By CALVIN PYNN
The process to fund Pulaski’s upcoming Adult Day Service & Fall Prevention Center is underway as the team behind the center is reaching out to help build it.
The Pulaski Adult Day Service & Fall Prevention Center Board started the launch of their capital campaign on Thursday with a “Friend-Raising” luncheon meeting at Dublin United Methodist Church.
Board Treasurer Alecia Stanley explained that the development of the center has been a personal effort on her part, as well as the rest of the board members.
“Just about everybody on the board has a story connected with why they think adult day service is so important,” said Stanley. “My mantra for years has been: there are way too many people that don’t even know what adult day service is.”
Stanley explained the concept behind Friend-Raising as a means of spreading awareness about a cause by inspiring passion in other people about it, with the intent for them to make others aware. Other members of the board who spoke about the effort included Chair Linda Davis, Vice Chair Marcella Griggs and Becky McLeod.
So far, the Board has $700,000 to rehabilitate the former Newbern Elementary School to house the Adult Day Service and Fall Prevention Center. Those initial funds were made possible through a Community Development Block Grant, which was obtained with the help of the county’s administrators.
According to Robert Hiss, assistant county administrator, the new service will be a huge benefit to Pulaski once it’s up and running. Specifically, he noted that an improved quality of life for some, as well as the opportunity for more people to transition back into the workforce, will be among the potential positive results.
“It’ll just be another tool in our tool basket of things that we offer in Pulaski County that offer a good quality of life that not all rural communities have,” said Hiss.
The Adult Day Service will be dedicated to looking after senior citizens who require health monitoring throughout the day, as well as hosting a positive, active environment. The Fall Prevention Center will conduct fall risk assessment and intervention, as well as scheduled follow-ups for older adults that experience such an emergency.
At this point, the Board is working to raise $500,000 to reach an overall goal of $1.2 million. Board member Sara Terry explained during her presentation at the event that they are currently working to develop relations with various donors and foundations.
“We are in what we call the ‘silent phase’ of our capital campaign,” said Terry.
Terry also added that the Board plans to reach their “public phase,” and hopes to break ground on the center by May.
The Adult Day Service & Fall Prevention Center is expected to be completed by June 2015. For more information, call 540-200-8783, or visit www.pulaskiadultdayservice.org.