WATSONVILLE — The Salud Para la Gente board of directors Monday night tabled a discussion of whether to close its adult daycare center and reduce its adult dental program, but that didn’t stop dozens of people from showing up to urge the board to reconsider the reductions.
The discussion was spurred by a $200,000 monthly shortfall for Salud Para la Gente, $40,000 of which comes from the Elderday program. That organization provides about 100 seniors with medical services and meals.
Jerry Keuter of Soquel said he takes care of a friend who uses Elderday. He said that a decision to close the facility would likely have a permanent impact.
“If Elderday goes away, it won’t come back,” he said. “It just won’t. Because those are the times we live in.”
Keuter was joined by medical workers, patients and community members who also addressed the directors.
Cecilia Espiniza, director of Human Services for the County of Santa Cruz, said it would be a “tragedy” to close Elderday.
Board president Marc Pimentel said the decision was delayed because the organization wants more time to hear ideas from the community about how to keep the programs running, with ideas ranging from restructuring to partnering with other agencies to finding new revenue sources.
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