LEWISTOWN - On Monday, the staff of Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services gathered outside the organization's new Third Street location in downtown Lewistown to officially open services to the public.
Kathie Graham, executive director for Regional Services, addressed the group, which also included investors, board members and county commissioners, about the organization's move from the F.W. Black building.
"This is an exciting day for all of us," Graham said to the crowd. "When I walked into this building last April, I had trouble envisioning what could be done here, but I had faith it could happen. Our new location is everything we hoped it would be."
Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Cutting the ribbon for the opening of the new location for the Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging are Kathie Graham, executive director of Regional Services; and Dan Lynch, president of the Regional Services Corporation Board of Directors. Mark Partner, left, president of food services, and Harold Kauffman, president of the AAA board, hold the ribbon Monday in Lewistown. Joining the ceremony are employees, investors, board members and county commissioners.
Together, Graham and Dan Lynch, president of the Regional Services Corporation board of directors, cut the ceremonial ribbon and opened the doors at 249 W. Third St.
"This project was a major undertaking, but everyone stuck together and here we are today," Lynch said. "After all this hard work, we are now better prepared to serve the seniors of Mifflin and Juniata counties."
The new building offers a one-stop-shop for all Regional Service programs and affiliates, Graham said. People no longer have to go searching from building to building because all senior services are available under one roof, she added.
The former R and S Surplus Foods building now houses the Area Agency on Aging, Adult Day Care, MJ Food Service and the Call-A-Ride Service. The building is also handicapped accessible, Graham said.
"The purpose of this ribbon cutting ceremony is to let the community know we are open for business and ready to help," Graham said. "Our services are fully operational once again."
Regional Services is also planning to hold an Open House day in May, Graham said. During the event, people will be given a tour of the facility, receive additional information about the services and dine on light refreshments, she said.
For more information on Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services and Area Agency on Aging, call 242-0315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.