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Despite the reopening of the Neat Repeat, the Prineville Senior Center remains closed due to state COVID regulations until phase three

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - Looking south at the front of the Prineville Senior Center, the grounds have a new resurfaced parking lot. The Neat Repeat thrift store is off to the right of the building. Other remodel upgrades include replacement of the floors, repair or replacement of the roof, HVAC system, kitchen appliances and access ramps. The facility also received new lighting and paint. In addition to a new parking lot, the facility now has new sidewalks around the building, and new covered ramps at all three entrances. The front entrance changed so that there will be handicapped parking on the west side, right at the front entrance.

As the temporary fence around the Prineville Senior Center has come down, Prineville residents have been curious when the doors will open.

Four years in the making, the remodel project for the Senior Center was recently completed. It closed its doors for remodeling on March 1, 2020. The work was completed within the timeline anticipated. Work began in late February on the project, which included replacement of the floors and repair or replacement of the roof, parking lot, HVAC system, kitchen appliances and access ramps. The facility also received new lighting and paint.

The facility now has a new parking lot, new sidewalks around the building, and new covered ramps at all three entrances. The front entrance changed so that there will be handicapped parking on the west side, right at the front entrance. The second entrance door, which is just past the first set of automated doors, has been changed from a manual door to push-button entrance.

"The outside I think is just beautiful. I am so happy with it," commented Senior Center Director Melody Kendall.

Everything will be locked up at the Senior Center, however, and the only thing operating is the kitchen where the cooks will be preparing and delivering home meals. The Senior Center is still closed for activities and meals under the guidelines of the state.

"I just don't have any kind of date on that," said Kendall of the timeline of reopening the Senior Center. "The Council on Aging has let us know that the state has said no senior center—we can't open it until Stage Three. If that changes, we will definitely open as soon as we can."

Within a couple of weeks, Kendall indicated that they will be getting settled in the new kitchen, but they will only be preparing for the home-delivered meals. She added that while they are getting set up, it is difficult to know what they will need for donations for their food program.

"It's not open any different than what we have been doing out at the church (Eastside Church)," she added of the preparing of meals.

Although the Senior Center is not able to open its doors yet, there is good news on the reopening of the Neat Repeat thrift store. It opened its doors on Monday, Sept. 21. Amidst the celebration, Kendall was adamant about cautioning customers about donations.

"I would like to ask people to be patient," she emphasized. "I know everybody in town has donations and wants to shop there, and we love that. But we can't overwhelm them, and I can't have people dropping stuff off after hours."

She added that they are open for donations during opening hours, and she emphasized that it would be best to wait a week to begin bringing in donations.

"I bet I get 15 calls a week," she said of requests of when local residents can bring in donations.

"We love donations, that is what keeps us going and keeps our business going, but we just can't have everybody in town drop them off the first week," she concluded.

Hours of the Neat Repeat will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Neat Repeat hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 170 N Main St, Prineville, OR 97754

(541) 447-6429

Senior home meals will continue to be delivered.


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