NHDP - ICYMI: Conway Daily Sun: Senior Services Center Braces for House Republicans “Catastrophic” Budget Cuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Point: “The Gibson Center for Senior Services is bracing for what could be "catastrophic" reductions to state funding for its meals and transportation programs, and its executive director is spreading the word in an attempt to influence an upcoming House vote on April 1."

"...Among other programs, the Gibson Center serves congregate meals on site, provides Meals on Wheels for seniors living between Madison and Bartlett, and runs a bus service in the Mount Washington Valley... 'It's a huge deal,' said Cleveland who has run the center since 2000. 'We don't use the word 'catastrophic' lightly.'"


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The Gibson Center for Senior Services is bracing for what could be "catastrophic" reductions to state funding for its meals and transportation programs, and its executive director is spreading the word in an attempt to influence an upcoming House vote on April 1.

Executive Director George Cleveland explained on Wednesday that the center runs on a budget of about $880,000, but the New Hampshire House Finance Committee has approved cuts to social services budgets that may result in a $150,000 shortfall for the North Conway center.

Among other programs, the Gibson Center serves congregate meals on site, provides Meals on Wheels for seniors living between Madison and Bartlett, and runs a bus service in the Mount Washington Valley.

"It's a huge deal," said Cleveland who has run the center since 2000. "We don't use the word 'catastrophic' lightly."

… At midday Wednesday, Cleveland told seniors eating lunch at the center to call their local representatives and let them know the Gibson Center needs support.

… This situation is unlike anything Cleveland has seen before. "We've seen threats of (cuts) that are normally nipped in the bud early," said Cleveland.

Last year, the Gibson Center served meals to 1,003 people, said Cleveland, adding that it serves between 90 and 110 meals per day. Last year, it served a total of 57,000 meals.

… Meals on Wheels goes out to the elderly, disabled and the sick, said Cleveland, adding that for some people the delivery is the only meal they get per day. He said it's hard to say how the cuts will come down because there are some variables. For instance, the state may cut funding on a per-meal basis or they might choose some other route.

According to Cleveland, Meals on Wheels saves lives. During their deliveries, drivers sometimes encounter recipients who are hurt or incapacitated. The drivers may provide the only person-to-person interaction a recipient might have all day. Cleveland said the interactions also help ward off depression.

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