ElderServe nonprofit ‘halts’ operations after 60 years – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville
A nonprofit that has served Louisville seniors for 60 years is suspending operations, citing funding issues and the toll of the pandemic.
Patty Biden, CEO of ElderServe, announced this week that the organization would be closing its 28th Street location, which has been around since the 1990s.
Friday was the last day for activities there, and the organization plans to sell the building. ElderServe went from two installs to one in 2021.
Belden said residents were devastated. Some told him that the community was the reason they got up in the morning.
“It’s a place they’ve been coming to for years and years and before that their parents or grandparents or aunts or uncles used to come here,” Belden said. “It’s a cornerstone of the community and they feel a really personal loss.”
Before the pandemic, ElderServe was seeing about 2,000 customers a year. This has since shrunk to 800-900, almost all residents who live in or around the Russell neighborhood in the West End.
The organization offered services such as adult day care, activities, companionship and some health services such as podiatry and dental care.
“We were able to bring them here to the neighborhood, making them easily accessible to those who have these barriers to quality health care or healthy eating or transportation to these places,” Belden said.
They also provided free meals and stood up for elderly victims of crime. That meant helping them navigate the legal system or installing home security devices.
According to a press release, ElderServe is working with community partners to fill the gap in services created by their closure.
And Belden said she hopes it won’t be long before they can start up again.
“It’s not too late to help,” she said. “We are not dissolving, our hope is to rebuild, and we are going to need the community to rally around us to make that possible.”