Community members and elected officials gathered on the sidewalk of 2nd and Washington Streets Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the opening of Centro Hispano new Senior Center.
Before the official ribbon cutting, President of the organization, Michael Toledo, talked about what inspires him to continue to serve the community.
“What a humbling moment it is to stand here in front of friends, family, funders, advocates and community partners to mark this very special occasion. Thank you all for being here. Today is a special day. Today is a day of new beginnings. Today is a day we’ve been waiting for for a long, long time” said Toledo.
Named Mami Angie’s Casa De La Amistad Senior Center, the facility is an overdue upgrade from the organizations former locations at 5th and Washington streets,
Toledo added, “This community’s passion for service and support for community benefit organizations like Centro Hispano continues to amaze and inspire me.”
“Today’s ceremony highlights and is a tangible reminder of our mission to inspire, to support, to enhance the acculturation of the growing Latino community through collaborative initiatives designed to enable individuals and families to improve their quality of life and the quality of life of their families.”
“This is made possible in part by our unwavering commitment to breaking down barriers and building bridges of access for our community through our Senior Center, our health and Wellness programs, and our food service programs that are happening in our space behind me.”
“This new facility and the beginning of phase two, which is taking place as we speak in the Gateway building to our left our information and referral and safety net programming are a bold reflection of that commitment to our community.”