Olu’s Center for seniors and kids

Olu’s Center, the first facility of its kind in the Twin Cities’ north metro area, celebrated its new site opening at 1315 12th Ave. N with a public open house on July 29.

The unique, intergenerational center provides daycare to senior citizens, and also to preschool and school-age children, in a clean, natural and environmentally-conscious environment. Olu’s Center provides licensed childcare for infants and children age six weeks to three years; preschool care for children from three to six years of age; supervision and educational activities for children six to 12 years old; and senior daycare.

Olu’s Center’s strategically-designed menu of activities for children and seniors includes arts and crafts, gardening, healthy eating, exercise and field trips. Additional offerings for seniors include estate-planning assistance and memoir writing.

For children, Olu’s Center offers a well-balanced curriculum that encourages imagination, builds pride and offers new challenges. It provides opportunities for academic success and promotes additional knowledge in core subject areas, through a variety of experiences.

Olu’s Center is open during the summer for day camp.

The Center is affiliated with Olu’s Home, a licensed care organization founded in 1999 that provides residential and in-home services to the elderly, and persons with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness. Along with the Center, Olu’s also operates nine state-licensed group homes in the Minneapolis area. The homes provide residential and in-home services to individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and mental illness.

Gloria Freeman, founder and CEO of Olu’s Home and Olu’s Center, says the new center is designed to provide “a nourishing environment where seniors and children can build relationships, inspire, give and learn freely.” Freeman says the opening of the innovative center, located in a former charter school building, represents the culmination of a dream. “This has been five to six years in the making.” For info call 612-824-1142 x203.