HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) – Three local senior citizen centers have reopened, after a state budget impasse which forced their closure late last year.
At Shenango Valley Senior Center in Hermitage, seniors are celebrating the reopening. Also opening recently were senior centers in Sandy Lake and Grove City, Pa. A Greenville center received enough money to reopen, but it remained closed for construction on the building.
Penny Meislik, a regular at the Shenango Valley Senior Center, said she is pleased that the center reopened.
“Oh, I’m absolutely ecstatic,” she said. “It’s giving us all something to do, and we’re back with all of our friends.”
Meislik lives alone and said she relies on the center, which has been closed for two months. Others say they were bored without the daily activities that used to take up their day.
“It was boring at home, not to do anything. I can do some things, but I like to have someone to talk to,” said Margaret Roy.
Kim Glatfelter is the director of the center. She said the state stopped funding the center four months ago, and even though the budget hasn’t settled yet, the state recently released six months of emergency funding so that the center could open its doors.
The center offers activities like painting, singing and arts and crafts.
Glatfelter said she is unsure of how long the senior center will stay open, citing the Pennsylvania state budget process.
It is unknown how long it will take to approve a state budget, but many say talks may stretch through the April primary election.