The Via Center promotes a healthy, active, independent lifestyle among adults. Via advocates, teaches, and leads healthy aging programs and initiatives for the surrounding community.
The Via Center will be the community leader in healthy aging initiatives by creating and supporting health and wellness programs, education on aging, mature adult advocacy, and family and individual support services with an emphasis on intergenerational learning and research.
The Via Center is open for Phase III, with all Covid safety and health protocols in place.
Pandemic Fun! We have a new Social Distance Socializing (SDS) Program thanks to support from AARP.
Our large parking lot became a safe gathering space for Senior social distance socializing and Midtown residents. Runners, walkers, riders, dog owners and stroller babies all uplifted the spirits of Via staff and Seniors. Our Midtown Meets! grant project, with gazebos, picnic tables, dog waste/watering station, bike rack and garden beds now host all ages. It has truly become a public, intergenerational meeting place for a livable community during Covid. Via appreciates the support provided by AARP as part of the Community Challenge grant program. Come by, throw up a chair or sit at a picnic table and enjoy this new space. Thank you to the Midtown Community & AARP Foundation.
Health, Fitness and Enrichment
Fitness – state-of-the art fitness center and gymnasium; fitness classes and activities including Yoga, Pilates, Stretching & Flexing, Fitness Techniques and Silver Sneakers; Pickleball, Badminton and Basketball. If you're not ready to come, take classes on our Via Online Fitness Portal.
Enrichment - continuous learning programs; computer training, language, art and ceramics
Recreation – leisure programs designed for socialization; card games, bingo, dancing, and special events. Currently running through drive-through social events and our outdoor Midtown Meets! Gazebo project and our weekly Lunch Buch groups that meet weekly under our portico to socialize.
Health & Wellness – health education, seminars, screenings, consultations, clinics
Center for Generational Studies
A partnership with the University of South Alabama Programs in Gerontology. Researches/creates solutions for similar issues (disease, social problems) among youth, older adults and families. This is the only intergenerational studies center of its kind in the Gulf Coast region.
Via Community Needs Outreach Services
Volunteer Guardian Program - Currently running
GrandFriends Adult Daycare Program
Emergency food pantry - Currently running through community wide drive-through food distributions
Senior public housing programs
Neighbor-to-Neighbor call/check in service - Currently running
Cafeteria - Dauphin Street Cafe'
Information and referral - Currently running
Disaster resource center
Community Wellness Center
We are a United Way Agency.