Keeping the faith helped adult day center reopen
When the doors to Cooper Corner closed a year ago because of a financial shortfall, they didn’t slam shut on the dream.Those who believe in the idea of providing adult day care in Glenwood Springs kept their vision alive, and now the center is back up and operating.The state of Colorado deserves some of the credit, providing a $60,000 seed grant designed to pave the way for Cooper Corner to seek other longer-term forms of funding.Other grant providers also continue to believe in the cause. The Aspen Valley Community Foundation, a past contributor to Cooper Corner, has urged it to apply for more funds. The city of Glenwood Springs let the group keep a grant in 2004 so it could do things such as maintain a phone line as it worked to reopen. And Colorado Mountain College is providing support and encouragement through its Senior Programs and Traveler bus service.Perhaps most of important of all, the First United Methodist Church has allowed Cooper Corner to resume operations out of its building on Cooper Avenue.But none of this would have mattered if not for the persistence of Cooper Corner board members and other volunteers who knew the organization served an important purpose, and needed to be reopened.Thanks to Cooper Corner, loved ones and others who provide home care to seniors now aren’t as tied down to that duty. If they need to work, run errands or find some time for themselves, they have a place where they can entrust their elders to professional care.And for those elders, Cooper Corner offers a chance to get out of the house, meet others, participate in activities, enjoy healthy meals and be entertained by volunteer musicians, artists and others who help out at the center.For these senior citizens and those who care for them, Cooper Corner’s reopening in December may have been better than any present under the Christmas tree.
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