Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chesco church to host events for displaced seniors

CHESTER COUNTY

Seniors events to be hosted by church

THORNDALE Seniors forced out of the Downingtown Area Senior Center in November when officials detected a strange odor have a temporary home in a nearby church while the cause of the smell is investigated.

Thorndale United Methodist Church opened its doors to the seniors on Tuesday. It will host exercise classes, games, meals, and social gatherings weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Downingtown Borough Hall will host a few of the senior center's other programs.

"It's not fixing all our problems," said Ben Bruton, president of the center's board of directors, "but it's at least allowing the seniors to get together and see their friends and get out of the heat."

In November, an odd smell that had closed the senior center previously came back. The center, which hosted 50 to 100 seniors per day at its home in Downingtown, has been holding gatherings wherever it could since then.

The center hopes to reopen its doors by the end of the year.

The move has put a financial strain on the center, which is paying $4,000 per month for space at the church and $2,300 per month for its permanent home, Bruton said. - Michaelle Bond

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