THE HUB CENTER FOR SENIORS IS NOW OPEN!
After 7 years of planning and building, the dream is a reality!
We are very excited about our new facility and all the opportunities it will give Seniors for Hospitality, Unity, and Belonging. We want this Senior Center to be the HUB of North Mason County and provide a great gathering place for meals, classes, and services. This was all made possible by Les and Betty Krueger who gave Faith in Action matching funds to purchase land and the community joining the effort to raise the additional funds to build the first phase of our project.
Faith in Action was formed as a 501C3 in 2001 to “Support Independent Living for our Senior and Disabled Neighbors” We have traditionally done this through free, volunteer based services, help with emergency financial and in-kind needs, and through classes, workshops, information, and referrals. As we came alongside our senior neighbors, and grew to better know them and their needs, we became increasingly passionate about the need for a place for them to eat nutritious meals, socialize, recreate, exercise, learn and grow.
BUILDING & PROPERTY
We have built a 15,000 sq. ft. Senior Resource Center. The building was built to a Silver LEED standard. Five thousand sq. ft. houses our Faith In Action thrift store (our major funding source). Approximately Six thousand more is found in our downstairs center with a Great Room seating over 200, a commercial kitchen, and office space/meeting rooms. The downstairs is now open and operating with many classes and events already happening. We will continue fundraising (phase two) to finish the top floor that will then house Faith in Action offices, up to 6 offices for other senior service providers, and a fitness room.
As part of phase two approximately 1 acre of wetland and wetland buffer will be converted into a wheelchair friendly pocket park with native plantings, benches and trails.
North Mason, South Kitsap
Our scheduled and future activities include: senior lunches and dances, Meals on Wheels, nutrition classes, cooking/canning classes, exercise classes, Medicare/Social Security help, community field trips, blood pressure checks, immunizations, Wii2 activities, craft classes, card games, bingo and other social and educational programs targeting seniors, the functionally disabled, and their caregivers.
Our kitchen is available for rent to micro-businesses, allowing our area’s entrepreneurs a reasonably priced commercial kitchen where they can produce their goods.
When phase two is funded, our upstairs, will house our offices, classrooms, and a fitness room. We will also have low-cost (or subsidized) rental space for other senior service providers, such as Area Agency on Aging, Coalition of Church and Community, the American Legion, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
A high value will be placed at our center to recreating the “extended family” through cross generational programming. Youth teaching seniors technology, seniors teaching youth cooking and canning, both groups sharing their experience, strength, and hope.
TOTAL PROJECT COSTS
Approximately Three and one half million for phase one, another five hundred thousand for phase two.
It has been challenging fundraising during a recession but our community and the People of the State of Washington have been immensely helpful. We were granted a Washington State Capital Budget Appropriation in 2011 in the amount of 1.36 million (netting 1.319). We were granted another in 2013 for an additional $500,000 We have also raised almost $700,000 from our community and have a commitment of a private loan for $250,000, and a bank loan for another $250,000.
Costs have risen sharply in the last two years – so our funding needs have increased as well. We have finished phase 1 construction – but are still in need of approximately $500,000 in order for to finish and furnish the first class facility our seniors need and deserve.
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