Senior Services Associates of Kane, Kendall and McHenry Counties announced the receipt of a grant that has provided our Aurora office with a new expanded telephone system, moved a good but too small system from Aurora to our Yorkville office and provided the Yorkville senior center commercial kitchen serving seniors meals, with a new commercial stove using a generous grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.
The growth of the Aurora area senior population and the addition of services to persons with disabilities age 18 to 59 mandated an increase in staff from 18 to 30. Similarly in Yorkville, our Kendall County office staff has increased from 5 to 12 persons. These expansions have strained many systems, none more than our telephone systems. We have expanded and maximized the telephone system in our Aurora office and in Yorkville; we did not have the space to add the lines needed for increased staff. The system from Aurora, still good, just not able to handle 30 plus staff, is now serving Yorkville very well at a fraction of the cost of a new system.
In Yorkville the very popular and important congregate meal program was eliminated for cost reasons, by another agency. We saw the need for the nutrition as well as socialization this program brought to seniors and opted to continue the program. The equipment we had to use was left in the Beecher center, Yorkville, for many years. This led to repair costs that the program could not afford.
The generous funding of our application allowed Senior Services to provide reliable service today and has given us the ability to expand when needed to serve the growing needs of seniors and persons with disabilities in Kendall County and the Aurora area.
Senior Services Associates staff, Board of Directors and 28,000 seniors and persons with disabilities we serve annually are grateful for the continued support of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley