After several months of litigation with the city of Sunland Park, seniors in the area can again re-use the amenities the New Mexico Family Services Senior Center has to offer. Litigations between the both parties lasted for over six months, and now they say they are ready to move forward.
“We are providing programs that nobody else is doing– we provide family medical, acute care, pediatrics, geriatrics, gynecology,” says the director of the New Mexico Family Services Lourdes Torres. “Things happened in the past that were now resolved. And we’re now working together as a team with the city of Sunland Park for the benefit of the community.”
As we reported, back in October a group representing the senior citizens protested because they wanted answers on the condition of the center. The citizens made strong allegations against the city, including trespassing, violating privacy rights, and damages at an adult day care center.
Hector Rangel, a representative with the city says that everything is sorted out and that it’s going to take at least a year for all project at the center to be completed.
“We go from providing the best services that we can to these seniors, that’s the purpose of this building, and that’s what they will be getting,” Rangel says.
Members of the community say it’s very nice to have the center open again. Organizers say that having the facility back will give seniors in the community the opportunity to socialize on a daily basis.