Helping America's most vulnerable™

Southwest Center

Dignity for older adults

Southwest Center supports the health and independence of older adults though a wide variety of programs and services. The center is a vibrant place to meet and social with friends, exercise, participate in educational and cultural programs, volunteer and engage tith the community. The center focuses on wellness, education, and socialization and offers health screenings and resources to help seniors remain healthy and engaged.


The Southwest Senior Center celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2016.


3612 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55409
General phone: 612-822-3194


Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.


Seniors, age 50 or older


Participants are encouraged, but not required, to become members for an annual membership fee of $15. Some programs have small suggested donations to help cover costs. These costs are noted in the Southwest Center's newsletter.

How we help

  • Social work services
  • Exercise classes
  • Adult day program (Southwest DayElders)
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Education, arts and culture
  • Computer lab
  • Senior Dining Program
  • Monthly food shelf
  • Volunteer opportunities

Service descriptions

Social Work Services

Our experienced social worker can help older adults and their caregivers navigate issues that affect their well-being. Typical issues include understanding and accessing government programs (such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, economic assistance), housing, financial concerns, health care directives, financial concerns and legal issues. Call 612-822-3194 to schedule an appointment with Linda.

Exercise Classes/Equipment

The center offers 10 low cost exercise classes each week including Silver Sneaker Flex-Cardio/Strength, Strengthen and Stretch, and Tai Chi. The newsletter includes a full listing of the classes. A recumbent bike and treadmill are available for use when exercise classes are not in session.

Adult Day Program (Southwest DayElders)

Southwest DayElders provides quality care in a safe and friendly environment for adults in need of a structured program.

Health and Wellness Programs

In addition to our exercise classes, we offer: Diabetes Club, nutrition programs, blood pressure checks, flu clinic, and the Brain-a-thon, which focuses on brain health. See the newsletter for a full listing of classes, programs and services.

Education, Arts and Culture

Our programs include: art and music classes, presentations, cultural celebrations and birthday parties. Afternoon programs topics include: civic engagement, travel, literature, and current events.

Computer Lab

Computers are available for use from 9am – 3pm, when classes or taxes are not taking place.

Senior Dining Program

Hot, nutritious meals are served Monday – Friday at Southwest Center. Participants should sign up at least 3 business days in advance by calling 612-822-5512. The recommended donation for people age 60 and older is $4 per meal, but participants may pay what they can afford. A monthly menu is available.

Monthly Food Shelf

The Salvation Army and the center collaborate on this program, open to persons 55 and older who are not receiving food from another food shelf and find it difficult to afford nutritious food. See the newsletter for schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

Southwest Center offers opportunities for individuals to make a difference at the center and in the community through volunteer work. Volunteer positions include: community garden volunteer, computer instructor, dining program assistant, special event volunteer.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Schoenberger — Director
Phone: 612-822-3194