The Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, located in San Diego, California, recently celebrated its grand opening and will serve as Senior Community Centers’ flagship facility. The Gary and Mary West Foundation’s $4 million gift was instrumental in making the center and its innovative programming possible. The facility’s uses of natural resources and technology helped the facility earn its LEED Gold Certification for energy efficiency. Acquisition and renovation costs for the project totaled over $8 million and Senior Community Centers is working with the local community to help raise the final $1.8 million to fund the remaining parts of the project.
“The concept of retirement and aging as we know it is constantly evolving, and today’s senior is not one to sit home alone in a rocking chair,” said Paul Downey, president and CEO of Senior Community Centers. “Age is not a barrier to learning, contributing to the community and participating in active, healthy lifestyles.”