In the mid-1960s, art teacher Evelyn Siegel was an active member National Council of Jewish Women - Fort Worth Section where she was assigned to find a worthy project for $35,000, proceeds from a successful book fair hosted by the Council. On the heels of the Older Americans Act passage, Evelyn investigated how to help older adults.
After attending the White House Conference on Aging in 1967, Evelyn joined with Fort Worth Section President Rosalyn G. Rosenthal and other members from the Council—Judy Cohen, Ellen Mack, Rosalie Schwartz, and Amy Stien—to found Tarrant County Senior Citizen’s Center. Co-sponsoring organizations included the Governor of Texas Committee on Aging and the E.D. Farmer Foundation.
Later that year, the agency established the first-of-its-kind Senior Citizen Drop-In Center off Hemphill in Fort Worth. It was open daily with the goal of "providing opportunities for older adults to find companionship; discover new or pursue former interests in educational, recreational or craft activities; and to promote other endeavors which would improve the physical and mental well-being of any older adult."
Over time, the organization became Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County and today we’re Sixty and Better, an agency with a network of healthy aging programs in communities across Tarrant County.
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