Local senior program needs help from community

Senior citizens center receives donation
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - The Kennett Oaks Senior Center received a donated building, but now they need help funding it.

The Visiting Nurses Association donated the building.

Laura Ford, the center's administrator, said it needs a complete renovation, but they do not have the money for the roughly $250,000 project.

"Basically, anyone who can pick up a hammer and a nail who knows something about it can help," Ford said.

Ford said it is important they get to move into the building.

She said seniors have been meeting at the Kennett Housing Authority since 1973 and said that they need more space so they can expand their program.

"Thousands of more seniors come each year," Ford said. "We've served 45,158 plates, and that's just since January."

Right now, it only consists of a nutritional program with a few activities on the side.

"It's not just the meals that are important for these seniors, it's also the ability to socialize with one another and to have a safe place to go without being afraid," Fox said. "We have people who come in for a foot clinic once a month, which is good for them. But, what I would also like to see with this new building, we can offer them longer time. We have to be out at 2 p.m. at the other building."

With the new building, seniors will have more time to socialize with classes and activities that they do not have now.

Ford said she recently reached out to the city for help funding the project.

"I've talked to the mayor and the city attorney. He is helping us put together a proposal to be placed on the ballot in November," Ford said. "It is for a senior city sales tax that would benefit the seniors."

Anyone who wants to donate to the senior citizen program can call the center at (573) 888-9852.

Ford hopes the project is complete by early 2017.

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