A gathering place for senior adults (Ages 65+)
From art classes to holiday celebrations, the Heritage Center caters to all interests. We operate a five day a week nationally accredited* program offering a multitude of activities, programs, and classes conveniently located in The Jewish Community Center near 119th + Nall.
The mission of The Heritage Center is to encourage senior adults to participate in educational, cultural, spiritual, fitness, and social programs in order to increase health, well-being, and connection to other individuals and the Jewish community. The focus of the program is on self-determination and self-direction in order to promote independence.
When you join the Heritage Center for only $70 a year, you'll have access to our amazing facility, programming, and of course - people!
"The HC gave me back my life. It gave me a purpose to communicate with others. It's a very friendly atmosphere and the staff are tremendous." - Marlene H.
Hours of Operation The Heritage Center is open from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday.
Cancellations: If Blue Valley Schools are canceled due to inclement weather, Heritage Center programs are canceled. This includes transportation, lunch, and all classes.
Call (913) 327-8044 for a recorded message of cancellations.
Programs + Services
With an annual membership to the Heritage Center, you'll receive access to a wonderful and welcoming community, as well as an array of services, programs, and travel opportunities.
To join the Heritage Center, please call (913) 327-8000 or stop by to enroll in person.
Transportation to and from the Heritage Center is a service provided by the Jewish Community Center. Limited door-to-door group rides are available Monday through Thursday. New riders should call the Heritage Center for assistance in setting up their first ride.
Cost: $2 each way
The Heritage Center is a great place for a delicious, Vaad supervised Kosher, fresh meal. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon.
Reservations: To make a reservation, please call the Reception Desk at (913) 327-8044 or stop by in person by 10 am. Reservations are taken up to two weeks in advance.
Menu: If you don't like the main entree on the menu, no problem. We offer the following alternatives with advanced notice by emailing or calling (913) 327-8044: egg salad, tuna salad, gefilte fish, and garden salad.
Cost: $7 per Member | $10 per Guest
Senior Membership at The J
When you join The J, you'll receive additional perks, discounts, and access to other parts of the facility and fitness center. Adults ages sixty-five and older receive a discounted annual rate, which also includes your membership to the Heritage Center and all the additional social, cultural, and educational programs offered here. For a complimentary tour, please call Bobby at (913) 981-8802
Jewish Family Services
Life transitions can create new challenges. Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City provides support with transportation, health needs, mobility requirements, emotional concerns, home management, and more. Learn More
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United Way, 211 (Information Hotline) Learn More
*The Heritage Center is Nationally Accredited
To advance the quality of senior centers nationwide, the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) has developed nine standards of excellence for senior center operations. These standards serve as a guide for all senior centers to improve their operations today — and position themselves for the future. NISC also offers the nation's only National Senior Center Accreditation Program. Accreditation provides official recognition that a senior center meets the nine standards of senior center operations.
More than 200 senior centers have been accredited, and many more are in the process. Baltimore County, MD, is the first major metropolitan area to secure national accreditation status for all of its senior centers. National accreditation status is good for five years, at which time centers revisit the accreditation process.
To learn more about our accreditation, visit ncoa.org