Healy Senior Center

in beautiful Redway, California

40 years! Over-the-Hill Fundraiser! About Healy

The Over-The-Hill Virtual Fundraiser

This December, the Healy Senior Center turns 40. Yep, we will be over the hill! It’s hard to believe that 1979 was forty years ago! What were you doing back in 1979?

To celebrate our 40th birthday, we are launching the Over the Hill Virtual Fundraiser!

What is a virtual fundraiser? It's a fundraiser that everyone can participate in from their computer, tablet, or phone! (We will also have an easy way to participate via postal mail!)

Our goal for the Over the Hill Fundraiser is to raise $1,000 for every year that Healy has been serving seniors in Southern Humboldt.

That's right - we are trying to raise $40,000 by New Year's Eve!

We know that's a huge goal. But we have all witnessed the generosity of this community when we come together for a common purpose. We know we can do this with your help and we have the rest of the year to chip away at this ambitious goal!

During the Over-the-Hill Fundraiser, we will reintroduce the Healy Senior Center to the community. Our services, our history, our donors, our business supporters - we're going to remind our beloved community exactly what the Healy does for Southern Humboldt's seniors and homebound adults.

This fundraiser will be interactive and we need YOU to join in! We'll start on the year 1979. We'll post music from that year, news clips, and other interesting tidbits on our Facebook page. We'd like you to share memories from that year, too!

But be alert! As soon as that first $1,000 comes in, we'll shift forward to 1980. If someone donates $2,000, we'll leap from 1979 to 1981. And we'll continue to post cultural tidbits, memories about the Healy, and music from the year we're currently on.

Please “Like” our Facebook page. We want you to follow along on the progress of the Over-the-Hill Fundraiser and share your memories as we move through the last 40 years.

Take this journey with us. We'll see you back in 1979, when it all started. Can you dig it?

FIVE ways to support our Over-The-Hill Fundraiser:

ONE: Donate right here through the site! (A) Click on the “DONATE” button above. (B) Choose whether you'd like to pay with a PayPal account, or a debit/credit card. (To give a reoccurring monthly amount to the Healy, you can do so by checking the box on this page) (C) On the next page, you will enter your card details and your contact information to complete your donation. Please also click on "Add special instructions to the seller" and type "Over the Hill" so we know you'd like your donation to go toward the $40,000 goal.

TWO: Mail a check or money order to the Healy Center. Donors to the Over-the-Hill Fundraiser may send a check to the Healy Senior Center. Please make sure we know your donation is for the Over-the-Hill Fundraiser.
Our mailing address is: Healy Senior Center, PO Box 1849, Redway, CA 95560

THREE: Drop a donation off at the Healy Senior Center. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, donors may drop an Over-the-Hill donation off to the Healy Center. We are located in Redway at 456 Briceland Road.

FOUR: Donate by calling the Healy Senior Center If you would like to donate to the Over-the-Hill Fundraiser by phone, we can take your credit/debit card information over the phone. Please call our Executive Director, Venessa Kay, at (707) 923-2399, extension 4.

FIVE: Strength in numbers = donations If you are reading this, we need you to share the Over-the-Hill Fundraiser with 5 of your friends/family members!

All we need is 1,000 people to donate $40. We can do this with your help!

Download PDF files to share or email to friends! Over-the-Hill Fundraiser Intro and 5 ways!

About The Healy Senior Center ~ Our History

In 1972, a group of Southern Humboldt seniors began to meet for lunch regularly at the grange in Miranda, California. They continued their luncheons for several years, lunching for a few years at the old fire station in Garberville, California and then eventually settled at the Presbyterian Church’s social hall in Garberville.

In 1979, this group of local senior leaders formed a non-profit organization called the Senior Center of Southern Humboldt, to benefit older adults living in Southern Humboldt towns.

In 1989, the Senior Center of Southern Humboldt, with financial support from the Humboldt Area Foundation, purchased the beautiful home of Patsy Thoresen at 456 Briceland Road in Redway, California to serve as the community’s permanent senior center.

The Board of Directors changed the organization’s name in 1996 to the Healy Senior Center, in honor of Dan Healy, Sr., a local businessman who tragically died in a plane crash. Mr. Healy’s son and daughter-in-law, Dan Jr. and Patti, conceived of the annual Giant Yard Sale to benefit the Healy Senior Center. It was first held in their front yard up the yard sale idea and held it in their front yard across from the Baptist church. The Giant Yard Sale still occurs every year in Redway and is a staple in the Southern Humboldt community.

In the year 2000, the Healy Senior Center took over the local, certified Meals on Wheels Program from Jerold Phelps Community Hospital and has been operating this critical program ever since.

The Healy Center is now serving our third generation of adults over 55. In 2019, we are celebrating our 40 th year of serving seniors in Southern Humboldt. We would not have been able to help so many seniors without support from local foundations, businesses, friends, and neighbors.

Thank you for supporting our important work in Southern Humboldt County!

Healy Senior Center Staff

Executive Director: Venessa Kay
Phone: (707) 923-2399, ext. 4

Meals on Wheels Coordinator: Brian Shapiro
Phone: (707) 923-2399, ext. 3

Head Cook: Babette Bach

Healy Senior Center Board of Directors

Board President: Jim Hoeffer
Board Vice-President: Suzan Gupton
Board Treasurer: Rich Thompson
Board Member: Catrina Chavez
Board Member: Vacant
Board Seat: Vacant
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We love our volunteers ~ THANK YOU!

Most importantly, we would not able to achieve our mission and serve the community without our wonderful volunteers! We have 15 to 20 regular volunteers at the Healy Center and we are so grateful for them. Please call or email us if you’d like to volunteer some of your time to help the Healy Center!

We currently are in need of volunteer drivers for our Meals on Wheels Program! If you live in Southern Humboldt and can volunteer three or more hours per week for meal deliveries to homebound SoHum residents, we need your help! Please call our Meals on Wheels Coordinator, Brian Shapiro, at (707) 923‑2399, ext. 3.

News • Food • Activities • Events

Mostly monthly updates, so you can be there too!


Our Newsletter (PDF)

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Our Monthly Menu

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Event Calendar

Event Calendar
Go to events via Facebook

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Nutrition Programs: The Healy Center’s Nutrition Programs provide a critical component to food security in Southern Humboldt. We offer three nutrition programs:
Meals on Wheels: Our certified Meals on Wheels Program delivers hot and frozen meals three days per week to homebound and disabled adults over 50 years old living in Benbow, Redway, Garberville, Briceland, Miranda, Phillipsville, and Myers Flat. To sign up for Meals on Wheels home deliveries, please call (707) 923‑2399. We ask for a $6.00 donation per meal delivered.
Social Dining: On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 12:30pm, the Healy Center hosts the Social Dining Meal at our historic building in Redway. Anyone can dine with us for an $8.00 donation! However, we do not turn anyone away from the Social Dining Meal if they are unable to pay the full meal donation.

To reduce food waste, please call ahead and reserve a seat at our Social Dining Meal. (707) 923‑2399.
Frozen Meal Program: The Healy Center’s kitchen staff prepares nutritious flash-frozen meals in bulk for a $5.00 donation. This program is designed for low-income individuals and families to help with food costs, but are for sale to anyone who can pick up the frozen meals in person at the Healy Center on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Weekly Activities

Here are some basic weekly activities that the Healy offers:

• Low Impact Health and Fitness Classes: Mondays and Thursdays from 10:45 to 11:30am.
• BINGO! Every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30pm.
• Crochet Class: Mondays, after lunch, until 2:30pm.

Go to events via Facebook

Rent the Healy!

You may rent the Healy Center for meetings, parties, trainings, receptions, and more. Our dining hall can seat 55 persons for a meal, and 75 persons for a meeting or conference. We charge $40.00 per hour of use, with a four-hour rental minimum. You may also rent the Healy Center’s commercial kitchen for your events. We charge $50.00 per hour of use, with a four-hour minimum. Please see our Facility Use Agreement for more information on renting our hall or kitchen for your next event.

Download our Facility Use Agreement HERE! (PDF file)

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you!


456 Briceland Road
Redway, CA 95560

Mailing Address

PO Box 1849
Redway, CA 95560

Phone Number

(707) 923-2399
Fax: (707) 923-1150

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