By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development answered the prayers of Madison County Senior Citizens. The USDA Rural Development presented the senior citizens of Madison with a grant worth $81,100.
Also added to that total is $27,100 from the Senior Citizens Council of Madison County.
That money will be used to make some much needed improvements to the Senior Citizens Center, including buying new kitchen equipment. This kitchen equipment will enhance the services offered at the Senior Center, as well as bring the Nutrition Department in compliance with regulations of safety, prevention of health hazards, implementation of other program and continuation of preparing meals on site that will assist with meeting the needs of seniors.
This money will also be used to purchase rehabilitation and work out equipment. This equipment will be used to aid senior through physical therapy and rehabilitation as well as offer them a place to build healthier habits and ways of life.
The Presider over the check presentation ceremony was Vice President of the Board of Directors, Howard Phillips. Jim Catron, the Mayor of Madison, welcomed everyone to the ceremony. James Stanley, Board Members and City Commissioner, gave the invocation. Rosa Richardson, Executive Director of the Board of Directors, gave a project overview. Peggy Johns, Area Director for the USDA in Lake City and Rural Development office then introduced Richard Macheck, State Director of the USDA and Rural Development of Gainesville.
Jim Catron then spoke on behalf of the city commissioners. Roy Ellis spoke on behalf of the County Commissioners. Rosa Richardson and James Ray, President of the Board of Directors, then accepted the check from Richard Machek. James Ray gave the closing remarks.