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Orcutt senior center gets new home

Oasis membership has tripled over last 7 years

Oasis Senior Center is getting a new...

ORCUTT, Calif. - The Oasis Senior Center in Orcutt is getting a new home. 

"This is a place where they can make new friends, have new opportunities and a new lease on life," says Doug Dougherty, Executive Director. 

Doughtery says in the last seven years membership here has nearly tripled in size. 

"Orcutt is growing and fast and this is something that will be a centerpiece for the community," he says. 

A centerpiece that people driving into Old Orcutt will see. He's talking about the non-profit's new location on East Clark Avenue. It is just a few minutes away from where it is now.

"We are no longer just for seniors, we are for the whole community," says Keith Bugal.  

He has been coming to the center for the last five years. He says it serves as a place for seniors and a location where different organizations in town can meet. 

"They weren't aware of how big we have gotten," he says. 

Right now the organization leases the property from the Orcutt Unified School District. 

It's land the district is looking to develop. Therefore, Dougherty says it's a race against the clock to get the new location built. 

"It's really being built by the community," he says. 

Renderings show what it is expected to look like. Dougherty tells us with the help of donors, fundraisers and grants,  the $4 million project is expected to be built and completed in 2018.  

"It's something the community has been needing for a long time," he says. 

He says this new location will help bring people together, serving not only the seniors but the community as a whole.

"It'll be a staple and something when we say a community center we mean that with all sincerity," says Bugal. 

The non-profit is having a fundraiser on March 24 at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria. 

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