ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined community officials, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital administration, SOWEGA Council on Aging staff, and SOWEGA Council on Aging Executive Director Kay Hind at the groundbreaking at the site of their future senior center and life enrichment center.
“The new Senior Center/Life Enrichment Center will be a crowning achievement for SOWEGA Council of Aging, a boon to our community here in Albany, and the fulfillment of a long-held dream for such a dedicated advocate for seniors, Ms. Kay Hind,” said Congressman Bishop. “Our community’s senior citizens will soon have a reliable and accessible place to socialize, exercise their bodies and minds, and feel right at home.”
“I am so very grateful for Congressman Bishop’s support of our new senior center,” said Kay Hind. “Every project needs a spark to start from, and Congressman Bishop’s assistance securing the grants and appropriations to boost the funding was the start that we needed. I am oh so happy that the Congressman has been with us all these years.”
Through the appropriations process, Congressman Bishop secured over $835,000 for the downtown project. The Life Enrichment Center will feature a fitness facility, a commercial kitchen and large dining room, activity rooms for senior citizens, computer lab, office space, and an expansive multipurpose room among other amenities.
The SOWEGA Council on Aging is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that currently prov ides over 20 programs and services to seniors, ago 60+, throughout Southwest Georgia. Already, SOWEGA Council on Aging provides indispensable services for thousands of seniors—including meals, home health care, transportation, shopping and homemaking services, legal services, tax assistance, and volunteer services. Incorporated in 1966, SOWEGA Council of Aging serves fourteen counties in the Southwest Georgia area.