History of Our Organization
In 1983, when Boerne was still considered a small Hill Country town, a meeting of representatives from each of the churches in town was held to establish a nutrition program to serve the needs of senior citizens throughout the area. The Benedictine Sisters were the first to offer the kitchen and dining room from their recently closed high school without any fees to use Monday through Friday. It is due to the support provided by the Benedictine Sisters that the nutrition program began. Acknowledging the need for more support, the other churches sent volunteers to help with the newly founded Boerne Area Nutrition Project.
The program was a community success! Soon after a new name was needed and a contest was held. The winner was Oliver Graves, who submitted ‘Rainbow Senior Center’ (RSC). It was an appropriate choice because the center was considered the ‘pot of gold’ for many who came. Seniors came for the meals and enjoyed the fellowship shared around the table just as much, if not more.
By 1987, the Rainbow Senior Center was thriving and needed more room. The Boerne Community Center extended the option to be a permanent tenant in their building. Through numerous gifts and donations from local businesses and clubs, the RSC was able to equip the kitchen which operated each day the Community Center was open.
Soon, the challenge to find a large space arose again. Fortunately, the Benedictine Sisters stepped forward again to offer their gym behind the Catholic Church as the solution. With the generosity of the Sisters, the RSC was able to remodel the gym to include a kitchen on one end and the Wishing Well Gift Shop on the other end.
By 1998, we began a search for a land donation where the center could build. Martha Lattimore donated just over an acre on San Antonio Road. St. Peter’s Church was going to eliminate a steel building and generously donated it to the center. After two years of minimal progress due to heavily relying on donations and construction completed by volunteers, we approached the Kronkosky Foundation with a request for help. After visiting the site, the Kronkosky foundation generously donated $100,000 to finish the building project and we were able to finally move in on May 29, 2000.
With the new building completed, everyone was thrilled. However, after a short time we realized we had outgrown our space yet again. A capital campaign commenced to build a new, larger building. Architects were selected and the Kronkosky Foundation selected our building to be their signature project for Kendall County. They agreed to award us with $4.5 million for the capital campaign, providing the Rainbow Senior Center could raise the remaining funds. The Center was nearly $1.5 million short of completion when we decided to approach Mr. T. Boone Pickens for support. Mr. Pickens agreed to personally donate the remaining amount to finish the project.
Kronkosky Place, was dedicated to the citizens of Kendall County in 2010 to continue the legacy of the Rainbow Senior Center as it transitioned into expanding new services and programs for older adults. RSC has transitioned again in 2022 with a new name, The Center, to better encompass the variety of existing programs which span the social, health and lifestyle needs to ensure older adults stay active and engaged. From an active retiree looking to fill their newfound leisure time through supporting a homebound neighbor relying on a daily wellness check and delivery of a hot meal, The Center promotes opportunities to live longer and healthier lives.