Every day is a good day at the Taft Center, site of Chautauqua Adult Day Services (CADS). Friday, June 24 was a particularly good day. On that day the Center celebrated its fortieth year of operation in Chautauqua County. Ceremonies included a ribbon cutting to dedicate the building, the former First Baptist Church at 358 East Fifth Street, now christened the Bercik-Lucks Center in honor of Director Frank Bercik and Associate Director Karen Lucks. The two have administered the Center for more than thirty years. The ribbon cutting was followed by a luncheon and warm remarks from staff, Board members and local dignitaries. Especially recognized for his long service on the Board was current Board president Gerard Roque. A plaque affixed to the Activity Room now bears his name.
“Our theme is Thankful, said Mr. Bercik. He and Ms. Lucks praised the First Baptist Church Association, which gifted the building to CADS in 2019, and the many community philanthropists who funded the extensive renovations necessary to promote the agency’s mission.
The Taft Center is named for Frances B. Taft, who, forty years ago, recognized the need for such a facility in Chautauqua County. Ms. Taft chaired a task force that quickly succeeded in establishing CADS. The agency continually outgrew limited pace. In addition to the Adult Day program CADS operates the Present Center specifically for older adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and memory loss and a Latino Outreach to Seniors program providing interpretation and translation services. Acquiring First Baptist allowed the agency to consolidate its operations and provide additional space for its Adult Day program.
The Adult Day program offers nutrition, transportation, case management services and recreation. A United Way Community Partner, CADS enables caregivers to keep a loved one at home and to take advantage of regular respite from caregiving. Also, for many, the ability to continue employment while free of the demands of caregiving. For its clients the Center offers a dignity and quality of life through socialization and active programming including music and Arts and Crafts.
CADS is the first Adult Day program in Chautauqua County. Since opening in Jamestown the program has expanded to Dunkirk to provide services in the north county. CADS is a non-profit organization. Funding is available. For information regarding fees, programming, etc. call (716) 665-4899 or visit www.seniordayprograms.com.