In August of 2007, the Village of Oswego Senior Advisory Council began a congregate meal program under the auspices of the Village with funding by the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging in the basement of Good Shepherd Church. Fifty six seniors were served at our first meal. We organized Bingo and Bunco games (complying with state and local laws and regulations) in conjunction with the meals and include educational and nutritional talks. Due to the popularity of the program we quickly outgrew the church basement. An intergovernmental agreement between the Village of Oswego and Oswego School District gave us the opportunity to move into Old Traughber School at Franklin and Washington streets in February, 2009. The meal program provides meals two days a week and we have added various activities on three additional days. The various activities are scheduled five days a week, Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the former school cafeteria and include a few additional offices and classrooms. Current activities include line dancing, computer classes, various card and board games, continued educational programs, community gardening and exercise classes. Newer programs have been started including yoga, tai chi, chronic disease self-management, etc. We added the services of other organizations, to include Senior Services for case management, Kendall County Veterans’ Assistance Commission and SHIP/Senior Health Insurance Program.
The Kendall County Health Department provides caretaker counseling and the VNA and Rush Copley Hospital are providing blood pressures and diabetes tests. The Veterans Assistance Commission and Senior Service Association have satellite offices in our facility. Days and hours vary.
Our Senior Center is devoted to keeping seniors (residents 55 years of age and older) active and thereby improving their quality of life and levels of independence.