Seniors living in Prairie Grove may have to find a new place to get together in their community.
The town’s senior center is facing serious financial problems, and if it doesn’t get enough donations, it will only be able to stay open part time.
Knwa looked into how many seniors this could affect.
“It gives us activities, instead of us being at home sitting in front of the television set and literally just dying, we’ve got some place to come and to enjoy activities and the fellowship of other people,” Senior Center Regular Molly Torres said.
Torres has been coming to the Prairie Grove Senior Center for the past decade to stay healthy, make friends, and be part of a fellowship.
The center provides daily meals to seniors, either at the center or through the Meals on Wheels program.
Right now around 40 people rely on those meals and somewhere between 20 to 30 seniors come to the center everyday.
“It’s great that we’ve got this, and I don’t know what Prairie Grove would do without it because we’ve got a lot of senior citizens that need some place to go,” Torrez said.
Prairie Grove is so small that without the center many seniors would be left with zero options for fun activities to keep the young at heart entertained and friendships maintained.
To stay fully operational for this year the senior center needs to raise $20,000 by June 30th at the end of their fiscal year.
Jonathan Woodliff with the Prairie Grove Senior Center said they started a campaign to help raise that $20,000.
“This campaign have a heart and give 5 dollars to meals on wheels. You can call this number and talk to us and we’ll be happy to take your money,” Woodliff said.
“If we didn’t have the opportunity to come up here and meet with people, our minds would literally just deteriorate,”Torres said.
The senior center needs volunteers, as well as $20,000 in donations to keep the center open and keep its Meals on Wheels program going.
You can donate to the cause by calling the senior center at (479) 846-2794