Senior centers to get financial infusion

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Senior service centers in Trumbull County have been subject to budget cuts in recent years, but county commissioners on Wednesday gave them a financial boost.

Six centers will split $35,000 to add to their operating budget through June 2014, including:

  • Warren SCOPE Center, $5,750.15
  • Howland SCOPE Center, $6,325.16
  • Niles SCOPE Center, $6,325.16
  • Lordstown SCOPE Center, $4,600.12
  • Johnston Senior Center, $7,475.19
  • Farmington Senior Center, $4,524.22

“I think it will be good for them because most of the senior centers are struggling financially, and I think it will really help them out,” said Warren resident Donna Crean.

The extra money was made available after a senior center in McDonald never opened because of problems with the building where the center was going to be housed. The opening of that center has been delayed to July.

Trumbull County Senior Levy Administrator Diana Drawl said some centers such as Farmington were almost out of money and this new infusion will help them continue to operate. For other centers, new services will be added.

“It might mean additional programs that they may be able to do, more education programs, fitness programs, maybe even their meal programs,” said Drawl.

Ralph Smith with Warren SCOPE said they plan to use the money to kick start a new senior financial stability program.

“It is going to mean a lot, and we have this program we are looking at,” said Smith. We have a membership of about 2,200 right now, and at least 700 of those are widows.”

Officials with SCOPE said plans are still in the works to open a senior center in McDonald and they can re-apply in July for the money they lost.

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