On most days during the week, there’s a small group of senior citizens hanging out in the large gymnasium area of Hinds Street MB Church.
The seniors are there for a multitude of reasons, but it’s mostly for care during the day.
Hinds Street started this mission a couple years ago joining groups like Helping Hands Adult Day Care, R&N Adult Day Care and We Care Adult Day Care to fulfill a need the Rev. Thomas Morris saw in his church.
“We were looking to find more engagement for our seniors,” Morris said. “People can tend to fossilize when they have nothing to do.”
To help those seniors, and to provide more services, the church has brought in work out equipment and will be expanding the activities for the seniors at the gymnasium.
The gym won’t be just a set of equipment situated in the corner of a room. To assist the elderly with utilizing the machines, the church plans to bring in Lavante Epson, who owns and operates BUC Athletics on Walnut Street, to help supervise the exercises and activities at the gym.
“They are now in the winter of their years,” Morris said. “And we want those years to be quality years.”
Morris said the church is also leaning on its older membership to keep the church a living organization.
“The church is always in a transitional model,” Morris said. “We have to transfer the present church to the next generation to keep it alive.”
The church is holding an open house Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the Hinds Street location. The public is invited.
The gymnasium is open for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays during regular business hours. The senior care service provided by Hinds Street is not for members only, it is open to anyone in Greenville.