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3 Northern Kentucky Senior Centers Will Continue Operations Under NKCAC

The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission is stepping up to cover some of the fall out from the sudden closure of Senior Services of Northern Kentucky last year.

NKCAC announced Thursday that it will manage the operations of three senior centers formerly operated by SSNK after being awarded the contract by the Northern Kentucky Area Development District.

The senior centers located in Elsmere, Ludlow, and Williamstown will have their day-to-day operations and strategic directions led by NKCAC.

“Adults over the age of 60 are a critical population that deserve to have the resources and opportunities to live a healthy, productive, engaged life," said NKCAC executive director Florence Tandy, in a news release. "Managing these senior centers was a natural extension of our work because it complements the senior employment programs we’ve been managing for years.”

The senior centers will continue to provide meal and nutrition programs, information assistance, health and wellness programs, social and recreational activities, and educational opportunities. In addition, NKCAC will focus on volunteer and civic engagement opportunities which connect seniors to their communities in positive, productive ways while also improving the physical condition of the Centers and the equipment available at each location. 

“Our vision is to raise the level of impact we are having on lives of the Seniors who attend the Centers as well as the communities in which the Centers are located," Tandy said. "Each Center has the opportunity to be a convening point for the entire community. We see the Elsmere and Ludlow community resources as natural locations for family reunions, baby showers, civic and corporate meetings.  We are committed to being a central figure in the communities we serve.”

In order to ensure the facilities are properly equipped to support Seniors as well as community needs, a “wish list” identifying equipment, furniture, and programmatic needs has been developed; and, community-wide contributions are being sought. 

Reaction from one local leader was positive.

“I am pleased that the Elsmere Senior Center will be managed by a professional, community focused organization like NKCAC that has a strong reputation for providing valuable services.  Without the support of the NKADD and NKCAC, Elsmere would have had to take on operating the senior center, which would have been a budgetary strain.  And, the vision NKCAC has presented for the center is exciting and creative,” said Elsmere Mayor Marty Lenhof, in a statement.

NKCAC has hired Rhonda Chisenhall as its Senior Centers Program Director, overseeing the Ludlow, Elsmere, and Williamstown locations. Chisenhall has extensive experience in marketing, community engagement, volunteer management, and development. She comes to the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission after a 23-year career with the American Cancer Society where she held positions in fundraising, statewide development, marketing, and training.

Most Senior Center activities are free and open to anyone over the age of 60. It is not required that participants live in the city in which the center is located. For more information on NKCAC’s Senior Centers, Senior Employment, and “wish list” of needs for seniors go to www.NKYCAC.org.

-Staff report

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