Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Chesco senior centers to use grant money for workshops

CHESTER COUNTY

Senior centers get grants for forums

WEST CHESTER Chester County's six senior centers will get a total of $69,658 as winners of a state grant program to meet the needs of senior centers facing tight budgets.

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is giving more than $2 million to senior centers in the state. The county's centers served about 5,500 people last year.

The six centers, in West Chester, Phoenixville, Downingtown, Coatesville, Kennett Square, and Oxford, will split the money by need and use it for a new workshop series that will teach baby boomers about estate planning, modifying houses to meet changing needs, senior-living options, and health and wellness.

"We would not be able to do it, certainly at the level we plan to, without this money," said Kathy Sullivan, executive director of the West Chester Area Senior Center.

The centers expect to get the money in July and to start the yearlong workshop series around Oct. 1. They will hold the classes at night and on weekends, and will record some of the sessions for posting online.

- Michaelle Bond

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