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Commissioners Recognize Retirement of Dennis Crosser

After 28 Years at Fountain Valley Senior Center

 

October 24, 2018

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County Commissioners were joined by staff members and family members in honoring long-time Fountain Valley Senior Center Director Dennis Crosser on his recent retirement.

The Board of El Paso County Commissioners recently recognized the retirement of Dennis Crosser with an official Proclamation, expressing thanks for his 28 years at the El Paso County Fountain Valley Senior Center.

“Mr. Crosser has played an important role in extending many valuable services to the aging population in the region, including transportation, nutrition, wellness and entertainment programs to help them maintain an independent lifestyle,” said Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez, Jr., as he read the Proclamation into the record.

Mr. Crosser began his service to the citizens of El Paso County as a volunteer driver for the Fountain Valley Senior Center in 1989 and became an employee in 1990. He received promotions to Senior Center Transportation Coordinator in 1998 and Transportation Operations Supervisor in 2006. In 2013, he was named executive director of the senior center.

Commissioner Gonzalez, who represents the Fountain area, said he was impressed by the number of people that were at Dennis Crosser’s recent retirement party. “I keep thinking about how much that community appreciates what you have done, the value that you’ve brought to them. And it has been great getting to work with you for the last year and a half.”

The Fountain Valley Senior Center serves as a focal point where older adults receive valuable services and participate in activities. The center provides a meal site, as well as transportation options for residents in southern and eastern El Paso County to help facilitate independence and reduce isolation.

Deputy Director of El Paso County Department of Human Services Chris Garvin said 18 years ago he worked with Dennis at the Fountain Valley Senior Center. “Thank God for Dennis Crosser,” Garvin said. “Dennis was my expert to go to. He saved me many times on transportation issues. I want to thank him for that. But more importantly I want to thank him for bringing joy and compassion and a warm heart to the seniors at Fountain Valley Senior Center. His impact is pretty profound.”

Crosser was instrumental in developing a financial operations structure with El Paso County to comply with requirements for state and federal grants in concert with the nonprofit operations of the center.

Dennis Crosser

Crosser expanded his efforts beyond the senior center. He frequently shared his piano skills, providing entertainment for various activities and special events at the center, as well as helping to raise thousands of dollars in support for the center and other senior organizations by volunteering his time and talent with local drama and musical groups.

Cheryl Schnell, the El Paso County DHS Aging and Adult Services Director, also thanked Dennis for his service. “Thank you for your 28 years of service. Not only to the county, but to our community of seniors. You have brought joy, laughter, compassion and music to so many people. You’ve made a difference in people’s lives. I can’t think of a better legacy.”

The Fountain Valley Senior Center is at 5745 Southmoor Drive in Fountain. It is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and closed holidays. For more information on programs and activities, see page 9, call 520-6470 or visit the website at: https://humanservices.elpasoco.com/fountain-valley-senior-center/.

 

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