New Warren SCOPE location officially opened
WARREN — The Warren SCOPE Center that had its beginnings with the YWCA has officially opened at its new location at 375 N. Park Ave. sharing space with the YWCA.
An open house was held recently to see the SCOPE Center and the various services it offers. The center opened Nov. 1 at the new location after moving from its former site off West Market Street.
Mike Wilson, executive director of SCOPE, said the main room located on the lower floor includes artwork of local seniors and tables for daily lunch and games. The American Legion Post 278 also uses the room.
The room was named for SCOPE founders Roberta Graham and Dorothy Kline. Graham at the time was a YWCA adult director with SCOPE holding its programming at the YWCA before relocating to Pine Avenue.
Wilson said some of the artwork displayed was also done by children taking part in YWCA programs. Art classes are instructed by Kathryn Infante.
”We decided to decorate the room with the artwork. We have more rooms for more activities here. The music people are not next to the people eating. The card players are separate from the bingo calling,” he said.
Wilson said SCOPE has partnered with the YWCA on the multi-generational building.
Linda Bagaglia of Cortland said the new location is bigger with more space.
She said while she attends activities at the Cortland SCOPE, she wanted to see what was offered at the Warren site.
Wilson said the gymnasium on second floor is used for special events and men’s choir practices and the computer room is shared with the YWCA.
”We are the third center to have Silver Sneakers,” he said.
Wilson said while the center is the biggest site, it is not the busiest noting Howland and Niles are busier with scheduled programs and events.
”We are very excited to be at the new site. Once they came here the majority of members like it,” Wilson said.
Sheila Conner of Warren said she was very excited with the move to the new location.
”Once people see all that is offered here they want to be here,” Conner said.
Marvin Waggoner of Lordstown said the new center was not what he expected.
”There is more space to take part in different activities,” he said.
Other centers are located in Champion, Cortland, Howland, Lordstown, and Niles and a new one in Ravenna.
The new Warren SCOPE Center at 375 N. Park Ave., Warren, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and also later on Tuesday evenings for programs.