DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) Laura Leger has been director of Daleville’s Senior Center for nine years. From games to hot meals, she knows how vital the center is to those 60 and older.
“It's really important for them to be able to come to a place that is kind of like a home away home," said Leger.
Leger serves more than 40 senior citizens daily. Now, thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging (SARCOA), the seniors are enjoying new amenities.
“Not only should we be tending to the seniors that come but also to the building to the grounds to making it more inviting to draw them in.”
Upgrades include painted parking lot lines, added concrete markers, new light fixtures and an awning. The city's Public Works Department put over 40 hours of manpower into the project.
“The seniors are important to the City of Daleville and the mayor," said Terry Hitchcock, City of Daleville Director of Public Works. "It’s a fun thing to do to help them out also. They don’t ask for a whole lot, so when they so, we try to help them out when we can. “It just makes you feel better when you get to help them out because they enjoy it.”
That labor of love, Leger says, will help attract more seniors to join the center.
"We're looking forward to being able to bring new faces in that way they can enjoy the activities that we offer instead of just sitting at home,” said Leger.
With about $1,000 remaining, the center plans to add more dining chairs and a gazebo to the grounds.
The $2,000 grant was made possible with the help of Senator Harri Anne Smith and the Daleville City Council.