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Mayor Announces New Facility for Senior Citizens

Mayor Richard J. Berry unveiled the City’s latest, state of the art senior facility CASA Kitchen.

ALBUQUERQUE—Mayor Richard J. Berry unveiled the City’s latest, state of the art senior facility CASA Kitchen at 2540 Karsten Ct., SE, 87102.  Construction of the 10,000 square foot facility began in July, 2010 and was completed this month.  The new facility is comprised of a 5,400 square foot commercial kitchen, 1,800 square feet of food storage, 2800 square feet of office space and a covered loading dock for Senior Affairs delivery vehicles.  CASA will also house the Department’s transportation program.

"This project is particularly meaningful to Albuquerque seniors, because the new kitchen provides 750 meals daily to our home-bound elderly," said Mayor Berry.  "For many of our City’s older residents, a hot, noon-time meal may be the only interaction he or she has throughout the day or week.  Our home-delivered meal program not only provides a nutritious meal to those unable to cook for themselves, but it also acts as a safety net for those living alone.”

Designed by Rohde May Keller McNamara, Architecture, PC, Richard Borkovetz Landscape Architects and constructed by FAMCO, Inc., and funded at a cost of $4.3 million dollars by City General Obligation Bonds and State Grants, CASA replaces the John Marshall Kitchen, built in the 1960’s and formerly a school cafeteria.  "We are excited that this facility has finally come to fruition," remarked Department Director Jorja Armijo-Brasher.  "CASA is future-oriented and will help us better serve the 46% increase in the senior population, aged 60 and older, expected in the next 5 to 10 years."

In addition to the home-delivered meals program, the City of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, Department of Senior Affairs provides hot noon meals, Monday through Friday, at eight centers and more than 20 meal sites located throughout Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

The senior transportation program, also housed at CASA Kitchen is critically important also, in that it takes seniors to medical appointments and on other errands to keep seniors living safely and independently at home.

For more information about these services call the Senior Information Line, 764-6400.