MOUNT VERNON — More space, better light and easier access are making the new Station Break Senior Center a hit with local senior citizens.
Thanks to Ariel Foundation and Karen Buchwald-Wright, the city of Mount Vernon was able to buy the former Dan Emmett Conference Center and remodel it for use by the Station Break. The senior citizen organization moved in this month and programs are now in full swing.
“It is fabulous,” said Lois Casto of Mount Vernon. “The room, the airiness ... We’re not on top of each other and fighting when people bump into the back of your chair.”
She and her husband, Robert, also attend other activities at the center, such as auctions and day trips, and they appreciate the improved parking as well.
“This is great,” said Brad Walton of Mount Vernon. “It’s roomier and easier to get around in. I can’t find a thing wrong with it.
“And the food is good; that’s a biggie.”
“It’s great, there’s more room to move around,” said Diana Henthorn of Mount Vernon. “I wish we could have had this years ago.”
“There’s so much more room,” said Geneva Starmen of Mount Vernon.
“We’re happy to have the new center and are very thankful for it,” said Jo Ann Yoakam of Mount Vernon. “It’s a dream come true.”
Director Kelly Lybarger-DeWitt said operations at the new senior center location have been going smoothly. The only glitch still to be worked out since the move from the old Pennsylvania Railroad station on South Main Street is an update of the website.
The director said they are just waiting on a software upgrade to allow them to revise the website at www.stationbreak.org.
That small item aside, DeWitt said, “We’ve been getting a full house almost every day. The clients love it, especially the flat parking and the one-floor setup.