The Columbia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association hopes it will reach more people after moving to a larger facility on East Broadway. The larger rooms and conference room will give employees room to work with more patients.
Alzheimer’s Association is a national organization that promotes research and provides resources for patients with Alzheimer’s. The Columbia location is part of the Greater Missouri Chapter, which includes facilities in St. Louis and Springfield.
Previously located at 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, the Columbia chapter moved to 2609 E. Broadway in early November. The decision came from issues reaching out to the entire community from the old location, said Jacob Simburger, communications and public policy coordinator for the Greater Missouri Chapter.
“Our previous location was kind of back in the neighborhood, so it wasn’t the most accessible,” Simberger said. “We wanted to move so more people could see us and have easier access to our facilities.”
Willett said the new facility looks more modern and includes more room for storage. It also gives employees more space to work with patients, including hosting support groups and working one-on-one with patients.
For Lucy Williams, who is the Columbia chapter’s public policy coordinator, the new conference room holds the greatest impact. At the old space, she didn’t have room to have advocacy training or to host specialists, advocates and elected officials, she said.
“But now with the location with a private conference room, we’ll be able to host advocates and have elected local officials appear, and that’ll definitely make a difference,” she said. “They can tell their constituents, ‘We have a local chapter here.’”
With its new location, the local organization hopes to increase its presence in Columbia, said Lizzi Willett, Columbia area manager for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
“(With the new location), we are more visible and accessible to the communities we serve here in Columbia,” Willett said. “It gives people the opportunity to see us as they drive past or make it a little bit easier to find us than before.”
Willett encourages everyone to stop by the new location and learn more about Alzheimer’s. The facility will host an open house and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 31.