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$32K grant allows Senior Social Center to hire director

A full slate of events is offered through the Senior Social Center looking to hire after winning a large grant.

CRAIG — The Senior Social Center is both hiring and looking to make other changes to expand membership and services after receiving a $32,500 grant from the Area Agency on Aging.

"This allows us to continue the popular programs our members are enjoying, as well as add new programs," said Senior Social Center Board Vice President Evelyn Tileston.

The grant — awarded by the Area Agency on Aging, Region 11, in May — will allow the center to hire a part-time executive director by July 1. Recently, two part-time staff, volunteer program leaders and a volunteer advisory board have operated the center.

Another change in the works is a rebranding, a process currently being considered by the Senior Social Center board and expected to be released to the community for feedback within the month.

"We hope to expand the demographic to include as many people as we can," said board President Kathy Fagan. "By nature of funding, we serve people 60 and older, however, we are also looking at people in their 50s to 60s who are getting closer to retirement to help them (stay healthy) as they transition …”

The center is only four years old and has 225 members on its rolls. Fagan hopes the planned changes will see membership grow to 300 by the end of the year.

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In addition to hiring an executive director and seeking input on branding, the center is looking for new members for its board.

"We are looking for seniors over 60 who are engaged, visionary, able to think outside the box and have a connection with people — a feeling for the community and what is needed," said Board Secretary Kathy Shea.

To join the board, email an application to the Senior Social Center at info@seniorsocialcenter.org.

The Area Agency on Aging, Region 11 also announced support for Northwest Colorado Health's Wellness Wednesday, Sunset Meadows Meals on Wheels Program and Northwest Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Programs.

"All of these programs offer activities encouraging good health, fitness, independence and socialization for seniors," said Senior Social Center member Delaine Voloshin.

The Area Agency on Aging, Region 11 is a state program serving Mesa, Garfield, Routt, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties. State funds and money from the Older Americans Act are used to award grants to each county annually through a competitive application and review process.

The next meeting is senior comedy night, which will include a light dinner, from 5 to 7 p.m. June 28.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.

Senior Social Center

Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Location: Bell Tower Building, 50 College Drive
Annual membership dues: Seniors younger than 60 pay $25; those age 60 and older pay $15
Contact: 970-326-3188
Email: info@seniorsocialcenter.org