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At Home in Darien, senior center moves to new home next week

Published 12:51 pm, Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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The opening of the Mather Community Center is just days away and At Home in Darien will be moving into the building along with the Darien Senior Activities Center.

The new office will be located next to the main gym and can be accessed by using the entrance off the main Town Hall parking lot. The new community center is attached to Town Hall.

At Home in Darien will be closed Monday, July 7, for relocation. Once the center is open, At Home in Darien will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The offices are currently located in the senior center at 30 Edgerton St.

"Moving our office to the Town Hall will allow us to interact more conveniently with town services," said Gina Blum, executive director of At Home in Darien.

Blum anticipates At Home in Darien being open Tuesday, July 8.

At Home in Darien provides services that allow seniors to remain connected to the community. It provides transportation, referrals for services, advice and resources, and coordinated volunteer services such as drivers, visitors, shoppers and helpers for seniors.

The senior center will permanently close its Edgerton Street location Thursday, July 3, and reopen Monday, July 14, in the Mather Community Center.

The relocation of the senior center is part of the larger "shuffle" project that was approved in 2011.

The project is estimated to come in more than $500,000 over the original $7 million budget due to unexpected costs. The unanticipated projects, along with a frigid winter, delayed the opening of the center.

The project was scheduled to conclude in October 2013 with the closing of the senior center on Edgerton Street and the opening of the community center in Town Hall, where the Board of Education was once located. The Board of Education central offices are now located at the old town library at 35 Leroy Ave.

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