History of the Longmont Senior Center
Longmont Senior Center is owned and operated by the City of Longmont, Division of Senior Services.
Longmont Senior Program was founded in 1972 with funds from Title III of the Older American Act. The Golden Age Dance Club spearheaded efforts for the Center’s organization. Through City and HUD funds, a Senior Center was built in 1976. Initial programs included cards, dances, and potlucks. As participation increased, more programs were offered, encompassing a wide variety of service areas. The Center progressed to a new status as a multi-purpose Senior Center when employment, outreach, information, and referral were added to an expanded recreation program.
As the population of seniors increased, so did the need for more space; and in 1980, an addition was built onto the original structure. Space included a billiards room, two classrooms, a storage area and one office.
Senior Programs was originally under the Parks and Recreation Department until 1982 when, due to the growth of non-recreation services, it was deemed appropriate to identify the Senior Services Division and to place it under the broader scope of the Department of Human Services.
In 1987, a third addition was completed encompassing a commercial kitchen, dining room, two offices, a classroom and some storage space was added. In addition to the Senior Services Division, Longmont Meals on Wheels Inc. began to utilize space at the Senior Center. Meals-on-Wheels operates a lunch program five days a week at the Center as well as a home-delivered meal program.
For several years, Senior Services received a variety of grants to support outreach and emotional support to caregivers of older adults. In 1993 a half time Senior Resources Coordinator position was added to the team. This position later became full time and is dedicated to overseeing emotional support efforts and developing resources for older persons and their families.
In 2001, the Senior Center underwent a major renovation and expansion costing over 2 million dollars. The result included the addition of three classrooms, new restrooms, eleven offices, a lobby/atrium space, a conversion of the multi-room to a gym-type space, and significant public address and acoustical upgrades. In addition, AgeWell (originally titled PrestigePlus) , a senior wellness program of Longmont United Hospital, became an onsite resident of the facility and utilizing three of the eleven offices for office and treatment services.
In 2003, the department of which Senior Services is a part underwent organizational change. A new name Community Services accompanied a new member, the Recreation Services Division, as well as other organizational changes.
In 2012 a small addition was to the commercial kitchen area. Longmont Meals on Wheels, Inc. paid for the construction and was given a 20 year lease.
The city funded administrative budget of the Senior Services Division is approximately $600,000. These funds provide all staff salary and program costs. The Division is required to raise 100% of the direct costs related to the recreation program and therefore this budget is separate from the administrative budget. All other costs are subsidized by the City of Longmont.
Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the Longmont Senior Center, Inc. This 501(c)3 organization raises and receives funds that are used to enhance programs, services and the facility. In the almost 30 years the Friends have donated over $800,000 to the Senior Center.