Salvation Army welcomes displaced Ida Benderson seniors

The doors are closed for good at the Ida Benderson center but just four blocks down the street the bingo game at the Salvation Army is packed. More than forty seniors that were going to Ida Benderson are now coming here. Linda Wright, Executive Director of the Salvation Army says the agency offers a number of services for seniors.

"We can meet all the needs of the seniors whether it is just the excitement of the senior center program or its other services they need," she says.

Those services include nurses, nutritionists and social workers who are all on staff. Linda Mcnally, Director of Salvation Army's Adult Day Services, says the staff wants to make seniors who choose to come here as comfortable as possible.

"These are the things were working really hard with the folks that have joined us from Ida Benderson so they feel welcome and they feel part of the process," she says.

The closing of the Ida Benderson Center was not without controversy and the Salvation Army is working to make sure every senior who used to go there is taken care of.

"One of the things we will do during this transition time is to reach out to everyone that's on the roster and make sure that if they are not coming to our senior nutrition program that they have found another place to go because that is really important," she says.

Taking care of seniors from the Ida Benderson Center is going to require extra staff and extra funds, two things the Salvation Army is working on acquiring. The city had proposed giving the Salvation Army $60,000 a year to help pay for the extra cost but several common councilors have so far refused to approve the funding.