Webster County senior citizens will soon have a new home in the county when the new Webster County Senior Citizens Center officially opens for business later this month.

When Judge Executive Steve Henry took office, the senior citizens program was housed in the community room of the Webster County public library in Dixon. He and other county officials began working with program officials to find a new home.

"Over two years ago a dream began to become a reality," said Joanna Shake with the Green River Area Development District (GRADD). "With the vision and guidance of Judge Executive Steve Henry plans quickly developed."

Coinciding with the decision to relocate the senior program, the Webster County Ambulance Service finished remodeling the former Phillips Auto Shop on US 41A south of Dixon, and moved out of the ambulance garage on North College Street.

"An old ambulance building was quickly transformed into a beautiful building for our senior citizens, community and surrounding counties for future gatherings," said Shake. "This building will enable multiple services and fellowship for our seniors. A building representing faith, love,security, happiness and hope for a long fulfilled life. We invite each and every senior to visit "Our Place" to spend time and begin new memories among friends, both old and new!"

The Webster County Senior Center will host a ribbon-cutting and open house on Wednesday, June 19, at 11 a.m. The public is welcomed to visit and tour the new center.

"We are more than excited for the opening of the new Webster County Senior Citizen as an extraordinary resource for our county and its citizens," said Henry. "This will be a chance for our county to show appreciation for those residents who have spent their lives making Webster County the place it is today. The Senior Center is staffed with quality employees who truly care about our senior citizens and I cannot thank them and everyone involved in this process enough for ensuring that this project comes to fruition."

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