The Seniors’ Resource Center site in Evergreen, which closed last spring at the start of the pandemic, will remain closed permanently, so the organization can focus on providing in-home care for …
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The Seniors’ Resource Center site in Evergreen, which closed last spring at the start of the pandemic, will remain closed permanently, so the organization can focus on providing in-home care for senior citizens in the foothills.
SRC President Chris Lynn said while he knew people would be upset that the Yellow House on Highway 73 is closing and the building sold, the SRC wasn’t leaving Evergreen and Conifer high and dry.
“We are providing care for people in their homes,” he said. “We are not leaving the community. We just will not be in that space.”
SRC also is closing its Englewood location. The organization hopes to hire seven additional care providers to assist in the types of services SRC has been offering, especially during the pandemic, including in-home care and meal delivery.
The move to close the Yellow House, which has operated since 1986, comes after the SRC downsized the staff and consolidated programs there and at its four other facilities in 2019. SRC centralized its services, laying off directors and assistant directors at all of its locations. In addition, employees in other positions who left weren’t replaced.
Then in 2020, SRC ended its transportation programs, outsourcing them to Via Mobility Services, which is starting services in Evergreen next week.
Linn said the Yellow House building is old and expensive to maintain. Saving money on the building upkeep will help the SRC provide more services to seniors, especially since there’s a greater need for in-home care.
In addition, he said the number of people attending the day programs at the Yellow House had been dwindling before the pandemic, and officials anticipated it would be a while before seniors would venture to group programs again. He didn’t rule out the SRC renting space in the foothills to provide senior day programs at a later date.
He said the change in seniors’ demand for services has forced the SRC to change its model for providing services, noting that seniors need a lot more attention in their homes. Keeping a building like the Yellow House, which is expensive to operate, open no longer made sense.
“I have to be a good steward of our funds, and hanging onto (that) property … is not a good use of our money,” he said. “The reality is SRC is a business. We are a nonprofit and a business, and we must remain good stewards of our funds.”
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