As other seniors approach her with $2, the price for lunch at the Bayside facility, Rigoli gives them a corresponding number and flashes a smile.
Her friend Sarah approaches the table. While collecting the dollar bills, Rigoli laughs and said she’s known Sarah back when they both worked for a living.
“We didn’t see each other for a long time, then we met again over here,” Rigoli said. “So it goes to show you, everybody seems to know each other.”
Rigoli has been volunteering at Selfhelp Clearview for 39 years. She loves every aspect of her time there.
“It’s a place to go everyday,” she said. “I find myself coming here to meet different people.”
At age 93, Rigoli said she really doesn’t have anywhere else to go. She can barely walk and she can’t drive, but insists on going to the senior center, even through snowstorms and inclement weather.
“I just can’t explain how happy I get when I get up in the morning,” she said. “I have a reason to get dressed because I’m coming here.”
After four decades interacting with her friends and neighbors, Rigoli said the center has become an important part of her life.
“It goes to show you how desperate I am,” she said. “I like to get out, and this is the place to go.”