Mar 10, 2011 7:00 PM
It's a place that many call home away from home. And when walking through the doors of the Peg Taylor Center, participants like John Preisner seem to leave their worries behind. John says, "I am happier here than any other place."
But it hasn't always been smooth sailing for the Peg Taylor Center. On March 4, 1986 the center opened its doors to serve adults with serious health problems. Diane Cooper-Puckett, Peg Taylor Center Director says,"It's grown so much over the years and in 25 years we've built just remarkable support from the community."
But that wasn't always the case. The center was originally located in a small room at the First Church of the Nazarene in Chico, and many doubted the center's success. "People in town we're saying it'll never work, it'll never work.. And I can't believe I'm here 25 years later," Peg Taylor Center volunteer, Joan Mejia says.
Many have echoed Joan Mejia's thoughts over the years. Faced with huge budget issues, it was a generous community that rose to the occasion with life-saving donations. Diane says, "It's been a wonderful experience actually to have reached out and have so many people show up to help in a difficult time."
The Peg Taylor Center has been able to serve over 30,000 members with 1.4 million hours of care. So to celebrate 25 years, Peg Taylor participants joined in the indoor walk Thursday which represents the values of the center: staying active, improving health, and having fun.. Joan says, "I want to see it going another 25 years." John says, "It's wonderful! I can't think of a better place to spend my time."
In honor of their silver anniversary, the Peg Taylor Center will be holding a fundraising walk and 5k run in Bidwell Park on April 2nd.
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