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.