In 1984, Shelby Lions made application for a H.U.D. loan to build a 40-unit senior living complex in Shelby, NC. Lions Senior Village is located at 211 North Morgan Street and is within walking distance of uptown Shelby. The complex was dedicated in 1986. Lions Senior Village provides HUD subsidized housing for low income seniors, age 62 and older, who, in turn, contribute less than 30 percent of their adjusted income toward their housing costs. Lions Senior Village has 40 one-bedroom efficiency apartments that are adapted especially for the elderly and disabled so that residents can continue to manage dai-ly activities despite functional limitations. The complex is managed by RPM, Inc. in Winston-Salem, NC and is staffed by a full-time Property Manager and Social Service Coordinator. Six members of Shelby Lions Club participate on the Lions Senior Village Board of Directors.
Lions Senior Village residents enjoy a variety of daily activities and programs, including Bible study, bingo, exercise classes, computer classes, monthly blood pressure check, a farmers market that comes to the property twice a month, onsite flu shots given by the Cleveland County health department, and a wide variety of educational and health-related programs each month. Lions Senior Village also has a Resident Council that plans and implements social and other activities for the residents. Social activities have included a fall picnic, Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by Shelby Lions Club, and Christmas dinner and a selection of parties, dinners, and lunches throughout the year.
In addition to 40 one-bedroom handicap accessible apartments, Lions Senior Village also includes a Community Room, a library, PC workstations, and a laundry room. While the Community Room hosts dinners and lunches from time to time and serves as a meeting / relaxation point for residents, it is also made available to the Shelby Lions Club for board meetings and other club activities.
Lions Senior Village was the first of two low-income, senior living apartments sponsored by Shelby Lions Club. West Warren Manor was dedicated nearly twenty years ago and is the result of a joint initiative between the Shelby Lions Club and Shelby Senior Center Council on Aging. Five members of the Shelby Lions Club continue to serve on the Board of Directors at West War-ren manor.
Shelby Lions Club members are very proud of bringing these low-income, senior living apartments to North Carolina and continue to serve their needs by serving on the Boards of Directors.
Submitted by Dianne Freeman, Social Service Coordinator, Lions Senior Village and Lion Dave Titus, Shelby Lions Club