Volunteers help Senior Stitchers group relocate to new home

Assisting the Senior Stitchers of Market Street with their move from the Senior Center to Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop’s new location are: (front row) Deena and Steve Deem, Scott Lucas and Pat and David Barker. (Second row) Mike Bush, Paul Haines, Thornton Smith, Jeff Woodward and Ben Woodward. Not pictured are Greg Gore and Vera Smith. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Senior Stitchers have a new home.

After being told in December they would have to vacate their space at the Wood County Senior Citizen Association building in downtown Parkersburg, the group will be moving to the new Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop at 2595 DuPont Road, the former Tebay Dairy site.

”We are very thankful for the space,” President Pat Barker said. ”We will be sewing as a group again soon. Many of us have been sewing on our own for a while now.”

Officials with Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop could not be reached for comment.

The group will hold its first meeting at the new location on March 5.

Volunteers recently moved equipment and materials out of the offices at the Wood County Senior Citizen Association building on Market Street that were occupied by the Senior Stitchers. (Photo Provided)

”And we will go from there,” Barker said.

A big moving day was held on Feb. 4 where 11 people with six trucks and four trailers moved the group’s sewing machines, materials and more to the new location. Barker said the people involved spent 77 manhours getting everything moved.

Secretary/Treasurer Vera M. Smith said they were thankful to the friends and relatives who helped move numerous boxes of fabric, sewing supplies and machines, shelving, book cases, tables and metal cabinets to the new location.

Those providing trucks, trailers, dollies and other equipment and helping with the move included: David and Pat Barker, Jeff Woodward, Ben Woodward, Thornton and Vera Smith, Paul Haines, Scott Lucas, Steve and Deena Deem, Mike Bush and Greg Gore.

”Most of the volunteers worked from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. making two trips from the center to the quilt shop,” Smith wrote in a press release.

Smith was also thankful to the owner of Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop for providing them with a new home.

Barker said they have had people at the new location organizing materials and getting things in place for their upcoming first meeting.

Over the past several months, the Wood County Senior Association Board of Directors have discussed plans to lease out the building space on Market Street and find a new location for the senior center. Plans are in place to renovate the building.

Those plans required the Senior Stitchers to have to find a new location.

Officials with the board said the decision to have the Senior Stitchers leave was not a reflection of anything against the group. It was about getting the building prepared for a new tenant. They had hope that someone would be able to provide them with the space they needed to continue.

Barker said the group had received multiple offers from groups and organizations around the area for space they could use.

”We are very thankful for the multiple offers for space,” she said.

Smith said many hours were spent during the holidays packing for the move.

They had received offers from several churches in the Parkersburg/Vienna area who responded to their need for a place to gather and sew.

Since the move and getting everything organized is taking time, the group’s process has slowed its output of the products such as walker bags, clothing protectors, quilts, Christmas stockings, catheter bags, duffle bags, children’s bibs, neck pillows and various other items needed by nursing homes and other facilities, Smith said.

”When things are unpacked and organized, donations of fabric and other items will once again be accepted,” Smith wrote.

Barker said they are organizing rides to the new location for those volunteers who needed it.

”We are a caring group who look out for each other,” she said. ”We are more than a sewing group, we are like a family.”

Barker said the community stepped up when they found out the Senior Stitchers were in need. The group regularly makes items for a variety of senior groups, Habitat For Humanity, the local hospitals and others.

”I think people realized what we do and are able to put out in the community,” Barker said. ”Many really do appreciate what we do.”

The Senior Stitchers is a non-profit organization of 20-25 volunteers who give of their time and talents for the good of Wood County and the surrounding areas.

In October to December 2018, 1,111 volunteer hours were reported to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. These hours were accumulated at their regular meetings on Tuesdays 9 a.m. -1 p.m., at home, and in the community.

Now Barker said the group is ready to get going and working again.

”Let’s get started sewing,” she said.

For more information on the group, call Barker at 304-428-0587 or Smith at 304-428-2093.