by Joni Astrup
A delegation visiting Elk River from Tanzania, Africa, has returned home with a check to begin construction of an Elder House.
The house, in Tanzania, will be a place where up to 14 elderly people at a time can receive care in the last days of their lives.
The cost of constructing the Elder House is approximately $70,000. About $57,000 had been raised, plus the Elk River Lions Club recently donated $5,000 to the project, according to Dan Dixon, a key organizer of the Elder House. In addition, the Elk River Rotary Club is considering a gift of $2,500 toward the project.
Dixon said a check was presented to the Tanzania delegation to start the construction of the mission while the remaining money is raised to furnish the house with beds, tables and chairs.
The Elder House is expected to take about six months to complete with the opening by June 2014.
Dixon is the president and CEO of Guardian Angels in Elk River. The Elder House is the result of a long relationship between Central Lutheran Church in Elk River and two Lutheran churches in Tanzania.