Senior Citizens Program

C herokee Senior Citizens Program provides a friendly gathering place where seniors can meet friends and neighbors while participating in many activities and services designed to help maintain independent lifestyles. Our programs provide support services, recreational activities, meals as well as information and referrals.

Cherokee Senior Citizens Programs are doing their best to enhance the lives of elders so they can live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. is to provide services to any elderly client age 59 ½ or older. Our emphasis is on providing hot nutritious meals at the Tsali Manor, Snowbird and John Welch sites.

Tsali Manor
      Cherokee, NC
Snowbird Senior Center
      Snowbird/Graham County, NC
John Welch Senior Center
      Marble/Cherokee County, NC


Strive to produce the best quality work we can for those we serve.

Always be well structured with open communication so we can better serve our clientele.

To stay highly visible in the community, so older persons and persons with disabilities can better reach us.

To maintain communication and appearance in our neighboring counties: Satellite Centers: Graham and Cherokee County.

Congregate Meal Programs
A hot nutritious meal is served each weekday from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm in our bright and cheerful dining rooms. If a senior plans to attend they are required to call in to the center they wish to attend before 10:00 am to have their name placed on the meal count for that day.
Tsali Manor 828-359-6860
Snowbird 828-479-9145
John Welch Center 828-835-7941

Homebound Meal Program
Meals are delivered each weekday to homebound individuals. For more information contact Sherry Welch, Outreach Worker, at 828-359-6860 and Samantha Teesateskie at Snowbird Center at 828-479-9145. Homebound meals are currently unavailable in Cherokee County.

Ensure Program
The Ensure Program offers short-term provision of meal replacement drinks for individuals who are on ANY program and have immediate need for weight gain or who are nutritionally compromised due to a current medical condition.

Transportation to and from the center, for those who are unable to drive themselves, is available through Cherokee Transit.

The arts & crafts area is always busy with a new project. The crafts are designed to promote creativity, hand manipulation and mind stimulation. All of which are essential to a senior citizens well being. All clients are encouraged to participate in any craft class that is offered. These activities begin around 10:00 am.

Senior Citizens Fuel/Emergency Assistance
Fuel season begins October 1st and runs until May. Applications are made available in September at any of our Senior Centers. Emergency Assistance is intended to help with emergency needs for utilities or basic essentials. Fuel program guidelines. For more information contact Kathy Smith, Social Services Supervisor at 828-359-6860.

Senior citizens Program Building

Tsali Manor
145 Tsali Manor Street
Cherokee, NC 28719

Deborah West
828-736-3950 (cell)

828-359-6860 (main)
828-497-3519 (fax)

Monday - Friday
7:45 am - 4:30 pm
Emergency Fuel Assistance for Elders