Frequently Asked Questions
Who are "The Friends" and what do we do?
So...just who are "The Friends of Ludlow Senior Center" and what do we do?
We are an official 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization created in 1984!. The Goal of The Friends organization is to financially assist the Ludlow Senior Center by seeking donations, corporate gifts and engaging in fund raising efforts. The funds raised by The Friends are used to supplement programs at the Sr Center which improves the quality of life for our Seniors.
Here’s a SAMPLING of items The Friends have provided to the Sr Center in the past:
Tropical Fish Tank
Dining Room Décor
In 2017 The Friends funded a Feasibility Study which defined the need for and estimated funding surrounding a new Sr Center in Ludlow. This Feasibility Study provided the details we needed to get the project on the Town Ballot and approved in 2018.
The Friends are in a position to continue to support the NEW Center.
Over the past 2 years, a major fundraising effort was conducted to raise funds specially for equipment, furnishings and other needs of the new Center. We are excited to begin a new chapter in the history of The Friends Organization.
Anyone can be a part of our future. The Friends hold monthly Business Meetings the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 1:30 pm. 228 State St, Ludlow. You must register to attend. All are welcome. Call the Center to register for the meeting at 413 583-3564
What's next for new Senior Center?
February, 2021 - Our new building is COMPLETE and the staff has been moved to the new Center. The building remains closed to the public due to the Covid situation.
What's next for the building? The staff will get established in the building. We await word from the state of Mass that Senior Centers can reopen so we can begin programs inside out beautiful new building.
After breaking ground in December 2019, the building completed about 2 months later than planned, but with a project this size, undertaken during a major pandemic, we're very pleased with the overall project.
The project included the purchase of land within the Ludlow Mills complex. The building design successfully mimics the style of the Mill buildings.
FAQ Archives from 2018 and 2019
Why does Ludlow need a new Senior Center?
The current Ludlow Senior Center is located at 37 Chestnut St in the basement of a 110-year-old building.
The Town of Ludlow does not own the building and it would be fiscally irresponsible to renovate.
The current footprint of the building can't be changed or altered.
The current facility is not ADA friendly and has very limited parking.
There are HVAC, electrical, air quality, and plumbing issues.
There is limited natural light and many windows that don't open.
Although the building is 24,000 sq ft, only 10,000 sq ft are usable.
There is simply not enough space for all that the Center currently offers and to accommodate our growing senior population...It's time to get our Seniors out of the basement!
By The Numbers
Over the next 20 years...
The overall population growth in Massachusetts will be 11.8% *.
The age 60+ population will grow at a phenomenal 64.8%. *
Other projections indicate that the 85+ population will also see a dramatic increase as residents live longer.
In other words...1 in 3 Ludlow residents will be over the age of 60 and will want to stay in their community. * 2017 population data provided by Ludlow Town Census.
Ludlow Senior Center 2016 Statistics:
24,610 meals served (100+ a day)
11,641 rides provided
300+ daily visits on average
80 unique events and services
72,447 Center visits overall
What is the Friends Grass Roots Group?
A motivated group that is helping to spread the word about the new Senior Center project. Anyone of any age is welcome to join the Friend’s Grass Roots Group.
Who's on the Senior Center Building Committee?
A seven member committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen is currently leading the effort to move this project forward. Committee members are:
Jodi Zepke, Sr Center Executive Director
Fred Lafayette, representing the Council on Aging
Bill Rooney, representing the Board of Selectmen
Richard Moskal, representing the Finance Committee
Steve Santos, representing the Department of Public Works
Michael Szlosek and Matias Goncalves, representing the community at large
The committee invites anyone to attend their meetings.
What is a Senior Center?
The Ludlow Senior Center serves as the Town's social service agency that connects older adults, their families, and caregivers to vital community services that assist residents to stay healthy, active and independent in our community.
Why would I need a Senior Center?
If you're under the age of 60, you may not need our services yet, although you probably know someone who does. From those that are very active and desire a social and recreational facility, to those that use us as the only thing that separates them from being in nursing facility, the Senior Center serves the aging population in all transitional periods. We serve those with greater financial means, and those whose survival depends upon the resources we provide. When you need us, we're here for you and the entire Ludlow community.
Instead of building new, why not use an existing Town building, like an old school?
The Senior Center Building Committee explored every option available and it was concluded that an old school cannot be utilized for a Senior Center due to the building codes. This would simply not be fiscally responsible. Unfortunately, there are no other available building options.
What impact will this have on my taxes?
The estimated cost for the entire project is approximately $9.8 million. This equates to about $59 per year increase on the average single family household in town (that's a cup of coffee a week!). It is worth it for the services the Senior Center provides to our community!
Why don't we apply for grants or donations to fund the project?
Currently, federal and state monies are not available. The Friends of the Ludlow Senior Center has pledged to fundraise $1 million toward this project. The "Friends" group is a private non-profit organization that supports the Senior Center through its fundraising efforts.
2000-2010 population data provided by US Census.