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The Yellow House in Evergreen has a new owner, with the building remaining the same — and yellow. The building on Highway 73 that housed the Seniors’ Resource Center since 1986 closed at the …
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The Yellow House in Evergreen has a new owner, with the building remaining the same — and yellow.
The building on Highway 73 that housed the Seniors’ Resource Center since 1986 closed at the beginning of the pandemic, and SRC officials decided in March 2021 to close it permanently, focusing more on in-home care. Enter the new owner, Mountain Community Pathways, an Evergreen business that provides wide-ranging care for those with developmental disabilities. It had offered a day program for eight years, most of that time at Church of the Hills.
“This is nothing but great for us,” said Cindy Reynolds, MCP’s co-owner, noting that other than sprucing up the building, nothing else will change.
She and co-owner Joan Wilson are thrilled that the building is already Americans with Disabilities Act accessible, and the many rooms will allow the staff to continue providing the same programs to participants. MCP is part camp, part school and part social club, so those with special needs learn, grow and make friends.
The 25 participants in the day program go on outings twice a week and remain at MCP the other two days. The organization also offers a host of additional programs for those with developmental disabilities.
“We are thrilled that we are able to own our facility and that we are saving another piece of property from the developers,” Reynolds said. “I think everybody will be happy that (the property) will be intact.”
Reynolds said when she first heard that the SRC was shutting its Evergreen programs, she knew she needed to try to buy the property.
“We met with Chris (Linn, SRC president) and told him we were interested, and he never put it on the market,” she said. The sale was official on July 2, and programs start in the Yellow House on July 19.
Reynolds said Mountain Community Pathways has had a long history with the Yellow House. Over the years, MCP participants regularly joined the seniors for lunch and for socialization.
“I believe this is a significant event not just for us but all of the Evergreen community,” said Kim Agnew, MCP’s program director. “It is truly an amazing accomplishment for (Reynolds) and (Wilson) to be able to make this dream a reality for us. Since MCP opened in May of 2013, they have and continue to show incredible leadership, commitment, foresight and caring by providing comprehensive services for our participants with developmental disabilities.”
Staff members agree they are heartbroken that area senior citizens have lost their gathering place at the Yellow House, and they are grateful to Church of the Hills for allowing the program to operate in its facility. Yet, they are happy to have a place of their own.
“We will be autonomous for the first time,” Reynolds said. “That will be really awesome.”
Wilson added: “We make sure our participants get what they need. We care a lot about our folks. This is going to be great.”
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