Roswell Senior Center gets spruced up

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ROSWELL - Since opening nearly 15 years ago, Senior Services North Fulton’s (SSNF) Roswell Senior Center on Warsaw Road has kept hundreds of aging North Fulton residents active and thriving.

So maybe it was time for the building to get a little attention of its own.

On Dec. 10, seniors, members of SSNF’s board of directors, staff and local luminaries rededicated the building after recent renovations with a afternoon of fun, food and more.

Ivan Figueroa is a member of SSNF’s board of directors and a Johns Creek Councilman. He said the basic plan was to gussy up the place and make it more inviting to local seniors.

“Whenever I would come by, it seemed institutional-like,” he said. “So the idea was to make it warm and accommodating, like someone’s living room. I think they’ve done that.”

Figeuroa said the effort started small, with a donation of a fresh coat of interior paint from J. Robert Kincaid, business manager of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

“What we did this with was volunteers,” Kincaid said. “It gave us an opportunity for hands-on training for apprenticeships, too.”

Kathy Field, chairwoman of SSNF’s board of directors, said after the new paint, things started falling into place. Decorator Liz Jamieson from the International Chapter of Home Staging Professionals provided the furniture and fixtures, and funds were raised to put in new flooring.

That was a needed improvement, said Figueroa. Previously, the Roswell Senior Center featured a mix of carpet, parquet floors and linoleum. Now there is just a small amount of carpet and much more smooth hardwoods.

“With these seniors, they have wheelchairs and assistive walking devices,” he said. “Going over uneven surfaces can be painful.”

The building is a special place for many seniors ranging from the early 60’s to the mid 90’s who rely on the 19-year-old organization for a wide variety of services, said Field. It is one of three in North Fulton — the others are in Alpharetta and Sandy Springs — that helps home-bound seniors with transportation, meals, housekeeping, nurses and more, all at no charge.

“Our senior population is growing,” she said. “And we need a facility to accommodate that population. This renovation helps us meet those needs.”