Council on Aging announces merger with Mountain Family Center
A pair of Grand County non-profit entities have officially merged this summer, helping streamline local services for the elderly.
Officials from the Grand County Council on Aging in late August announced a recent move by the Granby-based nonprofit, which focuses its efforts on assisting local citizens over 60 and those with disabilities, to merge with Mountain Family Center. The decision to merge the two entities followed the announced retirement of the Aging Council’s Executive Director Lisa Jonas. The Council’s Board of Directors voted unanimously in May to begin the merger process with Mountain Family Center.
“The Board of Directors felt it was of great importance that current services offered to seniors in Grand County continued,” said Kelly Howard, president of the Council on Aging Board of Directors. “The (board) strongly believes that the Mountain Family Center and its dedicated board of directors, volunteers, and staff have the desire and collaborative resources to serve Grand County seniors.”
The official documents for the merger were signed on July 26. At that time Grand County’s Council on Aging was formally dissolved as an official 501(c)3 nonprofit entity, as was the entity’s board of directors. According to Helen Sedlar, executive director for Mountain Family Center, the staff from the Council on Aging, including the organization’s transportation drivers, was hired by Mountain Family Center on July 27.
“We are really excited,” Sedlar said of the recent merger. “We explored this and did our due diligence with the Council on Aging for several months. Both agencies felt it would help streamline services for seniors in the community. It was a really good fit.”
Going forward the Council on Aging will be rebranded as “Grand Seniors”. The entity will now function as a department within the larger Mountain Family Center organization. Officials from the Council on Aging stated they expect a six-month period during which time “organizational logistics” will be transitioned to Mountain Family Center.
“During this time, seniors can expect continuity in transportation services, as well as additional programs, services, and recourses offered by the MFC,” stated representatives from the Council on Aging. “GCCA will continue to work out of the Senior Center in Granby until the MFC’s new location opens.”
That statement is a reference to Mountain Family Center’s purchase of the building they currently occupy, on the east end of downtown Granby, in January. Mountain Family Center currently shares the building space, located at 480 East Agate, with Mind Springs Health, though that entity will relocate to a new location in Granby once their current lease expires at the end of this year.
According to Sedlar, Mountain Family Center plans to renovate the building starting in January. Renovation work is expected to continue through June 2019. After renovation work is completed the Council on Aging will move its headquarters into the Mountain Family Center building.
Officials from Mountain Family Center said renovation work on the building will include the creation of a designated senior space, an educational kitchen, the relocation of the Mountain Family Center thrift store to the front of the building with a new entrance from main street, and a more functional food pantry and lobby area.
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