New Day Break Facility Is Funded

Senior Center Director Carmen Rideout, left, and Development Director Rindy West with plans for new facility. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Senior Center Director Carmen Rideout, left, and Development Director Rindy West with plans for new facility. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The proposed new Day Break facility for the Sheridan Senior Center is fully funded.

Center Director Carmen Rideout and Development Director Rindy West said a $500,000 grant from the state, and matching funds from six local foundations have covered the expected costs of construction. The new facility, to be located in a separate building but adjacent to the center on Smith Street, is projected to cost just over $900,000.

In addition, Whitney Benefits has donated the site for the building. The center director said the next step will be to get with Sheridan city officials to talk about a timeline for the new construction. She praised the city for helping secure the recent Business Ready Community Grant.

She and the development director said those who contributed funds as a match for the grant include the Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation, Griffith Foundation, Marna Kuehne (KEE-nee) Foundation, the Welch Foundation, Joe and Arlene Watt Foundation and Dr. Sy Thickman.

Day Break is an elder care program operated by the senior center since 1992 to provide a safe gathering place for adults who require assistance with daily activities, require health monitoring and supervision, and/or who have experienced memory loss, cognitive impairment or a neurological condition. Day Break Director Barb Blue says the facility also allows adult caregivers a chance to leave family or loved ones in a safe environment while they take a needed break for themselves.

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