The Board of Directors of Garretson’s Home hosted a community meeting on Monday evening, Nov. 25 at the First United Methodist Church. The meeting was held to get feedback from the community about the possibilities of reopening the home and what the needs of the community are.
Steve Butler of Architect and Associates gave a synopsis of the current condition of the home and how that condition will affect the future of the home. He was very encouraging that the home can be functional and support certain needs within the community of Panhandle. However, he couldn’t assure the community that a retirement or assisted living home would be an option because of the structure
and condition of the home meeting required regulations for such a facility.
Mr. Butler advised the citizens present that they should put a brochure and presentation together and apply for grant monies to help fund and offset the cost to the community for the revamping of the home.
The citizens present discussed several possibilities for the home including a child daycare center, remodeling and updating a kitchen area for a Meals-On-Wheels program, building of new cottages for assisted living, a community meeting room and/or fitness center.
The Board has plans to call another community meeting after the first of the year to discuss putting together a brochure and applying for grant assistance.
Boards of Director Members are Julie and Rex Young, Sheri and Mark Urbanczyk, Kay and Charles Burk, Doyle Robinson, Dixie Surratt, Scott Sherwood, Rob Roach, Frances Sinclair, Mary Lou and Jerry Lane, Buddy Payne, Mark Land and Dr. Holly Jeffreys. Advisory Board Members are Jean and Wayne Cox and C.L. Edwards.
Community members present at the meeting were Dena Hileman, Mary and Don Bednorz, Sharon Daughters, Tammy and Greg Wendel, Kay Williams, Brenda and Doyle Robinson, Dan Looten, Kay and Charles Burk, Bill McLeod, Frances and Erskine Sinclair, Paula and Don Vance, Marcia Carter, Ann Metcalf, Celeste Bischel, Jeanene Montgomery, Joli Arial, Carla McIlroy Collier and Rob Roach.