History of the Wakulla Senior Citizens Center
In 1970 volunteers began providing Telephone Reassurance from a borrowed space at the Wakulla County Court House. The Board of Directors was established in 1970. At this time the Board of Commissioners, local churches, organizations and private individuals, along with program income served to make the cash match to keep the program alive.
In 1971 WCSC moved into the Womens’ Club building behind Hudson Park. Recreation was added in the form of ceramics and home delivered meals during this time. Drivers traveled to Tallahassee to pick up dinner meals and bring them back to serve senior citizens in Wakulla County.
In 1980-1981, the Wakulla County Commissioners donated a piece of property on Magnolia Street to our organization. A Federal grant was awarded and the Wakulla Senior Citizens Center was established. During this time Title IIIB-OAA (Older Americans Act) grant funding was established from the Federal Government for general operations.
In 1982, the State of Florida introduced Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) into law. The state provided funding for the program, including a 10% cash match needed to qualify for the funding. Services were increased to enable home-bound seniors, age 60 and over, to receive needed services.
In 1987, the Senior Center was designated Transportation Coordinator for Wakulla County by the Board of Commissioners. This program was in the process of expanding to cover all clients (not sponsored in the county) who needed assistance with medical transportation.
In 2002, Wakulla County Senior Citizens Center opened its 9,000 square foot newly constructed senior facility. The center includes a large dining area with a kitchen equipped to prepare daily home cooked meals. Another important feature includes a large multipurpose room that can be split into smaller activity rooms. Funding for this project was provided by donations from local businesses and individuals in our community. Wakulla Bank also graciously provided us with a loan.
In June 2006, Wakulla Trace Apartments opened a facility that provides housing for low-income elderly and disabled adults.