Island Senior: Valentines Across Generations

Valentines Made by Spring Street School Students – Elena Porten photo

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae.

Islanders receiving delivered meals last Friday from our Meals on Wheels program received an extra message of Valentine’s Day love from the younger generation.

Two groups of young people, students from Friday Harbor’s Spring Street International School and members of YAAS, Young Adult Association of San Juan Island contributed valentines for Meals on Wheels. YAAS is a social and community service-oriented group for young adults with disabilities.

Besides lending their creativity to making Valentines for Meals on Wheels recipients, members of YAAS Have also been crossing the generational divide to attend the Mullis Center’s popular Chair Yoga Zoom class on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm and Wellness Happy Hour on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Wellness Happy Hour is described as “A joyful movement class to improve your quality of life! Get ready to brighten your mood, shrapen your mind, and lighten your heart.”

Both classes taught by Katerina Wen have welcomed our young friends. If interested please contact Anna Coffelt (360-370-7520 or The addition of youthful energy gives these classes even more of a bright spot for your day.

Senior Services Specialist Debbie Haagensen adds Valentines to Meals on Wheels – Contributed photo

The other source for Meals on Wheels Valentines came from students of Friday Harbor’s Spring Street International School. The Spring Street campus, in order to open school safely this year, has safety protocols in place including replacing seminar tables with desks 6 feet apart. Requiring more space has included holding classes in otherwise currently unused spaces, due to the pandemic; in the Mullis Center.

If you are a senior or disabled adult and find shopping for or preparing meals a challenge contact San Juan County Senior Services Specialist Debbie Haagensen (360-370-7526 or for information about the Meals on Wheels program. Meals on Wheels is a donation-based program; participants pay what they can afford.

Posted on February 16, 2021 at 5:30 am by

Categories: Community, Island Senior

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