The Senior Center

Whether chatting with friends, playing a game of pickleball or attending a fitness class, the Phyllis A. Ernst Senior Center offers opportunities for active Hilliard agers 55 and up.

An annual fee of just $15 gives members access to special events, educational speakers, exciting trips and regular activities including fitness and sports, arts and crafts, cards, and home-style lunch. Members also get free income tax preparation from AARP, health checks, and screenings.

Membership is free for those age 90 and up.

You can register online or download the form and bring it in. To register online, click the button ONLINE REGISTRATION and scroll to the bottom of the page. At the bottom there is an option for SENIOR CENTER MEMBERSHIP. Click the plus sign beside it, then click ADD TO CART. You will the be prompted to login in. If you haven’t registered before, you can sign up for a new account. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be taken to your cart and can proceed to check out. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Judson.

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Classes & Trips

Due to COVID-19, until further notice, the Senior Center is not currently hosting classes and trips. Please monitor the page for the latest updates.

You can review and sign up for our entire list of classes and trips below.

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Hilliard Express

The City of Hilliard and SHARE Mobility, a local microtransit company, have partnered to offer Hilliard Express, a two-month pilot senior transportation service.

Hilliard Express will provide free scheduled rides seven days a week to Hilliard residents over the age of 55.

The Hilliard Express will pick seniors up from their private homes or living communities and take them to popular destinations within Hilliard, including dining, shopping, entertainment, parks, and places of worship. Set locations such as specific restaurants and stores are available, but riders may request unique destinations within the city. SHARE’s software enables dynamic routing when scheduled 24-hours in advance via phone or email.

All Hilliard Express vehicles are equipped with professional drivers and access for wheelchairs. While on the shuttle, other riders may be picked up. COVID-19 guidelines will be strictly enforced.

To schedule a ride, seniors or their families can call (833) SHARE-33 or email dispatch@ridewithshare.com. Starting Nov. 16, seniors or a trusted caretaker may also book directly online at sharemobility.com/rider. View the available destinations on the flyer below and map here.

City Reviewing Guidelines for Senior Center Reopening

Due to COVID-19, the Hilliard Senior Center remains closed for the safety of our patrons. We continue to work with Franklin County Public Health, Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio Office of Aging to determine how and when we can safely resume operations while following State of Ohio guidelines.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our members and staff, so meeting all State guidelines will mean new safety protocols, limited programming, and modified services. Our staff is working to identify new activities for our members that are also COVID-safe. We will notify members by email, phone call, website, and social media when re-opening plans are finalized.

For now, we will continue to offer our Drive Through Lunch program, Drive-Up Bingo, and other socially-distanced programming options. Call (614) 876-0747 or visit hilliardohio.gov/classes-camps/ for information on current program offerings.

Senior Center Hall of Fame

Honored for a lifetime of service, personal achievement and a positive image of aging, one or two senior citizens are inducted to the Hilliard Senior Citizen Hall of Fame each year. Nominees may be living or deceased and should exemplify how senior citizens contribute to their communities and respond creatively to retirement.

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Fitness Room

Fitness equipment, treadmills, stationary bikes, and free weights are available in the Fitness Room.  Membership is $5 per month.

Drive-Through Senior Lunches

Due to COVID-19, until further notice, the Senior Center is providing lunches for pickup only on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $5 each. No in-person or specialty lunches will take place until the Senior Center opens again, which we do not have an estimated date for at this time. 

Drive under the portico at the Hilliard Senior Center and pick up a hot lunch. Please make a reservation by 4 p.m. the preceding day by calling (614) 876-0747. Drive-thru lunches are Tuesday and Thursday starting at noon.

Meals cost $5 each. Meal tickets are available at the Community Center office or purchase upon arrival.  Meal tickets are three meals for $15, six meals for $29, or 12 meals for $58.

Thanksgiving lunch served on both Nov. 24 & 25; No lunch on Nov. 26.

Hilliard Park Cafe

A limited number of patrons may register for in-person senior lunches beginning Nov. 3. Drive-through senior lunches are still available. In-person reservations will be first come, first served. Please make a reservation by 4 p.m. the preceding day by calling (614) 876-0747. Lunches are Tuesdays and Thursdays only, starting at 11:30 a.m.

To accommodate more patrons for Thanksgiving, lunch will be served on Nov. 24 & 25; No lunch on Nov. 26.

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Support Service

The senior center can provide information about independent living facilities, residential care, nursing, rehabilitation and contact information for local and national resources.

Kind Care Call

Do you know a local senior who lives alone and might need someone to “check in” on them during the coronavirus emergency? Sign them up for the City of Hilliard Kind Care Call program! City staff will call these seniors on scheduled days to ensure seniors are safe, or to just chat with them during a time they might feel alone and isolated. If the senior cannot be contacted, Hilliard Police will check on them in person. Email Amy Van Huffel at avanhuffel@hilliardohio.gov or call (614) 876-0747 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays to schedule a Kind Care Call.

Kind Care Cards

Do you know a local senior who would enjoy receiving a card on the holidays?  Sign them up for the City of Hilliard Kind Care Card program! Email Amy Van Huffel at avanhuffel@hilliardohio.gov or call (614) 876-0747 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays to add them to the Kind Care Card list, and staff will send them cards on the holidays.

Resources

Hilliard Happiness Club

The Hilliard Happiness Club works with the senior center to organize community events and also helps support the senior center with annual fundraising events. The Happiness Club has raised thousands of dollars since its inception and all funds raised benefit the senior center and its participants.

PHYLLIS A. ERNST SENIOR CENTER

3810 Veterans Memorial Drive
Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Phone: (614)876-0747
Fax: (614)876-5281

Facility Hours
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Open Thursdays until 7 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday