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First-ever assisted living facility comes to Jesup

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JESUP (KWWL) -

Imagine being forced to leave your lifelong community because of declining health.

That was the case in Jesup, until people there decided to take it upon themselves to keep these people close to home.

It was move-in day Monday and Tuesday at Jesup's first-ever assisted living facility, Winding Creek Meadows. All the final touches are happening for an idea that started with Todd Rohlfsen just 10 years ago.

"We had an elderly gentleman actually on his way in to an assisted living facility in Waterloo, and he stopped in my office and he said, 'Todd, we need one of these in our community,'" said Rohlfsen, Jesup Retirement Living board member.

It sounded like a big project for the town of Jesup to build a first-ever assisted living community, but Rohlfsen says the community came together.

He says they raised $800,000 on top of a $3 million loan from the USDA.

"There's so many seniors in the area that just need the help, and this is going to ensure that they get to stay," said Cylvi Gary, facility director.

There are 24 rooms at Winding Creek Meadows, and there are five people scheduled to move in on Monday.

For one person in a one-bedroom place, the cost will be $2,950. A two-bedroom place is $3,800.

"We were losing so many of our elderly people to the surrounding communities that had a facility like this, and we thought it was important that we give them the opportunity to stay in our community for as long as they can," said Rohlfsen. 

An open house will be held Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

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