At least 2,700 more people participated in Douglas County Senior Services Inc. programs in 1995 than in 1994, according to an annual report presented Tuesday.
"This has been an interesting and exciting year," DCSS Executive Director Marguerite Carlson told about 50 people attending the organization's annual meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Lawrence Senior Center, 725 Vt.
Among highlights in 1995 cited by organizers:
- The number of classes offered by the leisure and learning program increased 65 percent from the previous year. The number of participants rose from 475 in 1994 to 716 in 1995.
- An adult day-care program for people with Alzheimer's disease started in 1995 helped 33 people.
- The number of Bus 62 rides increased from 24,000 in 1994 to 29,200 in 1995. The buses provide free rides to Douglas County residents age 60 or above.
"There have been very few times where we have had to say, 'No, (a ride) just won't fit into the schedule,'" said Dennis Mullen, manager of DCSS transportation services.
Carlson said DCSS also faces challenges in the upcoming year.
Among those is finding a new meal site, preferably west of Iowa Street. A new site is necessary after the Baptist Center at 1629 W. 29th declined to continue its help funding the meal site there, Carlson said.
The news Tuesday wasn't all about the past year. Carlson said that, beginning today, all four bathrooms at the Senior Center will begin renovations through a $20,000 Community Development Block Grant. The renovations should take several weeks, she said.
DCSS is funded through county property taxes, state and federal grants, private donations and fund-raising activities. The organization's budget for 1995 was $747,100.