Harbert, March 1, 2018 - The River Valley Senior Center announced an award of $100,000 from The Pokagon Fund in support of Phase ll of the Center’s current facility renovation. Additionally, The Pokagon Fund offered the Center another $5,000 in matching grants to be used for programming for seniors.
Responding with enthusiasm to the announcement from The Pokagon Fund, River Valley Senior Center Executive Director Tim Hawkins said the Center has a clear path to financing Phase ll without incurring debt. “We are grateful that The Pokagon Fund has the confidence in us to assist us in fulfilling our mission,” added Hawkins.
Founded in 1973 by the Berrien County Council on Aging, The River Valley Senior Center offers a range of services for area residents ages 60 and older. “The Center plays an important role in community vitality by providing a welcome space for Harbor Country seniors to gather with friends, attend special events out of town, or engage in activities such as making crafts, fitness and health programs and life-long learning,” said The Pokagon Fund Board Chair Rob Gow.
The facility renovation began in 2017 with Phase l, which included a new ADA-compliant entryway, board room and library. Phase ll slated to begin in March, will focus on the first floor staff offices, creating ADA-compliant restrooms, remodeling the great room and nurse’s office and adding a new activity room. “According to the National Council on Aging, more than 11,000 senior centers across the United States provide outreach services daily to 1 million adults aged 50 and older. The River Valley Senior Center serves as a focal point for our elders, and we’re fortunate to have this valuable resource available to the public,” added Gow.
Phase lll of the River Valley Senior Center will begin in July. The Center is actively engaged in fundraising for the final phase. If you would like to contribute to the building fund, please call Executive Director, Tim Hawkins at 269 469-4556 or email at email@example.com.