New senior center to be constructedWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Construction on a new senior service center in central Toledo will begin this month.
The Warren AME Senior Services Center will be located on the corner of Indiana Avenue and City Park Avenue, on land donated by the Warren AME Church. The center will be more than 11,000 square feet and house the J. Frank Troy Senior Center and Senior Independence, an adult daycare, in addition to the one other tenant, said Reverend Otis Gordon of Warren AME Church.
“The church has always had the vision of doing something for seniors — something long-term and substantial,” Gordon said.
In addition to providing land for the center the church has also supplied some funding, Gordon said.
A 501(c)(3), the Warren AME Vision Empowerment Board, was founded to run the senior center, Gordon said. The board includes members of the church, the J. Frank Troy Senior Center, the Greater Toledo Urban League and the community, Gordon said.
The new senior services center is possible through a collaboration among the Warren AME Vision Empowerment Board, Senior Independence, the Area Office on Aging (AOoA) and others.
“It’s a community collaborative effort. We tried to include everyone in the community that we could,” Gordon said.
Having the J. Frank Troy Senior Center and Senior Independence in the same facility will better serve central Toledo seniors, said Billie Johnson, president and CEO of AOoA.
“We’ll have a full complement of daycare services and day treatment services for seniors. In addition to full-fledged nutritional, outreach, transportation and health and wellness education programs a new facility where we can serve more people and do a better job than we are doing now. These partnerships will help us do that,” she said.
The AOoA has committed $745,000 from its capital facilities fund as long as funding for the rest of the building has been acquired, Johnson said. The funds will be given to Waterford Bank to administer, she said.
Senior Independence presented the AOoA with a $75,000 check on July 25 that will go to the Warren AME Senior Services Center. The AOoA serves as a vehicle to pass the funds along, said Ann Heringhaus, executive director of Senior Independence.
“The center fits our mission and allows us to expand and serve more people then we currently can,” she said.
Johnson said she is proud of the partnership that has formed to build the center and hopes it can be a model for future collaborations.
The Warren AME Senior Services Center will cost an estimated $1.3 million to complete.