BOWLER, WI – The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians hosted a grand opening ceremony for its new 7,200-square-foot, $1.7 million Elder Care Center on Thursday, February 16. The new Elder Care Center is located at the site of the old center, N8651 Maplewood Street in Bowler, Wisconsin, on the Stockbridge-Munsee reservation.
The new Elder Care Center will offer more than 120 tribal elders daily meal services, transportation services, activities and recreational opportunities, and chore services, including snow removal, lawn maintenance and window washing. Key features of the building include a lounge with a fireplace, a commercial grade kitchen, a 120-seat dining room and professional meeting areas with video conferencing capabilities.
“Building a new home for our elderly has been a goal of our Tribal Council for many years, and I am excited to see it come to fruition,” said Shannon Holsey, president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council. “However, without revenue from the North Star Mohican Casino Resort – which is now at risk because of an unlawful expansion of the Ho-Chunk Wittenberg ancillary gaming facility – a project like this simply is not possible. The ability to care for our elders, who are the people in our community who we respect the most, is just one of the many reasons our Tribal Council is fighting so hard to stop the unlawful Wittenberg expansion.”
"It's great to see the Stockbridge-Munsee providing further investment into their elderly population through the new Elder Care Center,” said Sen. Robert Cowles. “The vital services provided, including home-delivered meals, transportation and recreational activities, will only be enhanced through this new facility, and will serve as an asset to the whole community."
“The Stockbridge-Munsee’s continued partnership and investment in the community with this new Elder Care Center is an important addition and resource for many in the area,” said Rep. Gary Tauchen. “I applaud the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in their efforts.”
The Stockbridge-Munsee tribe used local design-build general contractor, Bayland Buildings, to complete the Elder Care Center project, which began in summer 2016.