Weekly during the 2019 United Way of Crookston campaign, the Times is featuring a different United Way partner agency. Featured today is the Golden Link Senior Citizens Center.
The Golden Link was established in April 1986 by three community members who felt the seniors needed a place for social interaction, services and fellowship. Committees were developed consisting of 30 people represented seniors, advocates, city administrators and friends. After final consideration the former Diamonds building would fill their needs.
After developing committees fundraising and lots of sweat equity, the senior center opened to the public. The Golden Link applied for and received private non-profit tax-exempt status. The Board of Directors was developed and the senior center started to grow.
Over the years the Golden Link has been fortunate to receive funds from the United Way for many of our projects in desperate need of repairs. This year funding went to repairing the north entrance. A couple of years ago, the United Way purchased our handicap electric doors. Being a very old building our doors are extremely heavy and many seniors were unable to open the doors. Someone in the building would run and hold the door open every time someone was coming and going. Having a handicap door has helped with mobility and safety coming and going without assistance, this keeps seniors independent and living on their own longer.
Five years ago, we took over the senior meal program. Again, the United Way came to our rescue providing funding for a refrigerator for proper storage of meals. Our meal count grew as our seniors were able to get in the building and we are providing a nutritious balanced meal for a reasonable cost. Most of our seniors live on a fixed budget and their balanced meal at the link could be there only meal for the day. Our wonderful cook also provides meals for takeout. No one is ever turned away.
With seniors using the side door wear and tear on the door was showing its age. The carpet was ripped and one of our gentlemen snagged his toe and slipped. The side windows were stained and people were unable to see if it was safe to enter the parking lot, United Way of Crookston came through again and furnished us with funding for new carpet, windows and a fresh coat of paint. This provided our seniors with a safe and proper entrance for events, meals, social interaction or coffee with a friend.
What would Crookston do with out the United Way?
Thank You United Way of Crookston.