MARSHALL, MICHIGAN (September 28, 2021) – Many Marshall community members and organizations gathered on Thursday, September 23, 2021, for the ground breaking of the new Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center.
The new center is located in the Marshall Plaza at the former Goodwill and Cash Store spaces and will boast over 10,000 square feet filled with activities and resources for area seniors. Amenities will include a fitness center, billiards room, craft room, enlarged group gathering space, a kitchen capable of hosting cooking classes, and more. Expanded hours and increased parking availability will also serve to improve access for those aged 60 and above to participate in activities and access resources that promote well-being.
“As lead agency and operational partner, we are thrilled with the response from the community. Over 120 people came out to see the plans for the new facility,” said Karla Fales, CEO of CareWell Services Southwest. “Through the generosity of community partners including Calhoun County Senior Services, Oaklawn Hospital, the City of Marshall, Kellogg Community Credit Union and the Marshall Rotary, as well as private donors we will see this dream of creating a gathering place for seniors in the Marshall community come true.”
The GROW WITH US! steering committee, comprised of senior center members and community representatives, has been planning for the expansion of Heritage Commons for several years. To date, over $250,000 has been raised for the project, including support from many local businesses and organizations.
“Kellogg Community Credit Union is excited to financially support the new Senior Center that will be located right next door to KCCU’s branch in the Marshall Plaza. We look forward to working together,” said Sean Brumbaugh, Marshall Branch Manager. KCCU donated $5,000 to the center.
Heritage Commons also received a $5,000 grant from the Marshall Rotary for the new center. Rotary members are looking forward to the enrichment opportunities the center will offer to community members, said Rotary President Paul Davis.
Several donation levels are available, and donors will be recognized at the new senior center on the Giving Tree Wall and memory tiles. Donations can be mailed to Marshall Community Foundation, c/o Heritage Commons Legacy Fund, 614 Homer Road, Marshall MI 49068.
“From the opening of Heritage Commons in July 2017, Oaklawn continues to be an equity and program partner,” said Gregg Beeg, Oaklawn President and CEO. “We are thrilled to be a part of this new future for Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center.”
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Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center is a gathering place for older adults to socialize, educate, and engage with the community. Programming at the center focuses on wellness programs, community presentations, and other enrichment activities.