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.