Little Rock senior center may be forced to close

Little Rock senior center may be forced to close
(Source: KATV)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - A Little Rock non-profit says it can no longer afford to operate a senior center.

According to KATV, Care Link purchased the old YWCA off of 12th street 18 months ago and turned it into a center dedicated to the over 50 crowd.

Seniors have turned the building into a fountain of youth, many in their 70s are enrolling in the dance/cardio/strength classes.

No one pays much attention to age here since numbers like weight, blood sugar, and blood pressure are more important. But there are yet other numbers that can no longer be ignored.

"It's been very apparent in recent months that the cost to operate the facility was much more than what it was generating in revenue," says Michelle Gilbert, marketing and outreach manager for Care Link.

As a non-profit Care Link also supports Meals-on-Wheels and other programs for homebound seniors and continued operation of the senior center could put those programs at risk.

If nothing changes, the facility's last day of operation will be June 30th.

Care Link is working on a schedule featuring churches and community centers where exercise classes can continue in the event no buyer comes 
forward in the next few weeks.

Click here to read some of the member's pleas for help.

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