HENRY CO., AL (WSFA) - A senior center in the Henry County town of Haleburg that's been open for two decades faces an uncertain future. Staff at the Haleburg Senior Center say limited funding could force the center to shut down operations.
According to the center, close to 16 senior citizens attend daily to receive a hot meal, fellowship, and to participate in planned seminars. The center also provides meals and services for 9 senior citizens who are homebound.
Over the last few days, there has been concern the center would close by the end of the year because they didn't have enough money to meet their budget deficit of $5,000. Staff say recent donations have helped balance the budget for the remainder of the year and will help them stay afloat into next year, but long-term is questionable.
Although they get money from the Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging and generate money renting out the facility and serving as a pay station for Pea River Cooperative - the need more money and the town doesn't have the extra nearly $15,000 yearly to pay for things like utilities or maintenance of the center's shuttle bus.
The center also says they don't get any revenue generated by local businesses because there is no business in the town. They get some money from taxes on things like tags, property, and insurance from Henry County, but they're really hoping the community will step in to help.
"We've had a couple donations and they are greatly appreciated," said center director Amanda Henderson. "We're going to put them to use for exactly the purpose they were intended We need to keep the flow coming in for just a little while because we still have to look at the year after."
They are also looking to host fundraisers in the future and are looking into grants that may help fund the center. If you are interested in donating, you can contact the center at 334.696.2248. The staff says in addition to monetary donations, donations of things like tissue, paper towels, and cleaning supplies would be greatly appreciated.