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Delta County Senior Resource Council disbands

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Delta County Senior Resource Council members have voted to dissolve the organization.

"When we started [DCSRC] back in 2005, no other organization was effectively fulfilling the need for outreach and education to seniors in Delta County. With the recent developments by Region 10 Area Agency on Aging and the ADRC (Aging and Disability Resources Center), there is now a duplication of services: it's time to change," DCSRC member Beth French acknowledged sadly.

On April 28, about 20 members met to determine the future for this nonprofit organization. Some shared concerns about attending the DCSRC meetings as well as those offered through similar organizations and noted they often saw the same people and discussed similar issues. While others agreed, they noted that commitment to seniors in Delta County was very important to them personally and to the businesses they represented. Still others pointed out that DCSRC's operations are unsustainable with the retirement of the senior coordinator, Leah Lewis, who has served since 2008, and the limited funding sources. Consequently, those present voted unanimously to dissolve the organization and to direct all remaining financial resources be earmarked for activities benefiting seniors in Delta County.

The Delta County Senior Resource Council members, together with the senior coordinator, have hosted very popular annual senior events such as the spring "Senior Prom" and the fall Expo. As Region 10 Community Living Services director Eva Veitch enthusiastically pointed out, the successes for seniors in Delta County need to be replicated to benefit seniors in the other five counties comprising Region 10. Further, she encouraged more active involvement of those present with Region 10 and ADRC so seniors of this county may also benefit from what's working elsewhere.

The meeting adjourned with all acknowledging that serving the needs of seniors in the Delta County communities will continue; it may just look different.

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