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Youngstown nonprofit serving area seniors shutting its doors

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A Youngstown nonprofit that provides meals and other services for area seniors will soon be shutting its doors.

Staff at the United Methodist Community Center on Belmont Avenue said the center will suspend its services indefinitely starting Saturday, Sept. 15.

The decision came after the board of directors could not come up with sustainable funding to keep the center going.

"We needed more financial support, some of our obligations outweighed our revenue that was coming in and we could no longer sustain it," said Executive Director Tayana Pannell.

The board said it's working other area agencies to make sure its clients stay connected to the services they need.

Pannell said the center serves 125 seniors with food deliveries every month, and more than 200 who receive welfare checks and phone calls to combat "chronic isolation." 

They also serve around 75 youth in Mahoning and Trumbull counties and have a veteran's program that serves about 100 people. 

Pannell said services also include transportation to and from medical appointments. 

Under the moniker of the United Methodist Community Center, it carried two historic family-motivated legacies of the Mahoning Valley: the Pearl Street Mission of Youngstown, Ohio (est. 1924) and the Rebecca Williams Community Center of Warren, Ohio (est. 1926).

A plethora of people passed through their doors to utilize the available services to find employment, to become a volunteer or to call it a haven for themselves and their children.

"We are proud to have followed in the footsteps of the Pearl Street Mission of Youngstown and the Rebecca Williams Community Center of Warren, and are hopeful that we will serve the communities of the Mahoning Valley again in the future," said Rick Wolcott, Director of Communications for the center.

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