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Community thrives at Crenshaw Adult Daycare Center

Several miles outside of Rutledge, down Quail Ridge Road, is the Crenshaw County Adult Daycare Center.

The building, built in the early 90’s, has a large multi-purpose area with a living room, dining area, pool table, crafts area and separate offices and a kitchen.

A staff of five make the meals, provide materials and pick-up many of the residents in the center’s van, who are mostly from the Crenshaw County area.

Residents, mostly elderly or disabled people, form a strong community within the center.

Everyone knows one another by first name, and the biggest division by far seems to be between Alabama and Auburn fans.

The daycare is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

During that time, there is a loose schedule featuring a morning snack and lunch, but the times between residents can essentially choose what to do.

Activities range from making various arts and crafts pieces, crocheting, playing pool to simply socializing on the front porch or the living area.

Outside activities include walks when the weather allows.

The center is certified with the state and is largely state-funded, and is also certified with DHR and Medicaid.

The program originally began all the way back in 1976, with the current building being constructed in 1992.

The residents and staff participate in fund-raisers across the county, including the recent Rock-a-Thon put on by Meadowcrest Apartments to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The center, according to staff member Nicole Jordan, is largely about helping people have independence and a social structure who otherwise might not receive it and assisting working caretakers.

The next big venture planned by the center is a “Fall Festival” fundraiser tentatively scheduled for October 20.

The center also accepts volunteers and donations such as craft supplies.

For more information, contact Jordan or director Sue Ackerman at (334)-335-5522.