Lack of attendance, volunteers are main senior center issues

The Albion Senior Center will remain open in August 2017.
The Albion Senior Center will remain open in August 2017.

Despite an attendance of nearly 60 people at a special meeting Friday evening, July 21, Albion Senior Center manager Lisa Hallberg said she doesn’t hold out a lot of hope for keeping the center operating long term.
The center will remain open through August, she announced Monday.

“Everyone here I know by name and you are our core people,” said Hallberg at the Friday meeting. “You are here because you care, and you are already volunteering and patronizing the center.”
Hallberg said she had hoped to see attendance by senior citizens who don’t currently patronize the center, and by area business and community leaders who might provide more support.
Attendance at meals and events just isn’t large enough to keep the center’s current operations going, said Hallberg. Also, there often aren’t enough available volunteers to handle the chores that the paid staff of two can’t get completed.

The Albion Senior Center is open to all ages, but is intended primarily for those age 60 and above.
The center is affiliated with the Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging, which uses federal funds to reimburse a portion of meal costs for senior citizens served at the center.

After calling the Area Agency on Aging Monday to discuss the next steps, Mrs. Hallberg said the center will remain open through the month of August. She said she had planned to stay open at least through Aug. 4, because there is surplus food in the freezer that needs to be used.
“I will keep the public informed about how we proceed from this point forward,” the senior center manager said.

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