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Senior center receives grant to move into Bessie Rowell Community Center

Franklin’s Twin Rivers Intergenerational Program, known as the TRIP center, has received a grant to help cover the costs of relocating to the Bessie Rowell Community Center, which officially opened earlier this year.

The city received a $413,938 Community Development Block Grant last week to help cover the costs. The TRIP center will join Head Start, Tiny Twisters Day care, and the city’s recreation department and drug task force in the new community center. The grant comes from the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, which awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to programs across the state.

The TRIP center’s services include Meals-on-Wheels, community dining, a rural transportation system and senior companion program. The money will help offset some of the centers operating and relocation costs. It’s move into the community center had been delayed due to a lack of funding.

Putting the TRIP center in the same spot as the day care and recreation department will make the community center a place where all different parts of the city’s population can interact. For example, people at the TRIP center for lunch may want to go to dance class at the recreation center after or to see a show put on by the children in day care, said City Manager Elizabeth Dragon, who led the creation of the community center.

“The most difficult part was finding the right mix of organizations to go into the building and the funding to make it happen,” Dragon said.

Head Start and Tiny Twisters received Community Development Block Grants last year.


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