Senior center temporarily closes doors
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
The Service Center for Older Americans of Houston County in Crockett announced Wednesday, May 4 that it is temporarily closed. Norma Dell Jones, president of the center’s board of directors, explained there was a meeting between the senior citizens’ center officials and officials from the Deep East Texas Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging on Wednesday. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways for the Crockett center to resolve its financial problems and “get over this hump,” Jones said. A representative from the Ratcliff Senior Citizens Center also attended due to some questions she had for Holly Anderson, director of the DETCOG Area Agency on Aging. Jones described Anderson and the other officials who attended as “quite nice . . . very nice, very good.” Another reason for the meeting, Jones said, was to prepare for the center’s audit. That audit is expected to start on Tuesday, May 10. Although the center itself is closed, Jones said Meals on Wheels deliveries may resume sometime next week. She expressed concern for the shut-ins who are dependent on Meals on Wheels. When asked what officials will be doing between now and June 30 when they hope to re-open the center, Jones said they will be further examining the issues faced by the center and seeking solutions. Jones and Glenna Enos, executive director of the center, both emphasized it is not just the Crockett center that is having difficulty. Other centers in the East Texas region and throughout the country are looking for ways to replace federal government funding that is no longer available. Both Jones and Enos remain optimistic the center soon will recover and continue to serve the needs of Houston County’s elderly citizens.