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February 24, 2013

Full Circle adult day center may have to close its doors due to lack of funding

NORMAN — For staff and board members of Full Circle Life Enrichment Center, things are looking a little bleak.

The adult day center that has been in the Norman community since 1998, may have to close its doors soon due to lack of funding and participants. That possibility has Full Circle Life Enrichment Center board president Geri Krenek worried.

“We have just been hanging on for month to month. Unfortunately, what happens in our business is that people get sick and elderly people have to go in nursing homes. We had one person pass away recently, so we lost seven people since January. Since we lost these people, we don’t have that money coming in. That is our main problem right now is we need people in those chairs,” Krenek said.

Full Circle Life Enrichment Center, 1304 Lindsey Plaza Drive, provides a variety of health, social and related support services during daytime hours for senior citizens in the community. Family members bring their elderly loved one to the center for a day of activities that include Zumba, art, games, bowling and bingo. It’s a United Way agency and is believed to be the only such facility operating in Norman.

“They are constantly busy all day long to keep their minds stimulated,” Krenek said.

Currently, the center has 15 participants, but could handle 40. Krenek adds that the center needs to have about 26 clients in order to break even.

“We need to have more full time people,” Krenek said. “We’re the best kept secret in Norman.”

In another attempt to cut costs, the center has cut hours for its staff.

“The staff is so good, so caring and so dedicated to those people (participants). They don’t make that much money but they treat those people like their own family,” Krenek said.

The staff includes a new executive director, Jessica Welp, who is soliciting grant funds and trying to recruit more participants.

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