Operational changes move forward at the Mullis Center

Posted July 26, 2022 at 11:03 am by

The Senior Ser­vices Coun­cil of San Juan Coun­ty shares an update about its oper­a­tional changes.

At its April 21 meet­ing, the Board of Direc­tors of the Senior Ser­vices Coun­cil of San Juan Coun­ty vot­ed to trans­fer the oper­a­tional func­tions of its three Dis­trict Com­mit­tees to three stand-alone non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions. This change is designed to sim­pli­fy and enhance oper­a­tion of Senior Cen­ters in all three geo­graph­ic areas.

Since April, the Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Dis­trict Com­mit­tees have worked to estab­lish the infra­struc­ture and instru­ments nec­es­sary for a seam­less tran­si­tion. Three non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions have been iden­ti­fied to under­take the func­tions of the three senior cen­ters. They are Friends of Orcas Senior Cen­ter, Lopez Island Senior Cen­ter, and Mullis Com­mu­ni­ty Senior Center.

Cur­rent Dis­trict Com­mit­tees have begun work with part­ners to trans­fer busi­ness agree­ments to the three sep­a­rate non­prof­its. Direc­tors of the SSCSJC cor­po­ra­tion have met with San Juan Coun­ty and What­com Coun­cil on Aging staff to revise agree­ments for pro­vid­ing nutri­tion and trans­porta­tion ser­vices to ensure seam­less transition.

With sep­a­rate non­prof­its, patrons of Senior Cen­ters should notice lit­tle if any changes oth­er than improved ser­vices. The goal is to tran­si­tion func­tions from one over­ar­ch­ing non­prof­it to three sep­a­rate non­prof­its with min­i­mum dis­rup­tion to client ser­vices and busi­ness part­ners so that ser­vices are enhanced for seniors and adults with dis­abil­i­ties in San Juan Coun­ty. The three orga­ni­za­tions can still col­lab­o­rate on select­ed projects and grants as desired.

The tran­si­tion is expect­ed to be com­plet­ed over the next sev­er­al months. Dis­trict Com­mit­tees will con­tin­ue to oper­ate their senior cen­ters just as they do now until the new non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions are ready to assume their new roles. Dona­tions ear­marked for a spe­cif­ic senior cen­ter will con­tin­ue to go to that senior cen­ter. Cen­ters do not antic­i­pate any decrease in ser­vices, class­es, activ­i­ties, or offer­ings. Instead, this tran­si­tion peri­od is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for plan­ning great improve­ment, respon­sive­ness, and engage­ment as each loca­tion pre­pares to move for­ward independently.

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