[UPDATE] A Lowndes Senior Center to Close?

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

[UPDATE] 2/28 at 7:10 p.m. by Gabrielle Sarann --

But an anonymous donor came forward with $2,000 to keep the center open through March.

The ladies and gentlemen here rely on it for recreation and a hot meal, surrounded by good times and old friends.

If it weren't for the center, many say they would be stuck home alone.

"We don't have anybody at home, so when we come here, we get the fellowship with each other," said Bessie Taylor, 63.

Pearlie Butler, 73, added, "Now I am really hurting because this place is closing. This is like if someone had took a knife and stuck it in my heart to me. This is a sad day for me."

Lowndes County officials stress the need for any person or organization to help keep the center open.

They say it costs $2,000 a month and would mean the world to the people who come here.

For more information, call the county at 229.671.2400.

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A south Georgia senior center is closing and the people who rely on it are heartbroken.

Monday will be the last day the Lowndes Nutrition Center on South Troupe Street will be open.

The county is closing its doors due to tight budget times and say they have no choice.

But the people who go there everyday for a hot meal and good company say they're devastated.

"This is the only thing I have to look forward to during the week," said Josephine Robinson, who's been enjoying the center for years. "Coming out here and being with my friends."

The county says anyone who can support the center is welcome to contact them at 229.671.2400.


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  • by Marty Location: Atlanta on Mar 2, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    First, thanks to the donor - you are a good person. The Senior Centers must have community support and I agree that the Faith community is the right place to start. "They will know you by your works.." Certainly, reductions in state/federal funds is a reality and will be for some time. Seniors need this valuable resource - it is their life as our work, family and friends are our life. Centers prevent abuse, neglect and financial exploitation; they also enable nutrition, personal contact, and good times for seniors that need this in their lives. Time for the community to step up, get involved, take steps and make it happen. Please support the Senior Center and more - make your community one that "shines" in this area of ensuring the well-being of your seniors.
  • by thomas Location: clinch co. on Mar 1, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    HOW IS IT THAT ALL THE SMALL COUNTYS IN THE STATE OF GA. HAVE NO TROUBLE HAVING A SENIOR CENTER AND FEED THEM.THESE PEOPLE PAY TAXES ALL THERE LIVES AND WHEN THEY GET OLD WE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF THEM.THE BIBLE SAYS TAKE CARE OF YOUR WIDOWS AND ORPHANS.ITS OUR JOB.LOWNDES COUNTY COULD PAY THIS $21,000.00 A YEAR THEY JUST DONT WANT TO.IF CLINCH,ECHOLS,ATKINSON,LANIER,AND BROOKS CAN AFFORD THIS LOWNDES CAN.THEY NEED TO GET OFF THEIR BEHINDS AND FILE FOR GRANTS OR WHAT THEY GOT TO DO.THIS IS THE ONLY MEAL LOTS GET AND THEY DESERVE IT.
  • by forwentez Location: texas on Mar 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    welkom to the new america.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Mar 1, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    This sounds like a great mission for the churches of Valdosta to come together and support. Many have fellowship halls that are not used during the week, with the exception of perhaps Wednesday nights, they have buses they use to transport those without transportation to church, and many of them have nice kitchens that can easily prepare meals for 20 people. We tend to look to government as the source for the support of the hungry and poor, and I've never seen anything in the Bible that says it is the responsibility of governments to do that. It does say individuals should fill that need.
  • by greedy county government Location: the holly south on Feb 28, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    the old people in this country is haveing ahard time. between doctors and food. they cant pay their bills. it is going to be even harder on the young people.
  • by tom Location: madison on Feb 28, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    Good job and now keep cutting some more spending
  • by Really? Location: Valdosta on Feb 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    No one in Lowndes County has received a raise in two years and some employees have taken pay cuts. The program provides services to senior citizens. These people are elderly, meet income requirements and most do not have transportation. Many have them have worked, they are retired school teachers, veterans, small business owners, etc. Not only do they get a meal, but there is also medical/nutritional information provided, mild exercise and fellowship. In addition, they contribute what they can afford to, back to the program. Our elderly are to be honored, respected and taken care of. They all certainly spent their younger years taking care of us.
  • by work your whole life for what ? pay taxes Location: ga on Feb 26, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    that is lowndes county for you. wonder who got a raise in the county government. born and raised here in the 70 80's it was a decent place to live. today it is a lousy place. live here but do all my business in florida. i am sure this was a county desision and not afederal government desision.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Last I looked these people could buy a good hot meal at thousands of places in the area. Some places even sell burgers for $1.
  • by gEORGE Location: LOwndes on Feb 26, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    why not cut welfare and medicaid. Oh yeah, I forgot politicians cater to these dead beats. They forget about working people> God is going to get American for turning its backs on these senior citizens. Politicans get some guts and tell Prince Obama to stpo the gifts to those who spit out baby after baby after baby just for checks and no one making fahers pay child support.
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