City of Chireno creating senior center spaces with grant, city funds

City of Chireno creating senior center spaces with grant, city funds
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 1:15 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 17, 2023 at 9:13 PM CST
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CHIRENO, Texas (KTRE) - The City of Chireno is undertaking a $300,000 renovation to its community center to create a new resource for senior citizens.

Steven Spencer, City Administrator for Chireno, says council has been wanting to create a senior center for the senior population for awhile now. What once were offices in the back of the city’s community center will now become a place where seniors can hang out. Spencer says the council saw this need after other programs for their seniors had been done away with.

“They want to put back into the community to give the elderly something to do other than sit at the house. We’re trying to get something back and going,” Spencer said.

The center can hold between 30 to 40 people at a time and will have tables seniors can visit and play games at, a coffee bar, a kitchen and bathrooms.

“So they can come drink coffee, and visit, and get out of the house,” Spencer said.

Spencer says they have been applying for grants to make the center happen for awhile.

“We’ve applied for grants for several years and were turned down, and now to our surprise eventually accepted our application and funded us,” Spencer said.

Two thirds of the estimated $300,000 project will be paid for by a grant from the State. The city will pay for the other part.

“Prices went up to the point where the grant is doing some of it, and we’re covering some of it out of our own funds,” Spencer said.

Spencer says the City recognizes the importance of this center.

“We know the importance of keeping everybody moving, and giving them a place to go where they can actually interact with other people,” Spencer said.

Spencer says they are continuing to invest and improve the lives of the people who live in Chireno.

“Giving them a place to gather, and talk to people their own age, from their own era, I think will be beneficial just to pour the good into the community for the seniors,” Spencer said.

The senior center is tentatively set to open in May.