The Gillespie Center
Our roots began to spread in 1960, with the sponsorship of Senior Community Services. Our original senior citizens club was named the Upper Tonka North Shore Senior Citizens Club, later became the Mound Senior Citizens Club, then the Westonka Senior Citizens, Inc. and finally The Gillespie Center.
The Gillespie Center was built with the help of donations from our entire community... friends, families, civic groups, church groups, school staff and organizations, businesses, the cities of Mound, Minnetrista and Spring Park, and our own membership. We would never have made our goal of $3,500,000 had it not been for the incredible matching funds of $5 to every dollar by our friend and benefactor, Bill Gillespie through The Gillespie Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation. Our beautiful building is the focal point for quality senior citizens programs and services, but also is a community center. It is used for weddings, celebrations, banquets, business seminars, and other events.
Our center is a place where all are welcome. It is a place where you can remain visible and involved in the community. Our aim is to present programs broad enough for everyone. Our services and programs include: daily nutritional meals, transportation, health and wellness screenings and programs, social and recreational events and trips, educational and enrichment opportunities, tax assistance, counseling and case management helping people to remain independent, information and referral, advocacy and friendship.
We totally own and operate our own building with the continued help of our Westonka Community with tax-deductible donations and support of all of our many fundraiser's. We are proud to be a part of the community and think that is a wonderful place to live.