Frequently Asked Questions?

Do you have to be over 60 to join the Senior Center?
No, our membership begins at 50 years of age; however, we accept membership from anyone who would like to support our organization. We currently serve over 1039 active members.

I’m afraid I will be the youngest (or the oldest) one at the Center; what is the average age?
The average age of membership is 74, but our members range in age from 50 to 90+.

I don’t live in Chelsea; can I still join?
Yes, our Senior Center is open to seniors living in the Chelsea area AND surrounding communities.

May I come for lunch at the Senior Center?
Yes, everyone is invited to join us for for lunch. The Senior Nutrition Program is a partnership between the Chelsea Senior Center and Chelsea Schools and is funded by Area Agency on Aging 1B through Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development. Diners over 60 who register with the Senior Nutrition Program (Chelsea Senior Center membership not required) are able to enjoy lunch for a $3 suggested donation. People under 60 and those who choose not to register for the Senior Nutrition Program pay $5. We ask that you call 734.475.9242 at least 24 hours in advance to make your reservation.

We also offer a Meals on Wheels option for home-bound seniors. Ask our staff for more information.

What if I am no longer driving?
Many Chelsea Senior Center members carpool or ride the W.A.V.E bus to the Center. The W.A.V.E. (Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express) offers transportation for Chelsea and Dexter residents, including door-to-door bus service in the Chelsea and Dexter area. They can be reached at 734.475.9494. We also have our C2S2 Program that will work to match you with a volunteer who can provide occasional rides. 

How can I make a tax-deductible donation?
The Chelsea Senior Center accepts in-kind and cash donations. When you donate to the Chelsea Senior Center, you will receive a receipt for you to use when preparing your taxes. For in-kind donations, please contact our staff to discuss the Center’s needs. To make a donation online, see our Personal Giving page.

What do I get if I become a Chelsea Senior Center member?
Membership in the Chelsea Senior Center entitles you to a newsletter mailed each month and a discounted (or member) rate for most programs, trips, and classes. Your annual membership supports our operations and programs, so that we can continue to be a vital part of our community.

Thanks to a generous donor, we have a scholarship fund that can help with costs for membership and wellness programs such as exercise, yoga, or tai chi. Please contact the Director for more information.

What are the Center’s regular hours?
Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm. Please leave a message if you call after hours. We will contact you when we return to the office.

Where is the Senior Center located?
512 Washington Street, Chelsea, MI 48118 also known as Washington Street Education Center / WSEC / Old Chelsea High School.

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