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KPIC TV Wednesday, September 27th 2017 by News Staff

Roseburg Senior Center finalizes building purchase, hosts celebration luncheon

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Roseburg Senior Center is well on the way to its goal of becoming an independent, self-supporting nonprofit with its own building, center officials said in a news release.

Loan papers were recently signed with Oregon Pacific Bank to purchase the property at 1614 SE Stephens Street in Roseburg that the organization has leased since September 2014.  A celebration luncheon is set for noon Friday, September 29, at the Senior Center.

“Having a mortgage might seem like a strange thing to celebrate,” says Linda Sheridan, Treasurer of the Roseburg Senior Center. “But finally being in charge of our own building and operations means a lot to us after so many years of being dependent on other entities for our space.”

The Roseburg Senior Center launched a fundraising campaign in August 2016 as the end of its two-year lease approached.  Grant applications, a direct-mail campaign, and an innovative 2017 fundraiser photo calendar were part of the campaign.  The down payment for the building purchase was made with the help of a challenge grant from The Ford Family Foundation, generous support from the community plus contributions from Senior Center members toward a building fund that had been started many years ago.  The property is valued at over $1 million and the loan is for $300,000 over 5 years.

The Roseburg Senior Center conducted elections for its new 15-member board of directors last week. “We are ready to roll up our sleeves with new energy to operate the Center as a thriving, self-sustaining organization that serves local seniors and our entire community,” says Sheridan.  One of the newest ways the Senior Center serves the community is by hosting the Southside Community Market in its parking lot on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. through October, offering fresh produce, baked goods and other local products.

The Roseburg Senior Center board of directors is gathering bids and drafting plans to generate revenue for building renovations that include roof repairs, a fire sprinkler system, ADA-compliant bathrooms, a new covered entryway, library and reading rooms.  The organization hopes to develop other parts of its building for additional revenue-generating activities and to expand its kitchen to create culinary teaching space.

CHI Mercy Health provided a $50,000 donation toward the first phase of the work.  Sheridan says the funds will go toward the roof, fire sprinklers and ADA-compliant bathrooms.

The Roseburg Senior Center was established in 1965 and operates a welcoming place in Roseburg for seniors to gather to enjoy fellowship, healthy meals, music, games, artistic creativity, classes and special events.   Membership is open to anyone 50 years and older and is $24 per year.  It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Roseburg Senior Center

The Roseburg Senior Center was Started in 1965 by John Gray at 327 SE Jackson ST. and was open to anyone 50 years or older.  We were incorporated May 13, 1965.  The center was open from 1pm to 5pm weekdays.

June 1972 the Center moved to The Women's Club at 747 Mosher St. and on March 8, 1979, then moved again to 621 W Madrone and was considered to be a multi purpose Senior Center opened from 9am to 5pm weekdays.  On December 15, 2014 we moved to our current location at 1614 SE Stephens St. in Roseburg.  On May 16, 2015 the Roseburg Senior Center held its 50th Anniversary and Grand Opening at the new location.

Today we offer pool, Monday penny bingo, Wednesday, afternoon and Friday evenings bingo, cribbage, pinochle, chess, weekly oil painting, weekly craft group, weekly woodcarvers, and weekly Friday Senior Luncheon. We have a yearly craft fair with lunch.  Throughout the year we offer other programs of interest.  We have a wonderful tour group planning one day trip.

Web Screen Shots 50th Anniversary and Grand Opening at 1614 SE Stephens St.