Johnson County Senior Services has been on a mission for more than a year to move to a new, handicapped-accessible home in order to provide services to more residents.

The organization, funded with grants and donations, is housed in a 162-year-old building on State Street in Franklin, which is too small.

The organization has been on a mission to raise $360,000 to build a new facility, similar to a pole barn, Executive Director Kimberly Smith said.

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So far, $180,000 has been collected, which includes a $25,000 donation from the new Meijer store in Franklin, memorial donations, restaurant fundraisers and an anonymous $50,000 donation. But no money has been raised in recent months, and the need is greater than ever, Smith said.

“We will continue to pray,” Smith said. “We know God’s plan is perfect. I just do not know where we are going to land. Every day is a struggle and incredibly challenging to be in our current location and we must get in a position to help more people.”

Senior services will accept donations of any form from the public, such as a donation of land, money, materials or in-kind work in an effort to get a building to better serve more residents, Smith said.

“Whatever someone is gifting us, I know God can use it,” she said.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2774.