A little over four months ago the Sheridan Senior Center obtained the services Community Builders Inc. to conduct a needs assessment for the Senior Center.
Monday, the consultants presented the preliminary needs assessment report to the Sheridan City Council during a work session. The consultants pointed out that by the year 2015, the projected population in Sheridan of those 50 years of age and older will be 11.4%, and that those 60 years and older will make up 21.6% of the population.
To accommodate that type of growth, the needs assessment showed that the Senior Center has to find ways to increase revenue incrementally and reduce expenses.
Joe Coyne with Community Builders Inc. explains one of the ways the Senior Center can achieve that in the coming years.
Coyne also stated that the needs assessment indicated that there are several programs at the Senior Center that are operating at a deficit. Those being the nutrition, transportation and in-home services programs.
The report also recommended that the Senior Center look into expanding with several satellite facilities within Sheridan, as expansion of the current facility was not a very feasible option. Currently, the Sheridan Senior Center has satellite facilities in Dayton and Ranchester, but none within Sheridan.
Senior Center Executive Director Carmen Rideout said that the 80 plus page report will be taken to the Board of Directors for their consideration before any type of decision is made on implementation of the recommendations from the needs assessment.