Senior Council District transition continues

Posted September 6, 2022 at 5:04 pm by

The Senior Ser­vices Coun­cil of San Juan Coun­ty shares an update about the progress of their oper­a­tional tran­si­tion process.

Ear­li­er this spring, 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. The Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Dis­trict Com­mit­tees have been work­ing toward a seam­less tran­si­tion since April. At its meet­ing on Aug. 18, the Board amend­ed its bylaws to move Dis­trict elec­tions from Octo­ber to Jan­u­ary to help the SSCSJC remain con­sis­tent as it transitions.

All three Dis­trict Com­mit­tees are cur­rent­ly work­ing with San Juan Coun­ty and What­com Coun­cil on Aging to trans­fer busi­ness agree­ments for trans­porta­tion and nutri­tion pro­grams to the three new non­prof­its. With sep­a­rate non­prof­its, patrons of senior cen­ters should notice lit­tle if any changes oth­er than improved services.

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 cen­ter will con­tin­ue to go to that island’s senior cen­ter. Cen­ters do not antic­i­pate any decrease in ser­vices, class­es, activ­i­ties or offer­ings. Instead, the tran­si­tion peri­od is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to pre­pare for improved respon­sive­ness and engage­ment as each loca­tion pre­pares to move for­ward independently.

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about the tran­si­tion is post­ed on the Mullis Cen­ter web­site.

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