AP NEWS

Elder Network expands office

May 13, 2019

Later this month, Rochester’s Elder Network staff will have more space.

Last year, the agency discovered neighboring office space at its 1130 ½ Seventh St. NW location was being vacated, and the Elder Network board of directors acted quickly to secure the space in an effort to expand without disrupting programs and services.

“This expansion is so important for us to continue to serve the growing needs of seniors,” Elder Network Executive Director Laurie Marreel said in a statement on the expansion project. “It allows our senior advocates to meet with more families, offers additional caregiver coaching, training and support. Additionally, it gives Elder Network the capacity to expand our programs with more staffing as demand for services grow.”

The expansion adds 700 feet of office space, with plans of a second phase set for this summer to expand the agency;s reception area.

Funding for the project came from grants provided by the Mayo Clinic and the Otto Bremer Trust. Additionally volunteers from Local Union No. 681, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades were arranged through the United Way of Olmsted County, and paint and materials were donated by Sherwin Williams and Hirshfields.

The Mayo Clinic will help underwrite the first year of lease expenses related to the expanded space and provide on-going support for Elder Network programs, while the Otto Bremer Trust is supporting efforts to rewire the space, update phones and computer equipment and equip the offices, as well as providing support for Elder Network prgrams.

Elder Network’s seven programs — Senior Advocates, Friendly Visiting and Peer Support, Caregiver Respite, Companion Services, Transportation, Caregiver support and Education — help seniors maintain their health and independence through various levels of support.