Region 8 senior centers worry doors will close

Region 8 senior centers worry doors will close

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR (KAIT) - - Multiple senior centers in Region 8 are in danger of closing their doors.

The centers receive funding from the Northeast Arkansas Development Center and White River Agency for Aging, but the funding has decreased over the years.

Senior centers, like the one in Cherokee Village, are not only a place to get meals, but rather a community

Earlier this month,centers around Sharp County heard they were in danger of being shut down.

Many seniors around Cherokee Village use the center to visit, play games, read, exercise and even get meals.

The centers are an important part of these communities, so many were upset when they heard the funding was running out.

Centers around Region 8 reached out to their Arkansas House Representative Scott Baltz through letters and finally got his attention.

Baltz has been working hard on finding extra funding to keep the centers open and thriving.

The Cherokee Village director said it would really hurt the community if these centers were to close.

"Because all of our people are quiet upset in each on of these centers because that is there little community and it's hard for them to even think about going anywhere else," Director Diane Knauss said.

Knauss said people around the community have been brainstorming ways to keep these centers open.

She also said Governor Asa Hutchinson reached out this week saying he was not going to let the senior centers close under his watch.

The centers will hear more about the progress their representatives have had in finding more funding for them by the end of this month.

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