Senior Action’s New Greenville Headquarters Set to Open May 3 with Expanded Services and New Memberships Available
Greenville, S.C. [April 15, 2021] – Senior Action’s new Greenville headquarters, located near the intersection of East North Street and Howell Road, will open to the public on Monday, May 3. The nonprofit organization, which connects adults over the age of 55 to vital programs and services to help them stay healthy, active and engaged in their community, purchased the 35,000-square-foot building at the end of 2019, with plans to renovate and completely transform it.
“We outgrew our old building years ago,” says Andrea Smith, CEO & Executive Director of Senior Action. “One in six Americans is over the age of 55. There are more than 84,000 seniors right here in Greenville County, and Greenville is considered one of the best places to retire in the U.S. In order to continue addressing the ever-changing needs of our growing senior population, we had to find more space.”
The new building is more than twice the size of the previous one, which had been home to Senior Action since 2007. Highlights include a fitness studio with exercise equipment and large rooms for health and wellness classes; a conference center that can seat up to 400 people for special events; and a Fine Arts Center with music, art, and movement studios specifically for seniors, complete with sound-proof rehearsal rooms, a pottery kiln and a designated dance space. Caldwell Constructors partnered with architecture firm Craig Gaulden Davis on the renovation.
“Art and music programs are among our most popular, and they consistently have a waiting list,” Smith says. “Having a Fine Arts Center creates so many new opportunities to engage our seniors, as well as the community at large. We plan to host artists-in-residence, senior art exhibits, dance recitals, concerts and other special events. The opportunities to create beautiful art and music together are endless.”
In addition to creating room to grow and serve more seniors, the new building will also serve as an additional revenue stream for Senior Action, through conference center rentals and tenants leasing other commercial spaces in the shopping center. Several existing tenants plan to stay, and Smith is actively looking for businesses, preferably those offering services for seniors, who may want to move in.
While initial plans called for a late 2020 opening, the timing of the building’s completion is actually quite perfect. “It’s been a long, lonely year of isolation and social distancing, especially for seniors,” says Smith. “We couldn’t be more excited to open the doors to this fabulous new building, with expanded programming and plenty of room for new members, just as people are getting vaccinated and starting to venture out again. This is a huge step toward helping seniors in Greenville County get back to living their best lives.”
Senior Action currently serves about 5,000 seniors across 8 locations countywide, offering a variety of educational programs, fitness classes and social events, as well as access to services like medical transportation, lawn care, home-delivered meals and affordable housing. With everything from lunch served each day to line dancing, yoga, bridge, art, band, computer classes, financial planning workshops, trips - and plans to add quite a bit of new programming in the coming months - there really is something for everyone. Senior Action also plans to offer extended evening hours to accommodate the large number of seniors who still work full time.
“Whether you’re a current member who wants to get more involved, a former member who wants to come back, or someone who’s never been to Senior Action before, we invite you to be a part of this growth,” says Smith. “Make it a priority to join Senior Action this year, and let us be your place to socialize, meet new people and try new things.”
Annual memberships offer unlimited access to gym equipment, classes and other activities, while monthly and a la carte options are available for those who only wish to attend specific classes. Anyone interested in joining Senior Action is encouraged to call 864.467.3660 and make an appointment to tour the new space.
ABOUT SENIOR ACTION
Senior Action is a non-profit organization devoted to keeping adults over the age of 55 active, healthy, and engaged in meaningful activities, by offering health and wellness programs, social and civic involvement initiatives, and a mix of dining, transportation and home care services. In partnership with numerous other service providers in the community, Senior Action has been serving Greenville County since 1967. www.senioraction.org
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