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Future of Senior Center Up in the Air
The future of a Logan County senior center destroyed in a fire two months ago is now up in the air.
"It was just, it was devastating. I can't even explain it," Oasis Senior Center Board Vice President Ellen Burbage said.
"You lose all your filing, you lose all your paperwork, you lose how you do what you do," Oasis Senior Center Executive Director Dominic Dalpoas said.
Leaders of the Oasis Senior Center are not sure whether they are going to build somewhere else, rebuild the current location or relocate.
"There's been no decision made as to what we're going to do yet because we need to see the [insurance] figures. But we know that it's going to take quite a bit more money then we have or that we're going to get for insurance," Burbage said.
The Oasis Senior Center has temporarily set up shop in the basement of St. John's United Church of Christ. That is where they are able to provide some of their most vital services.
"The major ones are blood pressure checks, our foot doctor, or help with Medicare Part D and those things that the seniors really need," Burbage said.
Those services are made accessible through federal grants but mostly donations. The center has two paid employees and the rest are volunteer.
"And it's all through the dedication of the volunteers that are here today and that are going to participating over the weekend," Dalpoas said.
At the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival, where the center usually raises about 50% of the money they need to survive from their food tent at Scully Park.
But with so much uncertainty and so little money, this year the senior center are hoping their proceeds will fly.
"We're inviting the public that if they're hungry please consider our tent," Dalpoas said.
Dalpoas says the goal is to raise at least $10,000 at this weekend's event. Once those insurance estimates come in in the next few weeks they will have a much better idea of where they can find a new permanent home.
Leaders of Oasis say it is possible they will set up shop outside of downtown Lincoln. They say finding a place on the outskirts of town could make it easier for parking but nothing is set in stone.