Lawrence Township                     Senior Services

Our Seniors (60+) in the Village and Township of Lawrence or own property in Lawrence are serviced with many free activities during each year.  Our citizens have elected to receive 0.50Mil in tax revenues so they can receive these services completely free.

Recently, Hamilton Township sent money to our senior services so their residents 60+ are also allowed to attend our lunches/activities/trips for free.

Twice monthly luncheonsat the Lawrence Township Hall (411 N Paw Paw Street) on the second and forth Mondays with social time at 11am,  lunch at 11:30am   followed usually by Bingo until 1:30pm.



Join Us  Wednesdays  for  Games Day - 1-3pm bring a friend or meet some new ones. We have many card, dice, and board games to chose from....or bring your favorite game. Pictures of Game players on May 17th, (Canasta, Euchre and Canasta games all being played!!)


While community room is under construction:

Lunches will move to Fire Station Aug. 28 and September 11.

Lunches will move to Lawrence Conference Center Sept 25, Oct 9 and 23.


Yoga will be held at Lawrence Library


Game Day Wednesday 1-3pm will be held at the Lawrence Fire Station.


Trips will still leave from Lawrence Township 

Above are some of our folks during Games on Wednesdays. 

We have great lunches and Bingo games

on the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month.

The New 2023 Calendar 

 Up  Next:

Sept 16 (Sat.) Shipshewana Blue Gate Theater - 2-Buses leaving at 12noon, lunch at 2, followed by the play"HomeGame the Musical" at 4pm. $75 for non Residents.


Sign ups are ready for:


Oct. 19 (Thurs.) Cranes Apple Orchard Fenville, Lunch and Apple picking (or just buying). 11:30am bus Return Apx 4pm.  $40 for non residents. 


Sign up starts soon for :

November 2 (Thursday) – Bus trip to Battle Creek Horrock’s Store, also Barnes & Noble, Dunham Sports at Lakeview Square Mall  Lunch,– Bus-10:00am, Shopping and lunch, return at 4:00pm($40 for non-residents)


December 1 (Friday) - Shipshewana Blue Gate Theater- Bus@11am, “The Christmas Candy Caper” Musical 1pm,  Shopping, Buffet- 4:30 Dinner, and “Lights of Joy”6pm, return by 8:30pm ($80 for non-residents)

Senior Services 2023 Calendar as of 8/17/23
Lawrence Senior Services 2023 Full Calendar of Events
When looking at this calendar know you can sign up 2 months ahead of the bus trips by attending our twice monthly lunches (2nd and 4th Mondays) or calling the Clerk's Office @ 269-674-4255 ext. 2. All our events and activities are free to Lawrence Village and Township Residents, Hamilton Township Residents and property owners over 60. Non-residents can participate if they pay cost/person for any event. (lunches are $12) Our residents do get first option on our trips but we have apx. 56 seats to fill so if room we are happy to include others...(we have added a second bus on our Shipshewana trips to accommodate our large numbers)
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Fun at the Gilmore Car Museum May 2023

June 15, 2023 Maritime Museum Trip 66 people attended-50 went on boat rides and 10 received vouchers to go another day...

Mondays 10:00am - 11:00am

Stretch & Strengthen classes will include varity of therapeutic revitalizing movements and breathing techniques drawn from Yoga, QiGong, Tai Chi and other somatic practices. Classes are limited to 15 participants. Registration is appreciated (at Township Hall) but not required.  Held in the Township Hall Community Room. Classes are geared toward class members abilities. Most done sitting in a chair or holding onto a chair.

(Free for our 60+ age community members

Others may make a donation for attending)


Thursdays: 5:00 to 6:00pm 

Starting on April 6 this moves to Thursdays --

It will be held at the Lawrence Library

Class is for those that can do Yoga

Energizing: This class includes the benefits of the basic movements (above) and will be more challenging with complex and/or strenuous movements, possibly including weights, sometimes holding in positions to increase endurance and physical capacity, and sometimes done in a continuous flow. Some regular prior physical practice is highly recommended. 


Bring a Mat if you have one otherwise, we will have some available.

Websites for Senior Resources
Many valuable websites for our Senior Population.
Senior Resources for website.pdf
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Let's Get Walking


All Senior Walkers
• Complete LPS waiver and a valid ID to present in person at the school. Contact is Amber Trowbridge.
• If Amber is available, the limited background check will be done while you are there. If not it will be completed and you will be notified of status.
• Once the security requirements have been met, arrive at the back door of the high school at 4:30 to be let into the building by one of the custodial staff. For Security purposes, this will be the entrance time and walkers are not allowed to let others into the building. (The 4:30 arrival doesn't mean you need to be in the school for the entire 2 hour block.)
• You must bring a pair of shoes to be worn inside or a rag or towel to wipe down your shoes before you will be allowed to join the walkers.
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Community Cardio Drumming

        Cardio Drumming and other fitness classes are offered at the Old Town Hall (downtown Lawrence) 4 days/week and have several participants within our group who are in their 60s and 70s. 


ALL of the fitness classes we hold at the Old Town Hall are FREE & open to the public. We have loaner equipment that can be used for the 1st  three class sessions for FREE...after that, we ask that folks either purchase their own equipment OR pay a $5 equipment rental fee per class.


Class schedule is as follows


Cardio Drumming Mon/Th 6-7p


Full Body Fit Wed 6-7pm


Cardio HIIT Sat 10-11am

Please feel free to Stop by and check out one of our classes


Instructor: Michelle Miller 


If you want to know more about Services for Seniors offered to Van Buren County Residents the following is a great place to start.

Region IV Area Agency on Aging (4)

2900 Lakeview Ave.

St. Joseph, MI 49085

(269) 983-0177 (800) 442-2803 

Info-Line for Aging & Disability
(800) 654-2810

When you call the Info-Line for Aging and Disability you’re well on your way to accessing resources, services, and programs available to older adults and adults with disabilities in southwest Michigan. Our professional, highly trained Information & Access Specialists can help you determine what services are available to obtain the support you need to continue to live safely in your own home; we serve Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties.

You can obtain free, and confidential information on:

  • In-Home Care
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Financial assistance, and
  • Nearly everything of importance to older adults and their families
  • Information & Access Specialists also answer questions about eligibility requirements for many Medicaid programs, including the MI Choice Home and Community Based Waiver and more.

Good Information

Are you caring for an elderly relative that lives alone?

Are you stressed out because you are trying to juggle family and work and caring for an elderly person?

Could you use a little extra help in making sure your elderly relative is safe and healthy?

We can Help.

Bloomingdale Senior Services LLC is an approved Home Help Agency of MDHHS.  We are approved to provide services to all of VanBuren county.


For Medicaid recipients who need hands-on care and want to live independently. The Home Help program is designed to support individuals who wish to live independently in their home rather than live in an adult foster care home, home for the aged, or nursing facility. 

Currently we are accepting new referrals.

We have teams of local residents living and working in the following communities:


    Grand Junction, 

    South Haven, 


    Lawrence and 

    Paw Paw. 

For more information on how to access these services Call Bloomingdale Senior Services LLC at 269 512 6163 for a free consultation.

Lawrence Senior Services Committee

Kim Thompson, Chairman

Judy Janssen, Twp. Board Representative

Fern Conklin

Sal Campagna

Denise Champagna

Mary Webster

Linda Read

Susie McGowan

Kyle Conklin

Bill Lawson

Terrie Hunkins

Get in Touch

Need to locate contact information? Find the right person to talk to in the offices of LAWRENCE now. 

PO Box 445

Office Phone:    269 674-4255

Fax:                 269 674-4502

Treasurer:        269 674-3840


Important Notice!

If you will be burning brush or a large burn pile, don't forget to call the Township offices and get a burn permit from the Fire Department by calling 269-674-8833!


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