Wrangell’s senior center is getting a new bus. That’s largely thanks to a $72,000 grant from the state. The senior center’s manager Tom Jenkins says that’ll help residents 60 and up get around. 

“We’re going to have two vans and two drivers. We’re going to be in good shape,” Jenkins said.

For just a dollar suggested donation, seniors can request a ride anywhere in Wrangell. Catholic Community Services operates senior centers across Southeast. It’s been upgrading its bus fleet and Wrangell was next in line.

The center will also extend its transportation hours. Rides Monday through Friday currently run from 9:00 am till  2:30 pm. 

But on another front, Wrangell’s senior center hasn’t been serving lunches in-house since last month. That’s because it’s short staffed. 

Jenkins says it’s a long process to fill positions at the senior center. One factor is the criminal background checks needed. 

“And while that’s a plus in security and safety it’s a negative in that it takes so long,” Jenkins said.

The center did screen an hire a driver this week.

Three finalists are undergoing background checks. Home meals are still being delivered.