Miami Senior Center gets $20,000 grant from Resolution Copper

David Sowders/Arizona Silver Belt Thanks to a recent grant, the Miami Senior Citizens Center will be able to buy new appliances for its kitchen. Pictured, from left, are Senior Center cook Susana Hurtado, Senior Center delivery driver Juli Sanidad, Town Director of Community Services Christine Duarte, Senior Center activities coordinator Vera Fisher and Town Manager Micah Gaudet.

Thanks to a recently awarded grant from Resolution Copper Company, the Miami Senior Citizens Center is about to receive some badly needed kitchen upgrades.

During their Feb. 8 meeting, Miami’s Town Council approved a $20,000 grant agreement with Resolution Copper that will be used for new kitchen appliances at the center.

Senior Center cook Susana Hurtado said the grant was like winning the lottery.

Unable to host meals due to Covid-19, the center has switched completely to home delivery. Christine Duarte, the town’s director of community services, said that for seven months of the pandemic the center was delivering about 700 meals a week – more than its current appliances could handle.

Duarte said the center had to borrow a freezer from the Miami Swimming Pool to keep meals for delivery. In addition to hot, cold and frozen meals, clients receive fresh fruit, regular milk and chocolate milk. “We just didn’t have room for all that stuff,” said Duarte.

“It’s like Christmas in February, because they’ve never had new equipment here,” she added. “We want to thank Resolution Copper for being supportive of us through this crisis. They’ve really helped us to help the community.”

Duarte said the center has been “window shopping” for new appliances, and aims to start getting them in early March.

The Miami Senior Citizens Center serves clients from west of Escudilla Drive to Top of the World, whose senior center it also operates, as well as in the Wheatfields area. Anyone age 60 or above who lives in those areas and is in need of home-delivered meals can call the Senior Center at 928-473-4190.

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