Senior Center

Kathy Garland,

Photo of Kathy Garland152 Ledger School Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
Telephone: 828.688.3019
Fax: 828.688.2314


Mission of the Mitchell County Senior Center

To improve the lives of older adults in Mitchell County

Department Overview

The Mitchell Senior Center is dedicated to assisting the older adults in Mitchell County to maintain their own home as long as possible. We offer a variety of programs and services designed especially for the older adult.


The Mitchell Senior Center is a spacious 12,500 square foot building that offers something for everyone. Whether you come out for socialization, entertainment, education, exercise or just the delicious nutritionally balanced lunch you will find a warm welcome among family and friends.


Congregate Meals: Nutritious meals are provided five days a week. Meals are prepared at the Senior Center daily by our trained Kitchen Staff. Please call before 10:00 a.m. if you wish to have your name placed on the lunch roll.

Home Delivered Meals: Homebound older adults receive nutritious meals five days a week. Meals are prepared daily in the Senior Center kitchen and delivered by dedicated volunteers.

In-Home Aide Program: Trained Aides provide this basic home management service to eligible older adults to enable them to remain at home as long as possible.

Transportation: In coordination with the Mitchell County Transportation Authority the Senior Center provides funding for older adults to access transportation to and from the Senior Center daily.

Exercise Program: Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The Exercise
Classes, led by trained professionals from the Mitchell County Recreation Department. They involve:

  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Joint Motion Exercises
  • Conditioning/Aerobics
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Self Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Educational Classes

We also have Schwinn stationary bicycles, a vibration station, treadmills and a stair stepper that are available. Our Center also offers an assortment of Yoga classes, including a gentle seated class and three that are available from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Arts and Crafts: This Department is open everyday with a Craft Instructor available on Thursdays.

Other Activities:

  • Library which includes materials for the visually impaired
  • Bingo
  • Bible Study
  • Game Room with two Pool Tables
  • Karaoke
  • Guitar Class
  • Cardio Drumming
  • Puzzles
  • Dances
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Singalongs
  • Bowling Trips to Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Birthday Celebration
  • Healthy Talk presentations by VAYA, Hospice of the Blue Ridge & Compassionate Care
  • Walk with Ease
  • A Matter of Balance Class
  • Short Day Trips
  • Overnight Trips with Diamond Tours
  • Flu Immunization Clinic each October
  • Blood Pressure and Weight Checks monthly
  • Tax Preparation by trained professionals
  • Holiday Celebrations
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Our Location

The Mitchell Senior Center is located at 152 Ledger School Road in Bakersville, NC 28705.


8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.


Kathy Garland

Debbie Dellinger
Administrative Assistant

Melisa Hoilman
Site Manager

Connie McKinney


Online Resources

Here are links to online resources of interest to Mitchell County residents: