The Senior Citizens Program and the staff of Cristo Rey Community Center (CRCC) came together for their own version of a Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. The CRCC Staff usually don’t get much time to mingle with the Seniors when they come in on Wednesdays for their weekly program. With some help from a great kitchen staff of cooks and servers, and assistance from a members from the Lansing for Cesar E. Chavez Committee, the Seniors and Staff spent some time sharing some stories and a wonderful meal (which sadly I missed out on as I was taking pictures and listening).When La Sra. Villegas asked me if I knew Johnny Castillo I froze for a moment. She then went on to say that she used to hold Johnny Castillo when he was a baby. Today “Johnny” is known more as John J. Castillo of Castillo Associates who might be a “shade over 60 years”. As I listened to Maggie Noyola speak of her families love of sports and baseball, one can see the pride and joy on her face. These Seniors have so many stories to tell and wisdom to offer.The CRCC Staff quietly serves so many in the community that they often go unnoticed for the hours upon hours they spend even outside of their work schedule. With a brand new Executive Director in Joe Garcia and a newly established Board of Directors who are excited about reestablishing the CRCC as a place that not only offers resources, but also pulls in resources to better serve the community.The Cristo Rey Community Center was opened in 1968 to help meet the needs of the poor, the vulnerable, immigrants and migrants and all people in need regardless of language or culture. Over the years it has expanded its programs and the number of people served. Currently they have many programs that are on-location and providing critical services for both basic needs and resources for self-sufficiency. The Senior Citizens Program meets every Wednesday for Mass, a meal and social time. For more information please contact the Center at 517-372-4700.