New office for South-Central Colorado Seniors

Courier photo by John Waters Left to right, are Helen Taylor, Lorrie Quintana, board member and Costilla County Commissioner, Stephanie Sales, Ken Anderson, Monica Wolfe, Betty Scott, Gene Glover, Rio Grande County Commissioner, and board member, and Joseph Baroz, Conejos County Commissioner and board member. Employees from Alcon Construction are pictured in the background.

ALAMOSA — On a stunning spring day about 20 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony in Alamosa for a new business office for South-Central Colorado Seniors (SCCS) on April 12. Those attending included employees, board members of the non-profit, employees of Alcon Construction, and several county commissioners from Rio Grande, Conejos, and Costilla counties who also serve on the board.

Monica Wolfe, Director at SCCS, said the facility, which will be located off of Adcock Drive in Alamosa, is estimated to cost about $1.7 million and is expected to be completed by November.

"We did get a grant for this building, this will be our new administrative offices. Currently, we are in a little tiny house on Third Street in Alamosa where we have seven employees. Senate Bill 290 provided the grant,” Wolfe said.

SCCS Board President and Rio Grande County Commissioner Gene Glover said, "This is a community building and will represent the whole San Luis Valley, it is being built here in Alamosa due to this being a central location for the entire Valley."

Lorrie Quintana, Board Member and Costilla County Commissioner told the Valley Courier, "This is a well-needed building, if you have seen the movie, Hoarders, with things piled up, that is their office, it is a very tight space."

The non-profit agency provides a variety of services including disease prevention/health promotion, support services, a long-term care ombudsman, SHIP State Health Insurance Assistance Program, and nutrition assistance.

SCCS provides meals and community at the Alamosa Community Center, Antonito Senior Center, Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center, Center Housing Authority, the United Pioneer Church in Del Norte, and at the Little Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Chapel in Crestone.

Wolfe said the non-profit accepts grants. For more information, visit online www.slvaaa.org or call 719-589-4511.