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County Senior Center, 607 West Business Route
The Grand River Multi-Purpose Center has been in operation since
1974 and has become a fixture of the community. GRMPC was called
"The Senior Center" until its move from the 55 & GO
(formerly RSVP) office to its current location at 607 W. Business Highway 36 (near Taco Bell, China Garden and the former Wal-Mart store) in 2010.
Center administrator is Cindy Ireland. In
February, 2015, the Grand River Multi-Purpose Center announced a
fundraising project to purchase the building. The center now operates under the umbrella of the Concerned Citizens for the Community Inc. Board, which allows them to be considered a non-profit organization and be Tax Exempt. If
you'd like to donate to GRMPC, call 660- 646-1555 for details.
GRMPC has become a popular place for elders to gather and engage in numerous activities together. There are daily exercise classes at 9:30 a.m., line dance classes on Tuesdays at 1 p.m., bridge lessons on Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Friday night dances, card parties, Bingo held twice a month, computers with internet access, Memories in the Making
(Alzheimer's Painters) on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Stroke of the Brush (painting group) Mondays at 1 p.m., Internet Cafe and library / book exchange, pitch parties twice a year, a homemade pie raffle held every Friday at lunch, karaoke, gift corner and jigsaw
puzzles available. There is also a pool table, treadmill, card games and board games for seniors to utilize.
02/11/15 / Brittany Tutt
One of the most utilized and important services the center has available is the meal offerings for senior citizens. The center has been offering congregate meals daily Monday through Friday since its start in 1974.
They serve an average of 100 senior citizens at lunch each day. During the fiscal year of 2014 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014) they served 20,260 meals inside GRMPC. These hot meals are prepared in an approved kitchen, meeting USDA requirements. They are free to persons 60 years old or older and that senior
citizen's spouse no matter their age. Persons under the age of 60 can eat as well but will be required to pay full price ($6.35). Though the meal is free to seniors, voluntary donations are accepted.
By Catherine Stortz Ripley, Constitution-Tribune, March 21, 2013
Also, in addition to free hot lunches inside the building, the center also offers free daily home-delivered meals Monday through Friday to individuals who are homebound. The home delivered meals program began in 1993. In fiscal year 2014, the center served 5,098 hot meals and 823 frozen meals. There were 2,779 frozen meals delivered to Medicaid clients and 3,960 hot meals were delivered to Medicaid clients as well. These delivered meals are prepared and packaged daily by the
center's kitchen and are special diet friendly meals. They are delivered by volunteers. GRMPC home delivered
meals' service area is Livingston County. They currently deliver to about 50 clients within the Chillicothe city limits and three clients in rural areas of Ludlow, Dawn and Utica daily. GRMPC can deliver meals to anyone in Livingston County that meet the criteria required (such as being 60 years of age and being homebound). There are currently 27 volunteer home delivery drivers, 12 kitchen volunteers and nine front desk volunteers who rotate shifts to accomplish this service. The Nutrition Center helped serve 32,920 meals in the 2014 fiscal year to senior citizens.
Not only does GRMPC provide entertainment and fun for senior citizens, it provides a lot of useful services for them as well. Some of the
center's services available to persons of 60 years of age or older are: blood pressure and blood sugar checks performed by health professionals on Mondays before lunch, free legal advice through the Missouri
Senior's Legal helpline, assistance with Medicare Part D, income tax preparation, Drug Take Back Program, AARP Tax-Aide Program, AARP Safe Driving Course, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind and flu and tetanus shots periodically throughout the year. There are also meeting rooms available that are oftentimes utilized by groups, such as, Kiwanis, Red Hatters, American Legion
Women's Auxiliary, Bridge Players, 55 & Go (formerly RSVP), OATS, Concerned Citizens for the Community, Advisory Council, Livingston County Foundation Council, Chapter T of the PEO, an PAR (Provide a Ride).
The Grand River Multi-Purpose Center was announced the
Station of the Year at the 2011 RSVP Banquet.
For the complete
news, click here...
C-T Photo / Drew Van Dyke
/ June 7, 2011
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Operation Help was
as Station of the Year. Operation Help is a 17-year-old social assistance program
financially supported through donations from local churches, individuals, and
organizations. On average, 225 families and/or individuals come to Operation Help each
year for temporary financial assistance. Fourteen volunteers - some of whom are
55 & Go (formerly RSVP)
members - give over 300 hours of service to meet this community need each year.
55 & Go (formerly RSVP)
workers are "an important source of volunteer screeners for us," says the Rev.
Dr. Larry Odom-Groh, president of Operation Help.
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& Go Program - 440 Locust Street (the former Senior Center), 660-646-0010.
55 & Go (formerly RSVP) is a
volunteer program that provides volunteer opportunities for persons age 55+. The
purpose of 55 & GO is to enrich your life through significant community service
work. 55 & GO encourages you to bring your talents, experiences, skills and hobbies to community projects and organizations needing
volunteer assistance. The local 55 & GO, which began in September of 1973, is sponsored by Concerned Citizens
for the Community, Inc., a non-profit organization through which all funding and donations are received.
55 & GO Volunteers serve, without pay, on community assignments at museums, hospitals, libraries, senior
centers, social service agencies, nursing homes, schools, and many other nonprofit organizations. They visit
shut-ins, assist in the delivery of Mobile Meals, and work with children and youth. They act as office workers,
tutors, and volunteer coordinators. Some provide services to seniors. Official 55 &
GO Stations: 55 & GO Joy Toys, Office & Tax Preparation, American Legion, Baptist Home, Bishop
Hogan School, Chillicothe Commerce Center, Chillicothe Correctional Center, Chillicothe R-II Schools, Concerned
Citizens, Grand River Area Family YMCA, Grand River Historical Society, Grand River Multi-Purpose Center,
Hedrick Medical Center, House of Prayer Rescue Mission, Indian Hills, Litton Ag
Campus, Livingston County Victims Advocate, Livingston County Health Center, Livingston County Library, Livingston Manor, Meadville
School, Missouri Career Center, Mobile Meals, Morningside Center, North MO Center for Youth & Families,
Operation Help, Serve Link Home Care, Threads Thrift Store, and VFW. Patty Mefford is the director of the 55 & Go Volunteer
Program, formerly RSVP, in Livingston County. More
RSVP information and news... >>
Joy Toys (CT photo)
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Veterans who travel to VA facilities out of town for routine medical care now have another option close to home
- that of the mobile medical unit. The unit made its first stop in Chillicothe on Monday,
February 2, 2015, and will return to Chillicothe the first and third Mondays of
each month (excluding holidays). The unit will be parked near the veterans monument on the south side of the Livingston County Courthouse on these days from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The mobile unit provides regular services that can be found in medical clinics, including assessments, blood draws, blood pressure checks, temperature, ordering and renewing medications, blood glucose testing, and more. The unit also is equipped with tele-health technology, which links the mobile unit to a physician at a medical facility, for video and audio assessments. Additionally, the unit is equipped with a tele-retinal system for eye care assessment. The unit is staffed with a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and a licensed practical nurse.
The unit provides clinic services only and is not an emergency vehicle. Veterans needing emergency care should go to the hospital. The mobile unit does not accept walk-in patients.
Veterans who want to switch their primary care from a facility to the mobile unit should contact Veterans Affairs and ask to speak to the registration department. Veterans needing to have lab work done or have stitches removed and
don't want to travel out of town can make arrangements to be seen at the mobile unit without switching primary care physicians. Appointments for the mobile unit can be made by calling 816-922-2977 or 1-800-525-1483,
extension 52977. Transportation services are also provided by contacting Veterans Transportation Service at 816-922-2449, at least three days in advance of a mobile unit visit.
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OATS Implementing Fare Structure - Rates to take effect July 1,
June 20, 2013 CT
complete news article here...
OATS Bus (CT photo)
OATS Ridership Increases
November 28, 2012
The Grand River Multipurpose Center, where hot lunches are served, is a common stop for OATS buses. OATS ridership numbers have
increased in Livingston County from the previous year. OATS provided 53,913 rides in 2011, up 6.9 percent (or 2,494 rides). Service was
provided to 1,007 county residents and covered 178,139 miles. See
complete news article here...
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Chillicothe is home to several assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and senior housing units. Just a few are
featured in the photos below. For more information on what is
available, please visit our Chamber