Generations continues to be a shining star

IT’S BEEN MORE THAN seven years since the innovative Generations intergenerational center opened in Plymouth, but things have certainly not stood still there.

The visionary center that houses services for all ages, providing opportunities for interaction between age groups to enhance not only their lives but the life of the community as well, took more than a decade to make the tortuous journey from farsighted concept to thriving reality.

Like those who are regular users of its various services, from the newborn to the oldest senior citizen, Generations has continued to grow and prosper just as it has helped its many clients grow and prosper.

The center has added features and facilities, both inside and on its spacious grounds, to provide more of the service and support its many users, and the community as a whole, want and need, from expanded meeting space to pickleball courts and a challenging exercise and fitness trail.

Generations has also added programming to reach out to the entire community, from monthly free outdoor concerts during the summer to family-friendly events like the Bubble Wonders show last week.

All of that has helped Generations meet its mission and vision to serve as a true community center for all ages.

The center has earned national recognition for its unique accomplishments and service while making itself a vital part of the city of Plymouth, Sheboygan County and beyond.

Support continues to come for the center from throughout the community, including city government.

Since Generations took over operating the Plymouth Adult Community Center after the former senior center became one of the initial clients of the center, the city has provided financial support that has been a vital part of the PACC’s continued success, both through annual payments towards its operating budget and grants for various needs through the city’s senior fund.

The city reaffirmed its commitment to the PACC last month, extending its annual support for another three years with a one percent increase each year.

The city’s contribution represents one-sixth of the center’s total annual revenue, Generations Executive Director Vicky Schneider wrote in an e-mail to City Administrator Brian Yerges. “The three-year agreement allows for us to budget and plan accordingly with confidence.”

She added that the continued support from the city “is essential for us to be able to operate and maintain our building and offer quality programs for older adults.”

The city’s commitment is just one part of the community-wide support that has made Generations not only succeed over the past seven years but flourish and serve as a shining example for other communities to follow and emulate.

Plymouth, and everyone who lives here, can be proud of our one-of-a-kind Generations intergenerational center as we continue to show our support for the center and its wide range of beneficial programming.

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