Final renovations were completed at the Senior Citizen Center on February 15, 2016. The project included a refacing of the building's exterior, a new roof, replacement of tile and flooring, new storage, increased handicap accessibility, provided new parking, and revitalized the center’s landscaping.
The majority of funding was provided by Community Development Block Grants (CBDG) through federal, state and regional agencies. The grants were an 4 to 1 match, with the city and local Area Agency on Aging providing 20% percent of the funding.
The ribbon cutting and open house will showcase these improvements and how they have assisted with center operation. “The City is proud of the partnership it has with the Senior Citizen Center, it provides our area seniors with needed services. These services have long been provided with excellence, I was excited the city was able to leverage funding for reinvestment into the center”, Mayor Tucker.
Joining the ceremony were officials from the State Attorney General’s Office. Prior to the event they used the center as a point of contact to collect prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers and medicine samples. The collection was done in partnership with the Monticello Police Department and Drew County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, local seniors received updates and education about fraud alerts and identity protection.
Along with being a regular point of contact to engage area seniors, the Monticello Senior Citizen Center services include public transportation, meals, activities and recreation, social programs, and volunteer opportunities that keep seniors involved in the community.
For more information about the Monticello Senior Citizen Center please contact the Center Director, Barbara Abston, at 870-367-2434.