Citizens group forms to support Portsmouth Senior Center

Hopes that advocacy and fund-raising will keep building open past June 30


PORTSMOUTH — A new citizens group, Friends‌ ‌of‌ ‌Portsmouth‌ ‌Senior‌ ‌Center‌, has formed to ‌explore‌ ‌options‌ ‌for‌ ‌the center‌ ‌to‌ ‌continue‌ ‌‌operations‌ ‌at‌ its ‌current‌ ‌location‌ ‌while‌ ‌longterm proposals‌ ‌are developed.

The Portsmouth Multi-Purpose Senior Center’s board of directors and members have been told that the building that houses the center, the ‌former Anne‌ ‌Hutchinson‌ ‌School on Bristol Ferry Road, will‌ ‌close‌ ‌as‌ ‌of‌ ‌June‌ ‌30 due to costly fire code violations that have yet to be repaired.

The Town Council recently entered into a memorandum of understanding with Church‌ ‌Community‌ ‌Housing‌ ‌(CCH)‌ ‌to‌ ‌work‌ ‌on‌ ‌proposals‌ ‌for‌ ‌developing‌ ‌senior‌ ‌housing‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌senior‌ ‌center‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌location.‌ ‌ ‌

“Due‌ ‌to‌ ‌there‌ ‌not‌ ‌being‌ ‌a‌ ‌plan‌ ‌in‌ ‌place‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌center‌ ‌to‌ ‌remain‌ ‌in‌ ‌Portsmouth‌ ‌after‌ ‌June‌ ‌30,‌ ‌2021,‌ ‌a group‌ ‌of‌ ‌concerned‌ ‌citizens‌ ‌came‌ ‌together‌ ‌to‌ ‌form‌ ‌the‌ ‌Friends‌ ‌of‌ ‌Portsmouth‌ ‌Senior‌ ‌Center,‌ private‌ ‌

non-profit‌ ‌organization,” the group stated in an e-mail. ‌”The‌ ‌mission‌ ‌is‌ ‌awareness,‌ ‌advocacy‌ ‌and‌ ‌fund-raising‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌Portsmouth‌ ‌Senior Center.‌ 

“Our‌ ‌immediate‌ ‌goal‌ ‌is‌ ‌explore‌ ‌options‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌senior‌ ‌center‌ ‌to‌ ‌continue‌ ‌their‌ ‌operations‌ ‌at‌ ‌their‌ ‌current‌ ‌location‌ ‌while‌ ‌proposals‌ ‌are‌ ‌being‌ ‌developed‌ ‌which‌ ‌could‌ ‌take‌ ‌up‌ ‌to‌ ‌five‌ ‌years.‌”

If‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌interested‌ ‌in‌ ‌joining‌ ‌the organization, e-mail‌ ‌, or‌ ‌call‌ 857/204-7445.‌ ‌

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