NSC Annual Report - 2021 - 2022

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200 White Chapel Drive • Newark, DE 19713 (302) 737-2336 • www.newarkseniorcenter.com The Newark Senior Center enhances the lives of the 50+ community by providing resources and opportunities for growth in body, mind and spirit. ANNUAL REPORT 2021-2022 Where We are & Where We are going


This is our “tagline” but it is also at the core of everything we do. It is our mission to enhance the lives of the 50+ in body, mind and spirit. Our community, our members, range in age from 50 to more than 100 – a 50+ year age range of the population. It is hard to think of another organization that serves such a broad group.

We often say there is something for everyone! As the first and only nationally accredited senior center in the state we are very proud of the wide array of programs and activities. Many of our programs are included with the very modest membership fee. We are also reducing the fees for our fitness programs and combining all fitness activities under the “fitness access” pass. During these times of rising costs this approach may seem counterintuitive, however, making our programs accessible to all is an important guiding principle.

32,231 total fitness units


52,881 meals delivered to homebound in the community

9,516 rides to the Center

A common question asked by new and returning members is, “how is the center doing since you reopened?”. As a point of clarity, the Center never really closed. Meals on Wheels was considered an essential service during the early and bewildering stage of the pandemic, and demand grew considerably. Other programming was gradually brought back beginning in August 2020.

However, over the past 2 years nearly 25% of our members, 1,000 individuals have not returned to the Center.

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There is the ongoing dilemma of exposing loved ones to the virus or suffering the dire consequences of isolation. Prepandemic, the NSC completed a major renovation of the Center allowing us to provide a much safer environment for the return of our members. Some features included touch free access to and throughout the facility, durable surfaces that could be sanitized, reimagined use of the facility to reduce and eliminate the number of transitions throughout the day

The cost of some of these operational changes is seen in the limited ability to provide valuable programming to our members. Enrichment programming has suffered the most as that was the last to return to the Center. Participation in enrichment activities has declined by 30% since prepandemic levels. A key factor is the limited space for this type of programming.


In the coming year, the NSC will be expanding the facility in two key areas. The main gathering space, which can be divided into 3 separate spaces will be able to be expanded to 6 separate but flexible spaces. The change will allow us to provide dedicated space for exercise, enrichment, social programming as well as provide additional space for our noontime meal program and our main gathering space. The second portion of the facility to be expanded is our Meeting of Minds space. This addition will allow us to serve 40-60% more individuals each day.

Prepandemic facility management and operational practices served us well for many years. This facility expansion will allow us to continue to safely serve our members, provide peace of mind to families, and avoid the costly effects of isolation.

Center Staff

Executive Director Carla Grygiel

Social Services Director Anika Turner

Development Director Jessica Feinberg


Katie Rivera

Program Coordinator Heather Mitchell

Early Memory Loss Program Coordinator

Laura Greene

Accountant Jamie Wigal

Volunteer Coordinator

Yojani Carvajal-Ayala

Secretary Margaret Fraser

Food Service Director Joey Berenato

Nutrition Director/Meals on Wheels Coordinator Stefanie Thomas

Food Service Staff

Rhonda Faison Donna Kern

Allan McCall Pat Smith

Facility Department Pat Bartling

Dave Dutill Bruce Zabel

Bus Drivers

Betty Clayton Jim Dilks Bill Earl

Robert Smith Martin Trgala

Board of Directors

President: Jane Donovan

Vice President: Mae Gaskins

Treasurer: Joyce Hayes

Secretary: Leann Moore

Joan Bliss

Frank Dowling

Laura Greene

Peg Saenger

Jason Thompson

Ju Young Shin

Financial Report

Bob Burton

Renee Goolday

Scott Martin

Carol Smith

E. Frances White

Change in Net


Revenues Public Support Grants $ 730,699 Contributions $ 121,232 Contributions of nonfinancial assets $ 58,020 United Way $ 20,436 $ 930,387 Other Revenue Fees, Dues, Sales $ 657,027 Rental Income $ 32,681 Fundraising $ 216,205 Investment Activity $ (531,968) Miscellaneous $ 24,961 $ 398,906 Total Public Support & Revenue $1,329,293 Expenses Program Services Education & Recreation $ 1,051,294 Social Services $ 124,918 Transportation $ 143,349 Food Services $ 710,900 $2,030,461 Support Services Management & General $ 122,378 Fundraising $ 7,483 $ 129,861 Total Expenses $2,160,322
Net Assets Beginning of Year $7,622,645 Net Assets End of Year $6,791,616
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