Craig Senior Social Center receives grant, nonprofit status |

Craig Senior Social Center receives grant, nonprofit status

Lauren Blair
Seniors enjoyed good news and a Christmas party Monday night at their regular monthly meeting, which included a brainstorming session for new program ideas to benefit Craig seniors. The center continues to build on its successes, as it prepares two grant applications due Jan. 16.
Lauren Blair

— The Senior Social Center celebrated the holiday season and a year of incredible progress Monday night at its regular monthly meeting.

The two latest victories for the center include a $1,000 grant from Yampa Valley Electric Association for promotional and business needs and its official designation as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

But while members happily recognized how far they had come, most of the talk was about what’s ahead.

“The next thing we need from you are ideas for programs you’d like to see in the first six months of the year,” Board President Kathy Fagan told members Monday night.

A grant committee is busy putting together applications for two grants, due Jan. 16.

“We’re trying to get a grant from the city and the county, and that’s called the Human Resources grant, and that’s why we have to find out what programs we want,” board member Jean Jones said.

The other grant the center is applying for is through Moffat County United Way.

Ideas were plentiful for programs that could benefit Craig seniors. Meeting attendees agreed that cooking classes, dance classes and fitness classes such as adaptive yoga would be helpful to seniors. Other suggestions included tai chi, fly fishing and skin care.

Although certain suggestions overlapped with classes that are already available in the community, board member Nancy Loughran pointed out that seniors often require a different approach.

“Everything has got to be adapted, whether it’s yoga or tai chi or fly fishing, for people who need to use magnifying glasses or whose fingers don’t work anymore,” Loughran said. “We need to do this because we have a population that needs different approaches than are offered.”

The grant committee is asking for local seniors to send their program ideas to

As the seniors close out a year of many successes, the energy and commitment among the members and the board remain high.

“I have never been on a board like this one,” board member Evelyn Tileston said. “Every single (member), if there’s some project that we all agree needs to be done, it isn’t, ‘You do it,’ it’s, ‘What can I do?’ It’s just wonderful to see that.”

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