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Adult day care gets Good partner

9/20/2012

By KALEY CONNER

By KALEY CONNER

kconner@dailynews.net

It's been a long time coming, but organizers who have been hoping to establish an adult day care facility in Hays have moved one significant step closer to achieving their goal.

A grassroots task force established in late 2010 has partnered with Good Samaritan Society and raised approximately $80,000 to renovate office space at the Hadley Center, 205 E. Seventh. An opening date has not been set, pending state approval.

"I'm very happy that the citizens of our community are very generous and very civic-minded and they see that this need is really there, and they are answering the need," said Susan Gamboa, a Hays resident who has led the grassroots effort.

The goal of adult day care is to provide a place where seniors can enjoy structured activities and social interaction. The facility also will provide respite care for families caring for elderly relatives.

Good Samaritan Society's Home Health of Central Kansas already had plans in the works for adult day care and agreed to underwrite operating costs when approached by the task force.

The corporation now is undergoing the approval and licensing process.

A donor appreciation event has been slated for Oct. 23 to thank those who contributed to the project, said Ben Anderson, administrator of the adult day care center and the home health office.

"We had great community support and it started with the task force," Anderson said. "We were successful in raising the money needed to kind of start the process."