'Home away from home'

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Senior citizens walked through the doors of the new Four Pointes location at 1051 S. Beacon Blvd. for the first time Monday.

“Wow,” said Grand Haven resident Marjorie Larson, who attends the senior center 3-4 times each week. “It’s a big surprise to walk in the door and see everything.”

Four Pointes, formerly known as the North Ottawa County Council on Aging, moved its activity center and offices to make way for Muskegon Community College to occupy the lower level of the Grand Haven Community Center.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Wednesday for the new Four Pointes location. The community will have a chance to tour it during an open house from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Construction for the nearly $1 million project to prepare the former store space in the South Beacon Plaza began in October 2012 and ended this month, said Four Pointes Executive Director Brigit Hassig. She said that is about $250,000 less than initial estimates because they cut out some aesthetics without jeopardizing the organization or its services.

The new location provides senior citizens with restaurant-style meal services, with food from AgeWell services in Muskegon. Participants can also use a Grab-and-Go station for small snacks.

In the Resource Center, seniors can learn more about using technology, such as computers and tablets.

The new space has separate rooms for activities, art, playing pool and employee offices.

“This facility allows us to meet a variety of needs,” Hassig said.

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