Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 | 4:05 p.m.
Salvation Army Adult Day Care
The estate of a former Henderson businesswoman is providing the bulk of funding for renovations to the Salvation Army Adult Day Care center in Henderson.
Officials marked the beginning of work on the $750,000 project with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.
The Salvation Army received $550,000 three years ago from the estate of Mary Roberts, the first woman to serve on the Henderson Planning Commission and as president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce. Roberts also was the longtime owner of two Rob’s Motels in Henderson, and she was a retired property developer. She died in
“We were one of three agencies included in her will,” Salvation Army Major William Cobb said at the groundbreaking. “Her will specified that the proceeds were to go for the exclusive use of the adult day care.”
The rest of the funding for the renovations will come from other Salvation Army trusts and donations.
The adult day care center, 830 E. Lake Mead Parkway, opened in 1986 and has not been renovated since, Cobb said.
The center provides care for adults with disabilities and seniors that require around-the-clock care. The center’s client list now numbers 30 adults that use the facility Monday through Friday when family members are at work or otherwise unavailable. The center also serves as a food bank for Henderson and Boulder City, offers showers for the homeless and provides other social services.
The renovation will include a facelift to the building’s façade, along with new landscaping. It also will add new amenities to the center: a commercial kitchen and a break room and restrooms for employees.
Current signage, now barely visible to drivers, will be replaced as well.
Cobb said the center, which will remain open during construction, most likely would reach its full capacity, 49 clients, when the remodeling was completed.
Alma Curtis, the center’s director, said the program had several functions, including rehabilitation, and the remodeling will go a long way for the center.
“We want them to be able to do as much for themselves as possible,” Curtis said. “We have two clients that, since I have been here, have learned to feed themselves. We’ll be cooking our own food now; in the past we haven’t had the facility to do that.”
Curtis said the center provided activities like bingo and dancing with live entertainment. It also serves breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack its clients. The youngest person in the program just turned 20 and the oldest in 93. Curtis said many of the clients are thrilled about the remodel.
“We’ve been talking about this for two and a half years, so I think it’s going to be exciting for them,” Curtis said. “I have one client that asks me every single day, ‘When are we going to start?’”
Roy Phillips, whose D and R General Contracting is contractor for the project, said he would hire more than 120 people to complete the renovation and hopes to have the renovations completed by June.
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