EAST MONTPELIER — There’s excitement among members of the Twin Valley Senior Center, which is moving from its existing cramped quarters to a new building on Route 2.
The move has generated a great deal of support, including a $14,000 grant and volunteer labor coming soon from the Home Depot in Williston.
Rita Copeland, executive director of the senior center, said the move from the Old Schoolhouse Common in Marshfield is taking place now and into next week. The center serves seniors from six communities: Cabot, Calais, East Montpelier, Marshfield, Plainfield and Woodbury.
The donation from the Home Depot has given the center a big boost for its kitchen plans, and volunteers are due to help with the kitchen installation Monday and Tuesday, said Copeland. Crews from the Williston store are due to be on hand for two days to get the job done, she added.
Also, the store’s crew will help paint and ready the new 2,000-square-foot meal and activity center, which the senior center hopes to be fully in by May 14.
The center is the recent recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Woodbury Fund, said Copeland, which also will go toward getting the new senior center off the ground. She said local donors, including residents from the towns served by Twin Valley, have contributed to making the long-held dream of a new senior center possible.
A grand opening and thank you celebration will be planned at a later date.
“Without Home Depot, our new facility would not have been possible,” Copeland said. “Seniors in our communities depend on our luncheons, activities, transportation, exercise programs, health clinics and Meals On Wheels. ... Our new location at Blueberry Hill Commons allows our Twin Valley Seniors organization to meet the increasing demand for nutrition, health and social services to our communities.”
The center offers meals, exercise classes, programs, foot and blood pressure clinics, tax assistance and health education. Seniors play cards and enjoy music, movies and other entertainment.
The assistance that has come to the center through its fundraising for the move will also help it increase and support its Meals on Wheels program, Copeland said. “Meals are prepared, packaged and delivered to the homebound residents regardless of ability to donate financially,” she said. Delivery is performed by volunteers and staff who check in on the residents they deliver to and encourage them to come to the center, she said.
A fundraising dinner is being hosted at the new center May 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring chicken divan, rice, salad and dessert for $10. Call Susan at 223-6954 to reserve a spot.
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