Commission on Aging leaders and local officials celebrated the grand opening of the Galt Senior Resource Center Monday morning, along with over 50 guests with a special ceremony and ribbon cutting.

Attending the event were Galt Vice Mayor Shawn Farmer, Galt Councilman Paul Sandhu and Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli, as well as Galt Senior Club leadership, various business leaders, and Meals on Wheels representatives.

Giving a history on the planning process for the resource center, Commission on Aging Chair Bob Balliet said they were advised to start small. Commissioners petitioned the city, specifically the Parks and Recreation Department, for a small space and were offered a “closet”.

Located inside the Chabolla Community Center, 600 Chabolla Avenue, the newly refurbished storage room sports new flooring and paint, and houses a desk, computer, chairs and several tables full of information from dozens of resources.

Commissioners decorated the walls with paintings and other décor, transforming the small room into an inviting space any business office would be envious of.

Balliet attributed the success of creating the resource center to former Mayor Lori Heuer for donating her discretionary funds to help get the resource center off the ground, and Parks & Rec officials for their help.

“This was accomplished with the help of then Mayor Lori Heuer and other city officials, and a large part, the ongoing and invaluable guidance the commission received and continues to receive from Director [Armando] Solis and his able assistant Ms. Monica Lopez and her staff, for which we are always appreciative, because you always need someone to keep you on the straight and narrow,” Balliet said at the event.

Balliet went on to thank his fellow commissioners, Alvin Roberts, who donated and installed the flooring; Andrea Johnson, who donated four brand new chairs; Marie Hall for donating a printer; and Pennie Niemeyer, who took on the responsibility to manage the volunteers.

Speaking on behalf of the city, Farmer thanked all the efforts of the entire commission.

“I am thankful you’re here, all the commissioners; this resource center wouldn’t be here to day without the efforts of all of you here. I appreciate that very much,” Farmer said.

Nottoli presented a framed letter of congratulations to Balliet and commended the commission as well, calling the center a “labor of love” and a “tremendous accomplishment”.

Guests were treated to refreshments provided by Walmart, Raley’s, SaveMart, Jackson Hewitt and It’s A Grind, and enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors as they waited their turn to tour the new Galt Senior Resource Center.

The center hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 pm.; closed on holidays. Volunteers can be reached at 209-745-7332. The commission is still looking for additional volunteers to help at the center; if you are interested, please call the resource center.