Roughly 300 guests joined GLCAP at the Senior Center Celebration and Open House event on Sept. 16 at the new Sandusky County Senior Campus. The annual event gives seniors a chance to connect while also drawing attention to the importance of senior programming.
This year's celebration also served as an open house for the new campus, located adjacent to the Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities at 1101 Castalia St. in Fremont. GLCAP is leasing the site, which formerly housed Sandco Industries, from SCBDD.
"The new facility is accessible, expansive and right for our seniors," GLCAP President/CEO Ruthann House said. "Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities has been very accommodating throughout our move to the new location and remains a great partner for GLCAP."
The center has easier access, outdoor recreation opportunities and other amenities for seniors.
"The move has been a big leap forward in what we can do for seniors at our county," GLCAP Senior Services Director Robin Richter said.
Richter said future plans include renovations of the kitchen at the site. GLCAP was recently awarded $99,000 from the Ohio Finance Fund for the kitchen renovation project, as well as $50,000 from the City of Fremont’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $42,000 from the Sandusky County Commissioners CDBG. Renovations will allow Senior Services to cook meals on site at the facility.
GLCAP recognizes importance of Older Americans Act
In September, GLCAP Senior Services also recognized the importance of Older Americans Act (OAA) funding for senior nutrition. We asked guests at our senior center sites to write messages on plates to say why nutrition programs supported by the OAA are important to them. On Sept. 23, we presented all of our plates to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's local representative Ann Longsworth-Orr to share with the senator.