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Next? Senior center asks for input

Silverton Senior Center’s ReVamp Thrift Boutique has closed. Now the senior center board has a survey out asking the community to help set a new direction for the site.
Silverton Senior Center’s ReVamp Thrift Boutique has closed. Now the senior center board has a survey out asking the community to help set a new direction for the site.

By Melissa Wagoner

The doors of the Silverton Senior Center’s ReVamp Thrift Boutique, located on High Street in downtown, closed on Oct. 3 so that the space could receive a much-needed health and safety overhaul.

“We’re revamping the ReVamp,” Executive Director, Dodie Brockamp, confirmed. “It’s a pivoting time.”

Opened in July 2013 as a place for downsizing seniors to donate goods that, when sold, would provide the Senior Center with additional income, the concept has, over the past nine years, developed one major flaw – too much supply and not enough demand.

“We were really more of a storage space,” Brockamp said.

Which is why, she and the members of the Senior Center’s Board of Directors, are conducting a needs assessment survey to determine what the future of ReVamp should be.

It’s a question the board hopes will be answered by the entire community.

“We want to meet the needs of the people,” member Mike Ashland said. 

“The future of the Senior Center isn’t just seniors, it’s the people growing into being seniors,” Brockamp added.

Community input is requested in order to decide the future of the ReVamp Thrift Shop Boutique. To participate, take the  survey available at www.50plus.help.

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