Newly opened West Fork Satellite Site

Main dining welcomes pleasant meals and conversation

Submitted by Brenda McBride

The Calhoun County Center on Aging (CCCOA) held their Grand Opening on October 30, 2007 for their West Fork Satellite Site in Minnora, WV.  It has been a dream of Mike Ritchie and the CCCOA Board for quite some time, and their patience has just paid off.

The handicap accessible facility doesn't feel like a facility at all.  The "homemade-antique" decorations make it feel more like home; complete with a warming kitchen, dining area, 2 baths including a shower, a fitness area, an office, and a sitting area.

  Six years ago, the CCCOA began their dream, purchasing some land with an old school and gym (former Minnora Elementary).  They envisioned so much more.  After using the school as their site for 6 years, the satellite site is open and fully operational.

Two employees, Site Coordinator Karen Moore, and Jennifer Moore, Bus Driver-Maintenance, make it happen.  They have parties, games, Bingo, dinners, entertainment, social service programs, and even a fitness area.  It is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

(L-R) Jennifer Moore and Karen Moore

(L-R) Brenda McBride, Willadene Poling and Michael Ritchie

Many were in attendance for the Grand Opening, including, Board President Willadene Poling, Board Members, Pam Gainer, Carroll McCauley, Launa Butler, and Roger Jarvis.  Also in attendance was Theresa Cox, from the Secretary of State's Office, Ron Petry, from the BOSS (Bureau of Senior Services), Chuck Ricks, from the Roane County Center on Aging, Joann McHenry (Gilmer County Senior Center) and Heather Grogg, the Coordinator for WVDSCS (WV Directors of Senior and Community Services). The event was catered by JoAnn and Bill Stevens and Georgie Stalnaker.

We encourage all the seniors in the West Fork area to utilize this new facility. We welcome you in advance. Please call the CCCOA for information or reservations for lunch at 354-7017. Hope to see you soon!

Front porch makes an inviting entrance to new site

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