ASHTABULA — City residents are being asked to approve a renewal levy Nov. 3 to fund the Ashtabula Senior Center.

The levy is a renewal, 0.3 mill, and passage will not result in any additional taxes. The levy generates about  $59,000 annually and the cost to the owner of a $100,000 home is about $9.20 a year.

“The Ashtabula Senior Center is fortunate to have voters support the levy every five years in order to fund programs, transportation, maintenance and operations that support the seniors in the county,” Executive Director Lisa Bruckman said. “Senior Center programs keep people in their homes and out of nursing homes, and it’s meant to improve their overall quality of life, give them opportunities to do new things, and just make an impact on the community.”

The Ashtabula Senior Center was established in 1973 and offers a supportive environment for seniors through a number of events and services. It offers a variety of programs and services for people ages 55 and older.

“We are grateful to voters for recognizing the impact our organization has on the senior population, as well as their generosity in supporting the renewal levy,” Bruckman said. “We really could not operate the senior center without the levy.”

About one-third of the Senior Center’s funding comes from this levy, she said. 

While the senior population is asked to stay at home during the COVID-19 health crisis, the Ashtabula Senior Center continues to provide services for area seniors. The center is closed to in-person group activities.

The center is providing handyman services, medical equipment lending, delivering meals and offering meal vouchers to local restaurants. 

Many programs have been moved to virtual program presentations and food box distribution.

“We are grocery shopping for seniors and delivering them to their door,” Bruckman said. “We are providing safe and sanitized transportation to local grocery shores, banks and pharmacies, and we are delivering essential items like toilet paper and face masks.”

The center also is arranging for prescriptions to be picked up and delivered.

Wellness checks are being done through phone calls.

“A simple ‘how are you doing’ can brighten the life of an elder who has been isolated in their home, alone, for more than six months,” Bruckman said. “Social isolation takes its toll on seniors.”

For Halloween, the center will host a Halloween Grab and Go Barbecue from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 30, replacing the in-person Halloween costume party normally hosted by the center.

“Everyone is welcome to participate in the Grab and Go, they just need to call the center and reserve a meal,” she said.

The Senior Center also is providing transportation to Jefferson for early voting. Anyone who needs a ride or assistance, call the center at 440-998-6750.


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