Senior center asks council for help

A request to help the city’s senior citizens was heard at Monday night’s Red Bud City Council.

Marilyn Langrehr, the site coordinator of the Red Bud Senior Center, took an opportunity to speak to the council during the meeting’s public comments, urging them for assistance.

The senior center is currently operating out of Red Bud First Baptist Church on West Market Street. It moved there in late 2013 from its previous location north of town. Over the years, the center has dealt with reductions in funding from the city, as well as the state, which has forced it to reduce days they are open and services provided.

I want to stress the importance of our center, in that it plays an important role in the lives of our seniors,” Langrehr told the council.

Our center is currently open Monday through Thursday mornings, attendance at the center provides social interaction and seniors receive nutritious meals. We also deliver meals to those seniors in our community who are unable to leave their homes. They truly count on us for their daily meals and they are so appreciative to see us, as that may be their only opportunity to talk with someone that entire day.”

Langrehr noted that the center has been trying to find a new location for some time, and now that the church is also housing Perandoe’s high school program, the need is more urgent.

For more from the city council’s meeting, please see this week’s print edition.