The Connection - December 2020

Our PLACE makes big financial strides

Dec 16, 2020

The effort to build an adult day center to serve adults and caregivers in Loudon and Monroe counties and surrounding communities impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia has reached a significant milestone.

More than $365,000 has been raised to build Our PLACE, which will be located in front of Food Lion at the intersection of Highways 444 and 72 in Tellico Village. The original construction budget is $620,000.

When first-year operating expenses and rising material and construction costs are calculated, the project’s initial budget is expected around $900,000, Jim Dezzutti, Our PLACE board chairman, said. One-third of the total first-year costs will need to be offset by a mortgage.

Overall confidence in the success of the project is shared by the East Tennessee Foundation and Tellico Community Foundation.

On Nov. 12, those two charitable institutions donated a one-acre parcel to serve as Our PLACE’s future home. Construction-ready blueprints are expected to be completed in January and the final bidding process will begin among three identified contractors.

Ground breaking for construction could occur in late March or early April. Also underway are preparations to develop a set of operational best practices learned from East Tennessee adult day centers and their daily operations. In April, a search team will begin the effort to hire a full-time director and assistant.

Dezzutti asks that local residents consider making a charitable contribution and a holiday gift to Our PLACE to ensure momentum can continue.

“We cannot thank those in our community enough for their generous support over the past year as the significant need for this facility has been recognized,” he said.

For more information, visit www.ourplacetn.org. A donation can be sent to Our PLACE at 202 Chota Road, Loudon, TN 37774.

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