Senior Center Action Group in the planning stages of setting up a senior center for Moffat County
The Senior Center Action Group met Monday evening to grapple with a long-term challenge and goal of many in the community: setting up a senior center.
Tammy Workman, member of the site committee for the senior center group, spoke at length about the locations the committee wanted to focus on. Primarily, the committee was interested in the Colorado Northwestern Community College Bell Tower or the American Legion building. Workman highlighted the American Legion building as the location with the most potential. Being one level, it was great for accessibility; it has a large common space for activities and meals; it already has a kitchen; it has office space and there is space to spread out. While it is older, it might be the best existing spot for a senior center, she said.
“The American Legion is an older building, but they got a lot of upgrades,” she said. “Nothing is a perfect place.”
While the group hadn’t determined if the American Legion would be interested in selling the building, or whether they could accrue the funds to get the location, they still wanted to identify what sort of place would work, Workman said.
The Senior Center Action Group also addressed that partnering with the Visiting Nurse Association and CNCC (for respective health and educational programming) would factor into their decision about a location. Some members expressed concerns.
“If we don’t have a building that meets all the specifications that VNA wants, will they help us all fund those other programs?” member Nancy Loughran asked.
Workman, a fitness instructor at the VNA, assured Loughran that the VNA would continue to back those programs.
Group member Evelyn Tileston also shared a promising grant prospect.
“We have a strong possibility of getting a grant from the area agency on aging for $20,000: very specifically to purchase things for our center,” she said.
The grant couldn’t be used for rent or salaries, but could stock the center with items such as exercise equipment or computers, she said. The grant application would need to be submitted within the next fiscal year, though, so it would be important to establish a location soon, she said.
“We’re moving fast,” member Kathy Fagan said. “I think as we gain attention, we’ll gain even more momentum.”
The group will meet again at 6:30 p.m. May 20 at CNCC.
Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.