GLOVERSVILLE - The Senior Citizens Service Center of Gloversville & Fulton County will close at the end of the month, Executive Director Catherine Mueller said this morning.
Mueller said the decision was made at the senior center's Board of Directors meeting Monday.
"It's due to a lack of funding," Mueller said. "We are a non-profit organization."
The center will be open regular hours for the rest of the week and will be open on Mondays for the rest of the month after Friday.
"We're [changing] to a limited schedule. We have commitments to social clubs and dance classes and a couple of groups here," Mueller said.
The senior center has three employees on the payroll in addition to Mueller, and they were notified they'll be laid off, she said.
Mueller has warned previously that the center has been having financial difficulties. Its funding has steadily declined in recent years. The center's annual budget is about $100,000, not including unanticipated expenses, Mueller said.
She said a quarter of that budget, $25,000, was lost last year from diminishing trust funds, private donations and other funding.
The city stopped supplementing the center's budget a few years ago.
Noon meals are no longer offered at the center on a regular basis, since the Fulton County Office for Aging said it couldn't afford to pay the $200 per month rent it paid the center to offer the meals in the facility.
It was unclear today how the shutdown of the center will affect the Fulmont Community Action Agency, which leases office space from the center in the same building.
Amanda Whistle covers Gloversville news. She can be reached at gloversville @leaderherald.com.