The Eldorado Service Center is getting back into the swing of things as COVID-10 restrictions are lifted.

“We are looking forward to reopening to our Daily Bread clients on April 5th,” said Jennifer Henderson, the center’s vice president.

Other activities will be returning to the center in the coming days.

“We will be hosting WIC on the first and third Tuesday of every month, and our Second Harvest Food Pantry will be distributing food items on third Tuesdays,” Henderson added.

There are plans to host the Concho Valley Area Agency on Aging. A representative of Congressman Tony Gonzales, and a VA benefits counselor on April 13th. Henderson notes that specific times for the events will be posted on the center’s Facebook page.

The center also serves as a base of operations for the Salvation Army.

A large supply of non-perishable food items such as military MREs (meals ready to eat) and bottled water are being obtained from Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services and will be stored at the center.

“Going forward, we will be better able to respond to emergency events like the winter storm and subsequent power outage we experienced in February,” David Doran, the center’s board president, said on Tuesday.

The expense of operating the center is a primary concern for the facility’s board of directors, especially now that the City of Eldorado has stopped paying the center’s electric bill and providing insurance coverage.

“We are actively looking for new partnerships in order to bring more services into the community and make them available to our citizens,” Henderson explained. “I’ve made contact with two different grant writers in the past two weeks, trying to secure funding to help address our crippled HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. We also need to work on the plumbing in the areas currently being used and we need to find a way to help address our utility expenses.”

The Eldorado Service Center, located in the old hospital/clinic building at 400 West Murchison, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Those interested in donating to the cause are asked to call the center at 325-853-1212, or they may contact any of its board of directors, including Doran, Henderson, Connie Andrews, Kurtis Homer and Peter Thornton.