Menendez, Lautenberg, Bowser Open East Orange Senior Center
Senators Tout More than $440,000 in Federal Funding for East Orange’s First Senior Center
October 13, 2010
East Orange – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) joined East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser and other officials today to open the city’s first Senior Citizens’ Center. The facility, which will serve about 10,000 seniors and disabled adults each year, was built in part with $444,800 in federal funding secured by Senators Lautenberg and Menendez.
“The grand opening of the East Orange Senior Center is an investment in New Jersey seniors,” said Menendez. “This new state-of-the art Center will provide the 10,000 seniors who will use this new facility in the coming year the services and help they need to lead active, safe, and fulfilling lives.”
“Our senior and disabled citizens deserve a place in their communities to exercise, interact and access vital medical services,” stated Lautenberg. “I was pleased to secure federal funding to create this center and I am proud to be here today to see this tremendous vision for East Orange become a reality.”
“Even in tough economic times, we have persevered and completed our promise to have our own Senior Center facility,” Bowser said. “A multitude of people are to be thanked who dedicated their time, energy and resources to bring much-needed programs and services for our seniors.”
The $2 million rehabilitation of 90 Halsted Street, formerly known as the Wilkerson Center, was made possible through $444,800 in federal funding, city funds and contributions from city residents and businesses. The facility now has a pool, multi-purpose room, commercial kitchen, dining facilities, health suite, computer room, and garden plaza.
More than 13 percent of New Jersey residents are over the age of 65. By 2025, senior citizens are expected to comprise more than 17 percent of the state’s population.
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