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Senior Services of Northern Kentucky shuts down its operation, seniors will still get services


Senior Services of Northern Kentucky stopped all of its operations Friday because its losses were too much to overcome.

Marty Herbert and his wife were employees with Senior Services. They managed the Florence Senior Activity Center.

He says he heard the news a week before it happened.

"We heard the initial news last week while we were on vacation,” said Herbert.

Now, Herbert spent his final day working for the Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, and that had a lot of seniors not happy.

"Yeah people were very disturbed when they heard it,” said Herbert. “They were saddened by the fact that their centers might be closing."

Lisa Cooper is an executive director with the Norther Kentucky Area Development District says they were given very little time to react to the news that seniors would no longer have access to certain programs like senior center operations, nutrition, and transportation services.

“With that four day notice it was pretty much a scramble to make sure that the seniors that were served through their services would continue,” said Cooper.

Immediately they began putting the pieces of the puzzle back together so that these seniors wouldn't lose the services to help them live independently.

Cooper and the entire Northern Kentucky Community worked as one to make that happen.

One of the organizations is the Wesley Community Services. They are now providing meals to the doors or some of seniors in Northern Kentucky.

Executive director of Wesley Community Services, Ericka Dansby, says this was an easy accommodation they were able to make.

“We were asked if we could take on more seniors with our meal production, and of course we responded with a resounded yes,” said Dansby. "To date we've taken on more than 150 seniors and their meal needs."

Cooper says while they've made progress, they still have more work to be done.
The Northern Kentucky Area Development District says the services they're funding are meant to be permanent.
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