Camille Brisbois ran the Brunch tables. Ric Samuels from the Chewelah Casino delivered Diabetic Friendly Brunch items. Ray Peone helped kept the 100 cup coffee pots going and helped get the huge pot of Chicken-n-Dumplings delivered. Shireen Brigman and Jackie Johnson shared dreid camas that they gathered. Pat Moses helped with the recognition of the Veterans that were present. Each one of them received a 6-foot-long, extra thick, red, white and blue towel that could be used as a blanket. We recognized the van/bus drivers, they each receivced a collapsible lunch bag with a coffee cup and various other items in their bags. Tawhnee Colvin, Nora Flett, Leelah Andrew, Teresa Pope were also helpers throughout the day. The oldest Tribal Members present, male-Clarence LeBret-Spokane Tribe and female-Frances Shultz-Spokane Tribe. They each received native designed fleece blankets. There were 3 local vendors and 2 visiting vendors who set up at the Elders Luncheon. There is alot of work put into the Annual Elders Luncheon and with the help from all of you this would not be as successful as it is. Thank You ~ Lemlmts

Now that our Annual Elders Luncheon has come and gone we will be traveling to other Tribal Elders Luncheons. Please note dates and time in the attached calendar.

At the time we submitted to the Rawhide we did not have a date for the Elders Houseboat day. Please watch for a notice about this event.

We will be having an Elders BBQ and Ice Cream Social please watch for the dates and times fir these events as well. We can always use helpers for these events.

We have seen the notices in the Rawhide, on the TV and on the internet anout SCAMS that are going around via phone, e-mail, snail mail, etc... Please remember that if it's to good to be true its most likely a SCAM. Do your research before giving anyone your personal information or money!

If the person delivering your meals does not feel comfortable driving through your driveway because of the snow/mud you will be notified via phone.

Nora Flett and Ed Hughes will be at the Senior Center every Tuesday and Wednesday at 11 am- 12 pm. to do Elder friendly exercises. We have a small group who that is growing and there always room for more. The Stay Active and Independent for Life (S.A.I.L) exercise classes are great. There is support and a lot of laughter during this time. You are encouraged to attend and be active with peers. 

Still trying to find interested individuals!!! There is an Elder who would like to get an interested group of Elders together to start having jam sessions (music) & card games at the Senior Center. If you are interested please let us know so we can get some jam sessions and card games going. Come to the Senior Center and have a cup of coffee and visit and catch up with friends and share some stories with one another.

Staff from St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center will be at the Senior Center to talk to Elders about Senior Safety in the home and Elder Friendly exercises - 1pm - 3pm, please call the Senior Center if you have any questions. Every month we will be having similar meetings, at this time we do not have a schedule but are working to get the dates and times confirmed so that we can share them with you. Please call the Senior Center if you have questions or Nora Flett at 258-7502.

Meals are served at 12pm Tuesday thru Friday at the Senior Center unless otherwise noted. The delivery drivers leave the Senior Center between 9:30am - 10:30am. If you are not going to be home please call the Senior Center before 9am to have your meal canceled for the day.

Thank You to everyone who does call in and/or tells the delivery driver in advance when you will not be home for your meal. This really does help with the morning prep work. Thank You again!

Are you interested in becoming involved with the Elders in our community? If so, please stop by the Senior Center and inquire about becoming a part of the Elder Advisory Committee. This committee meets once a month every 2nd Tuesday 10am @ the Senior Center. Unless noted otherwise.

Tuesdays are scheduled craft days but feel free to come to the Senior Center daily to work on crafts. A lot of material has been donated and there are sewing machines available to use.


                         *ACTIVITY SCHEDULE*

Wednesday 5/3/17 - Meals will not be served or delivered today. Preparing for the Elders Luncheon

Thursday 5/4/17 - 21st Annual Elders Luncheon @ the Wellpinit High School Gymnasium, meals will not be delivered today

Tuesday 5/9/17 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm

Wednesday 5/10/17 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm

Tuesday 5/16/17 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm

Wednesday 5/17/17 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm

Thursday 5/18/17 - Yakima Nation Elders Dinner  - Leave the Senior Center @ 6am

Friday 5/19/17 - Colville Tribe Elders Dinner in Omak - Leave the Senior Center @ 6am

Tuesday 5/23/17 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm

Wednesday 5/24/17 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm

Monday 5/29/17 - Senior Center Closed ~ Memorial Day

Tuesday 5/30/17 - No Meals Today - Staff Grocery Shopping

Wednesday 5/31/17 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm

Thursday 6/1/17 - BINGO after lunch

Friday 6/2/17 - Nez Perce Elders Dinner - Leave the Senior Center @ 6am




                                         *PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE*

The Public Health Nurse stops by the Senior Center on Tuesdays to check blood pressures and oxygen levels. She is usually here from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. if you would like to stop by and see her.

~~~~~Please note that if meals will not be delivered or served at the Senior Center, activities usually scheduled for that day will be canceled as well!!!~~~~~


*If you are not going to be home please call the Senior Center before 9:00 a.m. to have your meal canceled for the day.


Senior Program Menu

All Meals will be served with Milk
Menu subject to change.


Mon.5/8/17 Tues. 5/9/17 Wed. 5/10/17 Thurs. 5/11/17 Fri. 5/12/17

No Meals Today

French Toast, Hash Browns, Sausage, & Fruit Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy, Veggie & Fruit Chicken Tetrazzini, Veggie, Fruit & Dessert Beef Stew, Roll & Fruit
Mon. 5/15/17 Tues. 5/16/17 Wed. 5/17/17 Thurs. 5/18/17 Fri. 5/19/17
No Meals Today BLT Sandwich, Macaroni Salad, Chips & Fruit Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy, Veggie, Fruit & Pudding

Yakima Nation Elders Luncheon - Leave the Senior Center @ 6am - No Meals Today

Colville Tribe Elders Dinner in Okanogan - Leave the Senior Center @ 6am - No Meals Today
Mon. 5/22/17 Tues. 5/23/17  Wed. 5/24/17 Thurs. 5/25/17 Fri. 5/26/17
No Meals Today Pork Chops, Stuffing, Veggie, Fruit & Jell-O Chicken Strips, Mac & Cheese, Veggie & Fruit Kalispel Elders Luncheon - Leave Senior Center @ 9am - No Meals Today Bow Tie Spinach Salad, Turkey Sandwich & Fruit
Mon. 5/29/17 Tues. 5/30/17 Wed. 5/31/17 Thurs. 6/1/17 Fri. 6/2/17
Senior Center Closed - Memorial Day No Meals Today - Grocery Shopping

Tomato Soup, Ham & Cheese Sticks, Fruit & Dessert


Hamburger Goulash, Veggie, Fruit & Pudding

Nez Perce Elders Day - Leave Senior Center @ 6am - No Meals Today
Mon.6/5/17 Tues. 6/6/17 Wed. 6/7/17 Thurs. 6/8/17 Fri. 6/9/17

No Meals Today

Chicken Rice Bake, Veggie, Fruit & Dessert Hamburger Gravy over Mashed Potatoes, Veggie, Fruit & Jell-O Tater Tot Casserole w/ Veggies & Fruit Pasta Salad, Ham & Cheese Sandwich, & Fruit
Mon. 6/12/17 Tues. 6/13/17 Wed. 6/14/17 Thurs. 6/15/17 Fri. 6/16/17

No Meals Today


Chef Salad, Garlic Toast, Fruit & Pudding

Leave for Tulalip @ 11am from the Senior Center - No Meals Today

Tulalip Elders Dinner - Mo Meals Today

Deli Sandwich, Chips & Fruit