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 Social workers, such as Susan Cusmano, of the Macomb County Health Department, will be among those providing information to the public at the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe’s resource fair Sept. 20.

Social workers, such as Susan Cusmano, of the Macomb County Health Department, will be among those providing information to the public at the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe’s resource fair Sept. 20.

Photo provided by Sarah Frederick

RARE, senior center to offer resource fair for residents

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 27, 2019

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe and its senior center are welcoming the public to join them for a resource fair, which is a chance to see what RARE and its partnering agencies can provide.

“What we’re doing is on (Friday) Sept. 20, it started out as an open house, but we’re calling it a resource fair now. It’s a chance people can come in and see what we have to offer,” said RARE Director Tony Lipinski. “The senior center is doing one during the day, and we will be doing one in the evening.”

The senior center program will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the RARE program will take place from 4 to 7 p.m.; both will take place at the RARE building, located at 18185 Sycamore St. in Roseville.

“It’s just a way for community members to see what kind of opportunities they have as Roseville and Easpoitne residents, and see what they can do as part of this community,” explained RARE Assistant Director Sarah Frederick. “Anyone is welcome to attend the event or participate in the activities, but there are special prices for Eastpointe and Roseville residents.”

The organizers are calling it a resource fair instead of an open house because it will be giving those in attendance information or resources not available or not commonly available at RARE in addition to demonstrating its in-house programming.

“It will not only provide information about the senior center, but resources such as flu shots or information about medical assistance also will be provided at the resource fair,” said Mary Grant, the senior center director.

Grant said the resource fair should give people a better understanding of the options presented by RARE and the senior center.

“We are going to, for the first time, have an event like this. It will have things like flu shots, Macomb County Health Department representatives talking to seniors about health issues and vendors from places like home health care agencies,” she said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to see an abundance of the people we have working or taking part in the senior center here.”

Grant invited everyone in the community — even those who are already familiar with RARE and the senior center — to check out the resource fair. 

“If you are a senior who lives in Eastpointe or Roseville, it would be beneficial to come down — even if you already take part in our programs,” Grant said. “You may see some things you’ve never heard about, and some fun new programs or some useful resources that could be helpful may be available.”

Grant added that she hopes the resource fair will catch on and be something they are able to bring back year after year.

“It’s free and no registration is necessary. Our program base is for members of our community, so it’s directed at residents from our two communities,” she said. “We will have a tote bag given away to the first 250 people. Refreshments will be served. … If it’s a success, we hope to bring it back and expand it in future years.”

The other RARE programs will be presented later in the day. RARE had a similar open house program when it opened its current building, but this is the first time it has shown off its full spectrum of offerings at a public event since.

Those attending can take tours of the building, learn more about RARE programs and see demonstrations by instructors.

“A lot of our instructors will be there talking about their programs this fall, and we will be sharing all of our fall events we run in-house. People can walk through the facility and see what we have here,” said Frederick. “Some of our instructors are offering free 20-minute demos of their programs. We’ll have a tennis demo, Zumba Gold, a Pound class, personal training and Boxercise. There may be more; we are still confirming some of our instructors.”