Forsyth Senior Friendship Center Building Problems

FORSYTH, Mo -- A popular senior center in Forsyth is facing the possibility of losing their license to operate.

For the past 43-years, the Forsyth Senior Friendship Center has helped seniors in Eastern Taney County with many needs - including meals for those who are homebound. But Glenda Hunt, Secretary Treasurer for the Board of Directors at the center says they purchased 8 acres of land for a new twelve thousand square feet facility, just a few miles away from their current center. She says they did it because not only have they outgrown their current building, but a serious structural problem could lead to a visit from the health department. "This building originally was a garage believe it or not. And we serve out of this kitchen between thirty-five-hundred and four-thousand meals a month to our home bound recipients. So the septic system is not designed for that." Hunt says purchasing another septic system is just not feasible. "We have gotten bids on getting a new septic system. However not only is it a large cost, but we would also be losing at least half of our parking space."

Naomi Jean Storh is a volunteer at the center. She says the need for a new center is great. "More people have been out here from even lunches. And we've had to deliver more meals on wheels or at home to people because they have the flu." 

Hunt says if that septic system goes down, then the board of health would come in an actually close down the kitchen. She says the cost of the new center is right at two and a half million-dollars. They're hoping to break ground in about two years. 


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