LEWISTOWN - The new location for the Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services has been open to the public since January, causing increased exposure to the groups.
Kathie Graham, executive director for Regional Services, said having everyone together in one building, which is located at 249 W. Third St. in Lewistown, has really helped bring more people to use the services provided.
"It is just amazing now," Graham said. "People are always coming into the lobby for one thing or another."
Sentinel photo by LAUREN?KERSHNER
Kathie Graham, executive director for Regional Services, receives a set of keys from Sara Powell, dispatcher for Call-A-Ride.
Graham said a variety of services are now housed in one building: Area Agency on Aging, Adult Day Care, MJ Food Services and Call-A-Ride Services. The organizations are all distinct, but provide assistance to each other in order to provide the best possible care for the residents in the community. Graham said the building in itself is more accessible to handicapped residents.
"The previous building we were in had a long staircase," Graham said. "It had a handicapped access in the back, but that entrance opened into a large lobby. With this building you walk in and one of the two sides can help, no matter who you are looking for."
Graham said it is too soon to see if the move has reduced the costs, but she said they did not spend more money this year than last year.
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What: Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services
Where: 249 W. Third St., Lewistown
More information: Call 242-0315
"It is hard to see what our new costs are going to be," Graham said. "We have looked at our expenses and we did not see a lot of new spending, most of our costs this past year were in regard to the move."
Graham said a part of the group's annual costs are offset by $6,000 in assistance it receives from both Mifflin and Juniata counties.
The move has not only made Regional Services more visible in the community, it has also made it more a part of the community.
Graham said she hopes the move continues to benefit the community in a positive way, and said there is always someone in the lobby to help those in need.
Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services can be contacted at 242-0315.