Heritage Center in danger of closing due to lack of funding
June 19, 2017 at 6:21 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
The Out Post, Meals on Wheels, free or inexpensive transportation to doctor appointments and weekday lunches for seniors at the Heritage Center are all in danger of closing in Calhoun County.
Due to underfunding and lack of funding, the governing board has to make those kinds of decisions, and they are struggling to keep the doors open.
After crunching the budget and looking for solutions, the stark reality is that the center may close as soon as mid summer. Emergency measures already in place include reducing the paid staff and cutting the remaining staff's work day in half.
The Meals on Wheels program, delivered by volunteers, was delivered five days a week and is now delivered only Monday through Thursday, due to the funding shortage. Many of our seniors not only need the nourishment, but the volunteers are in many cases their only contact with people during the day. This contact allows our seniors to be checked on daily.
For these services to continue, the Heritage Center could possibly consider grant writers, donations or any help in maintaining this vital activity.
Don and Gracie Cook, volunteers, Port Lavaca