The Thompson Center on Lourdes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mental, physical and emotional well-being of older adults in the community. Our center focuses on fighting the effects of loneliness, isolation and depression in seniors by offering opportunities for exercise, classes and more.

Our History

In March 2016, we moved when the senior center in downtown Appleton closed. Many seniors wondered and worried where they would go. We decided to continue on with the mission. Almost immediately, we formed an independent, non-denominational, free-standing corporation, staffed with one full-time position and supported by many volunteers. The new Thompson Center on Lourdes opened the Monday after the old downtown center closed.

Our Facility

Thompson Center on Lourdes used to be located in downtown Appleton. The center is now on the grounds of St. Bernadette Parish. The center includes a gym, recreation room, and dinning hall.

Our Staff

Elizabeth Neuman Executive Director liz@thetcol.org
Jen AngerOperations Managerjen@thetcol.org
Rosemarie Dick Asst. Operations Manager rosemarie@thetcol.org
Sarah Mankee Administrative Assistant sarah@thetcol.org
Mary Cooke Administrative Support mary@thetcol.org
Marilyn PetersonCivic League Presidentpetersonmarilynj@thetcol.org

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Neuman – Executive Director
Ray Zuelke – President
Greg Bell – Vice President
Mary Beth Nienhaus
Marilyn Peterson
Aoibh Greene
Penny Paris
Jack Meyer
Karen Harkness
Colny Gretzinger
Peter Harbach


Print and fill out the form below to volunteer at our center! Once your application is finished, print it and then bring it in or mail it to us. If you have any questions contact the center.


If you have any questions or want to register for classes please call us at:
(920)939-3088 or email us at: info@thetcol.org


Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed

Closing Policy

When Appleton Area School District closes due to weather, The Thompson Center on Lourdes will also close. When AASD has a two-hour delay, The Thompson Center on Lourdes will also open two hours later.