Nursing Home Helps Save a Rural Senior Citizen Center

A call for help rang out from deep inside Alabama’s wiregrass. The senior citizen center in Haleburg was in danger of closing because of a budget shortfall. Town officials said the center needed $5,000 by December 31 or it would have to shut the doors.

Located beside a two-lane road in a rural town of just more than 100 residents, the Haleburg Senior Citizen Center is a gathering spot for senior citizens and the greater community. Closing would have hurt the center’s 45 members and the town’s pride.

About 30 miles away in Dothan, workers at Westside Terrace Healthcare & Rehab First read a local news report of the center’s plight and decided to act. Other individuals and organizations took notice of the story in the Thanksgiving Day edition of the Dothan Eagle as well. What happened next is being called a Christmas miracle.

Items Westside Terrace donated to the Haleburg Senior Citizen Center.

Items Westside Terrace donated to the Haleburg Senior Citizen Center.

Just less than two weeks after the initial news report, the Haleburg Senior Citizen Center is on firm financial ground thanks in part to the generous support of Westside Terrace. There was hardly a dry eye in the room as Westside Terrace Administrator Kristie Hughes and Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Sally Scott presented a check for $2,000 to Haleburg Senior Citizen Center Director Amanda Henderson. It was a large part of the $12,000 donated to the center from the out pouring of community support.

“Places like the Haleburg center are often like a second home for seniors. It’s a place where they can interact with people their own age, get a hot meal and stay connected,” said Hughes. “We knew we had to help when we heard that it was about to close.”

After handing over the check, Westside Terrace made contributions to enriching life at the center by giving the seniors some new recreational equipment. It donated two laptop computers, an exercise peddler and a Nintendo Wii bundle pack that includes several games and accessories.

“This is such a blessing. My heart is full,” said Henderson. “This has such a tremendous impact on the lives of our people.”

Hughes is just glad Westside Terrace was able to help the seniors stay connected to their social lifeline.

“Keeping our seniors engaged is so important to ensuring their well-being,” Hughes said. “Whether it’s our residents at Westside Terrace or the seniors in our surrounding community, we are here to help.”

From left to right: Haleburg Senior Center Director Amanda Henderson, Westside Terrace Administrator Kristie Hughes, Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2017 Sarah "Sally" Scott and Westside Terrace Admissions and Marketing Director Kelly Reinhardt.

From left to right: Haleburg Senior Center Director Amanda Henderson, Westside Terrace Administrator
Kristie Hughes, Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2017 Sarah “Sally” Scott and Westside Terrace Admissions and Marketing Director
Kelly Reinhardt.

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