2006-10-27 / Community

Roy Reuther Senior Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

There are no empty seats during celebration. There are no empty seats during celebration. Seniors, JASA representatives and elected officials got together last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Roy Reuther Houses Senior Center.

The center, which is funded by the New York City Department for the Aging, provides residents of the area with various activities such as parties, trips to museums and shows, discussion groups, arts and crafts, yoga and dance, according to Sydney Lombardi, the center's director.

"We average about 120 people a day, and you don't have to live here [at Roy Reuther Houses] to attend," said Lombardi.

Among those attending the celebration was Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, who presented the center with a citation from the State Assembly in recognition of the day.

"The senior center is good for socialization, [provides you] with good food and keeps you healthy," said Pheffer, who was credited by several speakers as having played a large role in the relocation of the center to Roy Reuther Houses ten years ago.

Robert Weber, the director of group services at JASA said, "This should be a model for all senior centers in New York City. There aren't many where you could look out and see the Atlantic Ocean from your dining room. I wish we could replicate this place in a lot of our centers throughout the city."

A Powerpoint photo retrospective of the center's history has the full attention of these ladies. A Powerpoint photo retrospective of the center's history has the full attention of these ladies. Also attending the October 19 event was Gail Bailey who brought greetings from Councilman James Sanders Jr., and several representatives from JASA.

Anyone who is interested in more information about the senior center may call (718) 471-3110.

Carolyn Wilson shows off her 8- month old granddaughter Shamara. During the ceremony, Wilson read a poem about understanding our differences and celebrating our sameness. Carolyn Wilson shows off her 8- month old granddaughter Shamara. During the ceremony, Wilson read a poem about understanding our differences and celebrating our sameness. Pictured are some of the seniors who were treated to a special lunch as part of the celebration. Pictured are some of the seniors who were treated to a special lunch as part of the celebration. Sydney Lombardi (the director at the Roy Reuther Houses senior center) and Robert Weber (the director for group services at JASA) join Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer after she presented the center with a State Assembly citation in recognition of the occasion. Sydney Lombardi (the director at the Roy Reuther Houses senior center) and Robert Weber (the director for group services at JASA) join Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer after she presented the center with a State Assembly citation in recognition of the occasion.

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