On April 10, seniors of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community had the opportunity to visit SRPMIC department staff in their offices located in the Two Waters Complex. The Two Waters Open House tours began with 35 seniors dividing into two groups. One group started in building A and the other in building B, and later they switched.
The Salt River Senior Center asked that each department housed in the Two Waters facility participate in the open house event, which was a learning experience for all the seniors.
The different departments were prepared to give short tours to the groups as they came into each office. While staff members continued working, the seniors were able to see and walk through each department and ask any questions they had.
“It was very nice and good to visit each department and meet all the staff,” said Pearl Schurz.
“I didn’t know there were so many people working in this facility,” said Gloria Rivers. “It is nice to know that they are all housed together under one location.
“The most interesting department so far for me was meeting the internal auditors.”
Many of the departments gave the seniors some gifts and promotional items, and they also offered snacks.
As the seniors toured through the buildings, they learned interesting facts about the complex, such as how building A is the Water building and building B is the Earth building. They also learned why the facility is laid out in an angle pointing toward Red Mountain.
SRPMIC President Diane Enos and Vice-President Martin Harvier also welcomed the seniors into their offices and talked with them for a while.
Yvonne Schaaf from Community Relations said she found it interesting that the seniors were very curious about all the departments and the divisions and programs under each department. “They all had a lot of questions about our jobs and wanted to know what it was exactly that we did,” said Schaaf.
The tour began at 9 a.m. and ended at noon. After the tour concluded, the seniors enjoyed lunch at the Round House Café.