Being a town that treasures its elderly, the community came together to upgrade the Geraldine Senior Center.
According to Geraldine Mayor Chuck Ables, the senior center’s upgrades include new lights, new flooring, walls were removed to make more room, new appliances, new cabinets, a stock closet and a handicap accessible bathroom. He said the approximate cost of the upgrades was $35,000.
Ables said the town received help with funding and labor for the project. He said Rep. Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, donated $5,000 to use toward the “major upgrades” to the senior center. He said local contractor Jeff Buttram, owner of Geraldine Hardware, donated his time to complete the upgrades on the senior center. He said Buttram helped the town be able to get the most out of the funding since he donated all of the labor for the project. The DeKalb County Commission also assisted with the upgrades by issuing the town a grant, he said.
“Kerry Rich and Clay Scofield have been really good to us,” Ables said. “Jeff Buttram donated a lot of his time to help us.”
Ables said Geraldine Town Councilmen Larry Shellhorse, Tim Guest and current Councilman Larry Lingerfelt built the handicap ramp into the senior center to make it more accessible in 2016.
Geraldine Senior Center Director Annette Rowell said the upgrades have made a difference in her ability to prepare meals and host events, and the center recently held an open house to welcome people to see all of the changes. She said only through hard work and dedication the center was able to complete the project, and they were proud to share that with the community. She said the senior center provides a place to stay in touch with friends and develop new friendships, and she encourages anyone 60 years of age or over to visit during the senior center, located at 152 Old Mill Street, Geraldine, during its hours of operation, which are Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - noon.
She said the Town of Geraldine and the DeKalb County Council on Aging partnered to provide an environment where senior citizens could meet to socialize, share and play games. A “nutritious and well-balanced” lunch is served at 11 a.m. each day, she said. Also, she said if transportation to the center is needed one can call the center for assistance at 256-659-4068.
The Geraldine Senior Center is also available to rent for meetings or family gatherings, Rowell said. She said to call Geraldine’s Town Hall at 256-659-2122 for more information.