Senior center receives $10,000 grant |

Senior center receives $10,000 grant

Nancy LaJoy considered not picking up the phone. But it turned out to be “a $10,000 call.”

The Carbondale Senior Housing Corp. director was headed out her office door for a week’s vacation in Utah a couple of weeks ago when the phone rang.

Frosty Merriott, director of the H.R. Crossland Foundation, was on the other end. He said the Basalt-based philanthropic foundation wanted to give senior housing a $10,000 challenge grant for its proposed community room.

“It’s pretty incredible,” LaJoy said. “I was flabbergasted.”

Merriott said he learned in a Post Independent article that the senior housing agency was trying to raise $40,000 to build an 1,800-square-foot community room at its Crystal Meadows assisted living apartment complex.

Merriott showed the article to foundation board member Caroline Crossland, who is in her late 70s and works in the foundation office.

“Caroline is so grateful she can still work,” Merriott said. “She liked the idea of helping seniors who might not be as fortunate as her.”

Senior housing already had $20,000 on hand toward the $40,000 goal, so now it is within $10,000 of the final mark. LaJoy said her group will raise the rest from other foundations, fund-raisers and donations.

Money is needed because the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development will fund only a 900-square-foot community room.

The Carbondale Senior Housing Corp., a department of the town of Carbondale, plans to break ground on the final phase of Crystal Meadows as soon as possible.

When the 16, one-bedroom units are finished next winter, the total number of units will be 64, LaJoy said.

LaJoy said the community room can be used by seniors up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. A fund for the room has also been set up at Alpine Bank in memory of the late Jim Rominger, who served on the Carbondale Senior Housing Corp. board.

The first phase of Crystal Meadows was started in the late 1980s, and two other phases followed on the one-acre site on Hendrick Drive. Construction on the final phase was scheduled after Carbondale Senior Housing received a $109,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka in March.

Crystal Meadows is for low-income residents 62 and older.

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