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BSRI provides important senior citizen resources

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Brunswick County has a growing population of retired senior citizens.

Although they’re not working anymore, you can be sure they have no plans to take it easy. From volunteering at schools and with church and civic organizations, to taking part in senior athletic leagues and games, Brunswick’s senior population is active and making important, positive impacts on this community.

Because of their active lifestyles, it’s important for Brunswick County to make sure it has plenty of services to offer this growing population. One place this is being done well is through Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

BSRI offers a variety of services in Brunswick, most notably operating senior centers and the Meals on Wheels program.

This weekend, BSRI will have a grand opening for its newest addition: a brand new senior center in Southport. Like other senior centers in Brunswick County, this facility will be a gathering place for senior citizens—a place where they can make friends, enjoy a hot meal and take part in a number of hobbies, crafts and other activities.

But they can also go to work, if they want to.

Through grants from the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation and the Catherine Kennedy Home Foundation, the center has been outfitted with kitchen equipment and furnishings. Brunswick’s seniors will have the opportunity to work in the kitchen, helping provide food for the county’s congregate senior meals and the Meals on Wheels program.

In this economy, it’s good to see creative employment opportunities being developed.

The need for improved and expanded senior services in Brunswick County is great. Plans have called for creating replacements senior centers in Leland and Shallotte and to create new senior facilities in Supply and Calabash.

Because of budget challenges for the county, these plans have been put on hold. We hope soon the county can find ways to fund these worthwhile endeavors and look forward to the success of the Southport center, which will hopefully serve as a model for future centers.