About MOT Senior Center 2016-10-17T13:26:25+00:00

About the MOT Senior Center

The MOT Senior Center is a non-profit, non-residential community center located in the heart of Middletown, DE. Adults age 50 and over can join for only $15 a year and participate in programs, trips & social activities tailored to adults and seniors. Those striving to maintain an independent lifestyle can make new friends, share in a meal, play a game, exercise, take a class or learn a new skill. The social interaction provided at the Center is essential to physical and mental health.

MOT Senior Center’s History

The Middletown-Odessa-Townsend Senior Center, Inc was founded in July 1967.  Mr. James Mullen, Mayor of Middletown, and Miriam Fillingame knew the need for a senior center in the large rural area and moved forward with Dr. Hector J. Lemaire of the Bureau of Aging to make that dream a reality.

Initial funds were obtained from the Bureau of Aging, State and Federal sources.  The local Jaycees offered a part of their building on South Scott Street as the first location for the Center. With that, the M.O.T. Senior Center opened its door to 152 members in July of 1967.

As the only senior center in lower New Castle County – the service area was from the Kent County line to the Canal, and from the Maryland line to the Delaware River/Bay.

The nutrition program started as a covered dish luncheon and eventually became self-supporting with donations.

In 1971, the State Division of Housing approached the center with plans for a 24 unit senior housing project (Holly Square) with a community building which became the home of the M.O.T Senior Center in 1972. United Way and the Division of Aging added their support in 1974.

The need for senior transportation was apparent.  In 1976 Senator Donald Issacs helped the Center obtain funding through the State for our first bus.  In 1983 we got a mini bus and a medical van.  And our fleet has continued to grow.

In 1990 Mr Harry A. & Laura Schragrin donated 6.9 acres of land to the Center.  On September 19 of that year, Thelma Levinson (their daughter) signed over the parcel which provided the space the center sits on today. The original 9,000 square foot building of Victorian design, had its ground breaking on July 11, 1993 and its doors on June 15, 1996.  The Center was expanded and went through its latest renovations in May of 2007.

Our Current membership is over 1100 and we serve over 1500 seniors yearly.

MEET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MOT Senior Center Ceil_Rozumalski

Bio:

Education – B.A. (Psychology) University of Delaware
MSM (Master of Science in Management) – Wilmington University
Ceil has worked in the Delaware non-profit sector for over 30 years – in areas such as:
-Adult disabilities with independent living and the Alliance for the Mentally Ill
-Regional administrator of social services for the Salvation Army;
-Vice President of Operations for United Way of Delaware;
-Associate Director for Girls Inc.
16 years in senior services at both the Wilmington Senior Center and the last 14 of which were here at the MOT Senior Center