MOORE — On Thursday the Moore’s Brand Senior Citizen Community Center was buzzing with activity as several gathered for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the center’s recent expansion.
The center was expanded using funds from the 2012 Parks Improvement sales tax and a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In 1994, the Brand Senior Citizen Community Center opened with about 10,000 square feet. The expansion added 2,200 square feet and includes a sewing room, a ceramic and woodcarving room, a computer room, a billiards room and an area for dominos.
“We had the domino players in a different facility, we brought them back. And by the way, they are very mean domino players. Everyone there is very competitive,” City of Moore Parks and Recreation Director Todd Jenson said. “I think we should also thank the voters of Moore. In November 2012, they approved a 4 cent sales tax for parks, one of the things we did with that money was fund this expansion.”
The center, 501 E. Main St., is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. An average of 100 people per day take advantage of the facility, with attendance gradually increasing.
“Unfortunately, our funding level isn’t growing as much as demand is so in Fiscal Year 2011, when CDBG funds first became available to social service agencies, Aging Services was one of the recipients of those funds and continues to receive funds,” Karen Williams, senior center coordinator said. “Those funds over the years have helped us provide an additional 5,000 meals to homebound seniors. We wouldn’t of had the money in our budget to do that without the support of the Community Development Block Grant.”
Activities at the center include cards and dominos, quilting, pool, ceramics, nutritional programs, art lessons, crafts, a congregate meals program through Aging Services Inc., periodic hearing testing, monthly blood pressure and blood sugar screening, visits from legal aid representatives and other pertinent professional groups and other incidental activities.
“This is far and away the nicest facility in the whole metropolitan area.” Williams said. “I think that speaks volumes for the heart and soul of the community of Moore and the commitment they have to the people they have built if for. This is a wonderful place for seniors to come.”