Senior Services of Wichita

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Senior Services of Wichita has started the first phase of a $6 million renovation project for its downtown senior center.

The building on South Walnut in the Delano District dates back to the 1950s.

Senior Services is working to remodel and expand the facility to meet the needs of the growing senior population in the community.

Executive director Laurel Alkire says the kitchen that’s used in the Meals on Wheels program will triple in size.

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Residents needing home repair, lawn service or personal care can request help through a senior services program in Wichita that employs older workers.

The program is called In-Home Support Services. Senior Employment Program Director Cherie Wenderott-Shields says the workers are 55 and older, and they go through a screening process.

“We've got handymen, we've got caregivers, we have housekeepers, cooks – anything that you can think of that a senior would request needing help in their home with,” Wenderott-Shields says.