ILWACO - Former Long Beach Mayor Dale Jacobson has been elected as chairman of the Pacific Aging Council Endeavors board of directors. Jacobson's considerable experience and lobbying skills will be put to good use as PACE's in-home care and nutrition programs begin working on fund-raising efforts to remodel their facilities in the Ilwaco Community Building.

Jacobson, who has served on the PACE board for about two years, says he's sponsoring a grassroots effort to raise funds for the remodeling project. "If we get enough support from the city and the county, I'll go to Olympia to lobby the legislators to help out with state funding," he said. And, because the building is designated as a disaster relief center, Jacobson hopes to get support from U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

"My personal goal is to get a good foundation built for the remodeling project so it will serve the whole Peninsula. It will be a real asset for Ilwaco," Jacobson said.

The PACE agencies and their partner Olympic Area Agency on Aging, provide, through Harbors Home Health, skilled in-home nursing care and, through Willapa Counseling Service, help for the mentally challenged. They also work with local service groups such as the Lions Club, which is sponsoring a room at the community building, and the Kiwanis Club which provides wheelchairs, crutches and other devices to help people with disabilities or difficulty with movement.

PACE's nutrition arm provides meals for people 60 years of age and older at the center for a suggested donation of $3. "If they can't afford it, they can dine for free," Jacobson said. "The meals are always delicious and balanced and nutritious. I eat there regularly myself even though I'm not 60 yet and pay $6. It's a great deal."

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