First person: Senior center perfect fit

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sharon Chavez of Clovis took over as program coordinator at the Friendship Senior Center Dec. 14.

Sharon Chavez of Clovis took over as program coordinator at the Friendship Senior Center Dec. 14. Chavez said she worked with the Older Adults Division before so when the job opened up, it was a perfect fit for her.

Home sweet home: I was born and raised in Clovis. I am the baby of 13 kids. They thought I was spoiled, but I never thought I was. I love it when we all get together for any holiday. We’re always there for each other when we need each other. We have a strong family bond. All my siblings are here in Clovis except one brother. I am real attached to my parents. This is a good town to raise a family in. Now it’s growing so it’s better. There are more things to do.

Senior moments: I enjoy being around seniors because of their attitude. Sometimes it’s like being around kids. Sometimes I’ve got to stop them from fighting. I love everything about seniors. You can learn a lot from them just by talking to them.

Daily regimen: My job duties are to take in new members, oversee daily functions, classes, make out the monthly calendar, program events, take the seniors on trips. What we’re working on now is getting more members. A lot of people think this is just a meal site. We want to grow and let Clovis know we’re here.

Spare time: In my spare time, I spend time with my family. My daughter loves to shop. We like to take weekend trips. My husband’s uncle has a ranch between Fort Sumner and Santa Rosa and we like to go camping and fishing.

Active adults: It’s important for the city to have senior centers to keep older adults active. It’s not good for seniors to be inactive. Here at least is a place where they can come to just get out of the house.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Liliana Castillo