In 2016 the idea of a senior center in the Marshall area was just a dream. Through the efforts of local seniors and key partners, that dream became a reality when Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center opened in July 2017 with a mission to provide a gathering place for older adults to socialize, learn, and engage with the community. Since that time, Heritage Commons has continued to grow, boasting more than 150 members in March 2020. This growth means we have outgrown our current facility!
The Center will move to a new 10,000 square foot space in the Marshall Plaza, 15885 E. Michigan (the former Goodwill and Cash Store locations). Construction is starting and renovations will be completed before Christmas 2021.
This new location for Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center will provide the opportunity to add a fitness center, dedicated billiards room, craft room, enlarged group gathering space, and an amazing kitchen space. Expanded hours and increased parking availability will also serve to improve access for those 60 and above to participate in activities and to access resources that promote well-being.
“As lead agency and operational partner, CareWell Services is working closely with our equity partners, including Senior Millage, Oaklawn, and the City of Marshall. We hope to create a gathering place for seniors from the entire area surrounding Marshall,” said Karla Fales, CEO CareWell Services Southwest.
The GROW WITH US! steering committee, composed of senior center members and community representatives, has been planning for the expansion of Heritage Commons for a long time and is now ready to reach out to businesses and others to help reach the fundraising goal.
Carl Gibson, GROW WITH US! committee chair said, “The Calhoun County Senior Millage has provided a matching challenge grant. Every donation received between now and September 30 will be matched up to the $50,000!”
Heritage Commons is seeking additional funding partners, but it is really about the individual donors. There are different giving levels, memory tiles, a giving tree wall, the ten friends challenge, supporting memberships and legacy memberships available. Supporters can donate online at www.patronicity.com/GrowWithUsHC or mail donations to Marshall Community Foundation, c/o Heritage Commons Legacy Fund, 614 Homer Street, Marshall, MI 49068