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Advocates for Senior Issues invite you to Kent County Senior Millage Open House

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Kent County Senior Millage Open House takes place Friday October 18, 2013 from 10:00 a.m until 1:00 p.m. at Kentwood Christian Church. Stop by for a light lunch, door prizes and information on Senior Millage Services.

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The Advocates for Senior Issues, a non-partisan group of older adults, is inviting the community to attend the Kent County Senior Millage Open House on Friday, October 18, 2013.

The Open House will be held in conjunction with the Advocates for Senior Issues (Advocates) meeting, held this month at Kentwood Christian Church (5841 Kalamazoo SE). The Open House will allow guests to visit booths of all 31 Senior Millage providers to find out more information and ask questions.

The Advocates are also opening up their monthly meeting up to the general public, allowing guests to hear more information on the Senior Millage as well as a presentation from Bob Fox, Michigan Senior Advocates Council.

“The Advocates for Senior Issues have been supporters of the Kent County Senior Millage and played a role in its inception back in 1998. Members from our group were also involved in the renewal campaign in 2006 and continue to help get the word out about the great work the Millage does for our seniors,” says Tom Appel, Advocates for Senior Issues President. “We are excited to partner with the Senior Millage to provide this great community event.”

On Friday October 18, 2013, the Advocates meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run through 11:00 a.m. and the Kent County Senior Millage Open House will last from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The community is welcome to attend both or just stop by for one or the other.  Light lunch and door prizes will be provided during the Millage Open House.

“The Kent County Senior Millage served over 17,000 older adults in 2012 alone and has been an asset to our community, especially in times of state and federal funding cuts to older adult programs,” says Tom Czerwinski, Executive Director at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, which administers the Millage. “The Open House allows the community to learn about all the great services that are available for our county’s older adult population.”

Kent County voters approved the Senior Millage in 1998 for a period of eight years and in 2006, voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal with a slight increase. Kent County contracts with the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan to administer the millage dollars. In 2013, $6,086,861 will provide funding for 44 unique services for older adults. For more information on the Kent County Senior Millage, visit

The Advocates for Senior Issues is a non-partisan group of seniors that meet monthly to advocate on behalf of older adults. The group was formed in 1982 and has grown to include a membership of over 300 individuals and organizations. For more information on the group, visit

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