Senior Services of Northern Kentucky closing leaves agencies scrambling to keep programs in place for senior citizens

10/22/2015 06:21 PM

FLORENCE – Senior citizens and government officials in Northern Ky. got a shock on Monday when Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, a non-profit which has provided seniors with meals, transportation, senior centers and other services since 1965, announced that they would discontinue all services this Friday because it “no longer had the financial wherewithal to continue operations.”

The move left community leaders scrambling to find a way to continue services which, in some cases, have been a lifeline for many senior citizens in the area.

Senior Services of Northern Ky. got a large part of its funding – about $700,000 – from the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD).

Lisa Cooper, Executive Director of NKADD, a regional and planning development agency which serves 8 counties in the region huddled with local government and community partners to come up with a plan to continue the services short-term, until a permanent solution is found.

“We were able to meet and put together a transition plan,” Cooper said. “Start working with staff, start working with all of the community partners. Everybody is coming together. We are working to where we believe Monday, we will have meals to seniors, we will have the senior centers, and our goal is to have those all open.”

SSNK Executive Director Jay Van Winkle did not return a call seeking comment, but many local officials are questioning why they were not given more notice by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky administrators about the organizations financial problems.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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