Grant supports seniors and community member in Parker

January 3, 2018 by  

The Parker Senior Center was one of six recipients of a grant from the Douglas County Senior Foundation.

Volunteers run the foundation, which does not have an endowment fund, said Brian Kirstein, treasurer, and relies on donations from the community every year. The volunteers are the ones who review the grant applications, each of which typically is for more than what can be provided by the foundation, Nikky Hoy, a member of the board commented.

Jan Dengal, manager of the Parker Senior Center, said the money they received will go towards the meal program. Each year, the center provides 8,000 lunches to seniors and also to the general community.

The center charges $4.00 a meal unless a payment cannot be made. Dengal added that no one is ever turned down. Having the support of the Douglas County Senior Foundation has enabled the center to operate and maintain its low costs to the community

Seniors who find themselves shut in or grounded consider the center a place where they can gather so they can get out of their homes and get a nutritious and hot meal. Dengal commended the foundation for the work they do in the County.

Flyers are often used to publicize the benefits of such donations and the results that are afforded to support those in need.