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Lack of Funding Causes Adult Center's Closure

Today St. Peter's Community Adult Day Center will close down after facing financial cutbacks from local agencies.

will close its doors for good today after several agencies cut funding towards the center in recent months.

Community relations director Sheleka Carter said the center, located at 290 Broadmoor Blvd., has been struggling to pay rent after budget cuts sparked a decrease in funding from agencies such as Alameda County's Area Agency on Aging, the City of San Leandro and The Robert and Lois Braddock Charitable Foundation.

For 30 years, the center has provided adult day care services to seniors suffering from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, strokes and other physical and mental ailments. From cooking to physical exercise, many activities were offered to clients for about $40 a day according to Carter.

"It was very affordable," she said.

The closure will affect 40 clients, six full-time staff and two avid volunteers.

Volunteer Kenneth Elsasser, a man suffering from autism, has been volunteering at the center for more than 20 years according to Carter.

"He was the first person I thought of when we found out we'd be closing," she said. "He has not missed one day, even when his father died. He's just a really dedicated volunteer."

Carter said she believes San Leandro as a whole will be impacted by the closure due to the convenient location of the facility and the affordable services it offered its clients.

"For the residents in this vacinity, it's an older population, so a lot of clients are from this area," she said.

Leah Hall August 17, 2012 at 03:46 PM
What will happen to the people (including spouses & families sharing the burden, really) that care centers like St. Peter's Community Adult Day Center serve? A follow-up story & further investigative journalistic work would be extremely valuable and appreciated.
Modman August 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
This couldn't have been because the San Leandro City Staff wanted to reduce the possible competition to the Senior Center could it? The SLCS probably has no way they could do such a thing, Yes? The SLSC originally couldn't fund the operation of the Senior Center. Might they be finding out that whatever remedy they had contrived to make the Senior Center operational is no longer working that they wrenched down on whatever means they have at their disposal to eliminate a friendly competitor. They wouldn't do such a thing would they?
anthony August 17, 2012 at 04:19 PM
heard great things about St Pete's when we were looking for services... maybe we'll get lucky and they can relocate, these sites helped us get started http://www.adsnac.org/ http://www.ethnicelderscare.net http://www.acgov.org/board/district5/pdf/North_County_English_Oct_2010.pdf
Charles Kane August 18, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Consider this: An elder family member living with a working couple. St Peters offers affordable day care service. The couple can go to work without worry about the safety of their loved one. This enables the elder member to continue living with family and avoids the enormous expense of a Rest home. It is a shame to see them close. they provide a needed alternative for many.
Rose Marie Martin September 01, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Yes, it is a real shame. My mother has been going to this center for the past year and they have been a Godsend for me. I really did not want to see the center close. They did a fine job and the Seniors and their families will truly miss the center and all the smiling faces, hugs and good mornings, by name, their family members received with each visit.

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