A center that helps care for your aging parents now needs help of its own. The Carlisle County Senior Citizen Center says its $48,000 budget doesn't even cover payroll costs, much less the services it provides seniors.
This is how it works: The center applies for state and federal grants and reports how many people they service and how many services they offer. Now more people are demanding more services, but the money's not there. That's why directors say they have to rely on donations, and that money is not reliable.
But directors say it's a service where they can't turn anyone away.
Whether it's playing cards, drinking coffee, or catching up on the latest gossip, 93-year-old Maggie Dillon not only uses the center, she volunteers her time to help keep it running.
She says: “Its something old folks have to do to keep young and keep going.”
Dillon says her daughter has started her own family, and her husband passed away years ago.
That’s why the center gives her motivation and purpose. Without it, Dillon says she doesn't know what other people like her would do. She says: “They come and they don’t got nowhere to go. It’s a sad situation.”
The center receives money per service per month. Service could mean a meal or a class, and with more than 1,000 services last month, director Kim Neville says she can't turn anyone away.
Neville says, over the years, the budgets have gotten smaller, and now they rely on donations. She says: “I don’t know how long we can keep it going, but we want to keep pushing forward of course.”
Many times donations are barely enough. That's why Neville says they keep trying to figure out how to get more funds. She says: “I will do anything I can to help them out. All they got to do is ask, and we'll figure out something one way or another.”
The center plans to hold an auction and chili supper Friday, Oct. 14 at the Carlisle Senior Citizen’s Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Supper will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and cost $7 for chili, a hot dog, crackers, a brownie, tea and condiments. The auction starts at 6 p.m. Martha McGee will serve as auctioneer.
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