Peggy Petlon, director of community services for the county, said the center has been in the works at one level or another for the last nine years, but has never, until now, been developed beyond the planning stage due to other county priorities that always managed to siphon monies away from the project.
The county finally secured funding from the various levels of government that allowed the center to be built and maintained.
After considering different sites throughout the county, the decision was made by the center's advisory board to add on to the existing community services building, which was initially planned to have just such a drop-in center at the time it was designed.
The county was able to fund the addition by spreading the construction costs over two fiscal years, Petlon
"It's been amazing," Petlon
"We have 23 members already.
We thought after two or three months, we may have 10.
added that statistics have shown that drop-in centers help cut back on the amount of commitment calls - suicide scenarios - authorities respond to.
The center's hours of operation are currently Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon.
presented a progress report to the Delaware County Supervisors at a recent board meeting.
offered that "Our drop-in center is one of the nicest and best organized â€¦ Having a new drop-in center in an era of budget concerns demonstrates how far Delaware County is willing to go (to develop such a program)."
said the center was originally planned to open in August, but the breach of the Lake Delhi levee in late July delayed those plans, as the center became an improvised shelter for flood victims.