The Senior Connection in Hailey was awarded a $142,760 grant to remodel portions of its busy and well-used building in Hailey.
The organization touches the lives of 70 percent of the 4,226 people in Blaine County over 65, providing lively group lunches, meals on wheels, transportation services and fitness classes.
The Community Development Block Grant funding will be used to refurbish parts of the Senior Connection’s base of operations at 721 Third Ave. South in Hailey.
An entry vestibule, a maintenance closet and the front desk will be upgraded. A meeting room will be turned into to a full-fledged Senior Information and Resource Center.
“This is where staff can help clients or family members navigate longevity for themselves or a loved one,” said Senior Connection Executive Director Teresa Beahen Lipman. “And we will hold their hand doing it, helping them fill out applications or online forms.”
The Senior Connection serves 22,000 individual free lunches for seniors each year and provides 4,000 rides to destinations around the valley. The work of the organization is supported by 3,500 volunteer hours each year.
For more on this story, see the Friday edition of the Idaho Mountain Express.