Medford considers contract with local senior center

Medford, Ore. — The city of Medford is hoping to help a struggling Medford Senior Center.

During a study session Thursday, the council looked at the possibility of a approving a management contract where the city would oversee the senior center through the Parks & Rec Department.

“Feeling pretty good about how positive they were about the seniors being a third of Medford and the capacity for the senior center to have more then 5% of the population using services,” Ryan Mallory, the Vice President of the Medford Senior Center Board says.

Currently the non-profit center is spending more than what’s coming in, and without an executive director, all efforts of the board have been spent keeping the facility running.

Mallory says with the city’s help, the board will be able to focus on fundraising opportunities for the center, so it can continue to grow.

The council did not vote Thursday, but councilors in attendance said they were on board with the idea.

“It’s really a great opportunity for us and them because we want to serve more people in the elderly populations,” councilor Kevin Stine says.

The contract would not cost the city money, it would simply allow the center to utilize city services and expertise. The council still has to vote on the contract, that will likely happen during an upcoming meeting. If approved, it will go into effect July 1st.

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