GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — Senior centers in Wyoming are working hard to keep programs running despite state budget cuts and some centers are seeking grants for food and supplies.
In addition to food and other activities, the centers provide social contacts for people who are lonely, and they help keep seniors active.
The cutbacks are part of an overall statewide budget cut after Gov. Matt Mead said the Department of Health needed to slash $90 million.
The Aging Division, which deals with senior citizens, is coping with a $3 million reduction.
Cutbacks include a program that helps centers provide care to seniors while enabling them to remain in their homes.
Sheela Schermetzler, Golden Hour Senior Center executive director, said the cutbacks have taken a toll.
“We’re getting by. It’s not as good as it was, but it’s an OK situation,” she said.
The Wyoming Senior Services Board will lose about $1 million due to the recent cuts, the Rocket-Miner reported (http://tinyurl.com/hfc7ese).
Ann Rossi, Campbell County Senior Center director, said the budget constraints will have statewide impacts.
Schermetzler said the senior center applied for a Department of Health and Human Service nutrition grant to help pay for the cost of food and supplies. They are also soliciting donations.
“We can’t request our folks to pay for the lunch, but we can kindly request a contribution,” she said. “The purpose of the grant is to help those that are in that lower-income area. They can come and have a nutritious meal.”
Information from: Rock Springs (Wyo.) Rocket-Miner, http://www.rocketminer.com