Sylvania Township trustees have approved placing a 0.42-mill renewal levy on the November ballot for the Sylvania Senior Center.
Claire Proctor, director of Sylvania Community Services which manages the center, said a renewal of the five-year operating levy will allow for the center to maintain programs and staff. The facility’s budget will remain generally as it is.
The levy, she said, provides about $550,000 annually, which is 77 percent of the senior center’s revenue. Other sources are income from programs, grants and donations and about $90,000 from the Lucas County Area Office on Aging.
Ms. Proctor said there have recently been some savings due to a schedule of changing over to LED lighting, renegotiating some fees for instructors and bringing outdoor maintenance in-house.
She noted that the Sylvania Senior Center has been accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers/National Council on Aging.
Ms Proctor added that fewer than two percent of the country’s 15,000 senior center get that accreditation.
Among other things, the center has a computer room, a woodworking shop, a room for billiards, a gym and a library.
Courses are available in computers, yoga and other interests.
There are programs in such things as nutrition and estate planning.
There is also a large lunchroom where a nutritious meal is available each day.
Ms. Proctor noted that, if passed, the levy would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $27 annually.
Julie Graf, director of the center since 2003, said the center serves 2,200 individual visitors to the center each year.
She said that she and her staff work to provide programming which will involve seniors as a means of reducing the feeling of isolation some develop.
She and Ms. Proctor both pointed to the fact that many seniors may be retired, a spouse might die, any children might not be available.
Those changes are difficult and many of the programs available at the senior center involve collaboration.
She related three examples of people who had been feeling isolated or adrift, but became active members of the center sometimes by direct help from members of the staff or just by making friends there.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Published Date: June 9, 2020
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